Tuesday, September 30, 2008

American Heroes

I was watching C-Span as the votes were being tallied in one of the most important bills in our lifetime.

Was the free market economic markets of America to become socialized or would the charge to defeat this bill lead by House Republicans win?

I prayed as I watched the tally and then came the final tally, H.R. 3997 was defeated!!!!!

I was amazed and ecstatic at the same time, I had been glued to the TV set all day while making calls to my Rep. Congressman Mike Rogers, House Republicans, Mike Pence encouraging them to hang tough.

And then it happened, DEFEAT and VICTORY

Defeat of H.R. 3997 and victory for our Democratic Republic and the American people.

Congratulations and many, many thanks to those American heroes, the House Republicans who lead the charge and those 133 Republicans and 95 Democrats who prevented the socialization of the American free market

Monday, September 29, 2008


205 YEA
228 NAY

Bailout Summary


I. Stabilizing the Economy

The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (EESA) provides up to $700 billion to the Secretary of the Treasury to buy mortgages and other assets that are clogging the balance sheets of financial institutions and making it difficult for working families, small businesses, and other companies to access credit, which is vital to a strong and stable economy. EESA also establishes a program that would allow companies to insure their troubled assets.

II. Homeownership Preservation

EESA requires the Treasury to modify troubled loans – many the result of predatory lending practices – wherever possible to help American families keep their homes. It also directs other federal agencies to modify loans that they own or control. Finally, it improves the *HOPE for Homeowners program by expanding eligibility and increasing the tools available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to help more families keep their homes.

III. Taxpayer Protection

Taxpayers should not be expected to pay for Wall Street’s mistakes. The legislation requires companies that sell some of their bad assets to the government to provide warrants so that taxpayers will benefit from any future growth these companies may experience as a result of participation in this program. The legislation also requires the President to submit legislation that would cover any losses to taxpayers resulting from this program from financial institutions.

IV. No Windfalls for Executives

Executives who made bad decisions should not be allowed to dump their bad assets on the government, and then walk away with millions of dollars in bonuses. In order to participate in this program, companies will lose certain tax benefits and, in some cases, must limit executive pay. In addition, the bill limits “golden parachutes” and requires that unearned bonuses be returned.

V. Strong Oversight

Rather than giving the Treasury all the funds at once, the legislation gives the Treasury $250 billion immediately, then requires the President to certify that additional funds are needed ($100 billion, then $350 billion subject to Congressional disapproval). The Treasury must report on the use of the funds and the progress in addressing the crisis. EESA also establishes an Oversight Board so that the Treasury cannot act in an arbitrary manner. It also establishes a special inspector general to protect against waste, fraud and abuse

* Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, today announced his intention to introduce legislation that will create a new program within the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to provide aid to distressed borrowers currently trapped in mortgages they cannot afford. Under the “HOPE for Homeowners Act of 2008," new mortgages that are offered by FHA-approved lenders will refinance abusive loans at a significant discount for homeowners facing difficulty meeting their mortgage payments.

So then from reading this summary, its STILL A BAILOUT.
The House is still voting and we'll have to wait and see which Republicans
will keep to NO BAILOUT but instead extending insurance to banks, Wall Street to cover the bad debt allowing them to remove the debt from the books in order to unfreeze money needed for mortgages and other loans.

Also III calls for companies that sell some of their bad assets to the government to provide warrants so that taxpayers will benefit from any future growth these companies may experience.

However what if these companies eventually fails? Then how will the warrants be honored?

And under V the legislation gives the Treasury $250 billion immediately, then requires the President to certify that additional funds are needed ($100 billion, then $350 billion subject to Congressional disapproval).

Is there any doubt that under a Obama administration and Democrat Congress that the "additional funds" would not be approved?

And also, EESA also establishes an Oversight Board so that the Treasury cannot act in an arbitrary manner.

Who will be on the Oversight Board and who chooses? Will it be stacked with people like Paulsen who created the panic and was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs since the firm’s initial public offering in 1999.

Or maybe Obama-type buddies like Jim Johnson, corporate finance managing director for Lehman Brothers. Johnson served as Fannie Mae CEO from 1991 to 1998

Or Franklin Raines, the head of Fannie Mae from 1998 to 2004,who agreed in April to pay nearly $25 million in a settlement with the government in an accounting scandal.

And what do we know about this new “HOPE for Homeowners Act of 2008", other than Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) receiving the highest amount in contributions from Fannie and Freddie and as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs SHOULD have been aware of this looming economic meltdown, authored it.

The bottom line, as this bill is presented I say VOTE NO House Republicans and do not settle for anything less than an INSURANCE PROGRAM as opposed to a BUY OUT. I spoke with Congressman Rogers Saturday at a fund raiser by phone. I asked him if House Republicans will hang tough and not approve or vote for a BAILOUT. He assured me that he would not vote for a BAILOUT.

Shortly, we will know who has voted against and for this Bill.

McCain/Palin should come out AGAINST this bill as it stands

Most Americans are against it

This is a perfect chance to point out why and who contributed to the problem, Dodd, ACORN, with Obama ties etc

And why the Republican House plan protects taxpayers because IT IS NOT A BAILOUT
The insurance plan would only cost 35 billion as opposed to 700 million!

And Republicans should call for a complete investigation by the FBI, no "bi-partisan" committee

ACORN is out of the bill but I believe that Dodd's new program could funnel money to ACORN and probably is the reason he proposed it...as a means for libs to continue to rape the economic system

Two words:


Contact Congressman Rogers HERE;

133 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: (202) 225-4872
Fax: (202) 225-5820

1327 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, Michigan 48912
Phone: (517) 702-8000
Toll Free: 877-333-MIKE
Fax: (517) 702-8642

Contact House Republicans HERE;

House Republican Conference
Main Office Phone: (202) 225-5107
Press Office Phone: (202) 226-9000
Office Fax: (202) 226-0154
Email: GOP@mail.house.gov

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Bailout Online

I was at a fund raiser yesterday and the special was going to be congressman Rodgers. Of course he could not be there as he was in Washington D.C. working on the Bail out/work out bill

After speaking, congressman Rodgers took questions and I asked him,"Will House Republicans continue to hand tough and hold out for extending insurance as opposed to buying sub-prime and other credit products from Wall Street and banks.

Well the House Republicans did hang tough..

A breakthrough came when Democrats agreed to incorporate a GOP demand — letting the government insure some bad home loans rather than buy them — designed to limit the amount of federal money used in the rescue. Fox News

The proposed bill is online however because Nancy Pelosi just announced that the bill is online, there is a Net traffic jam to the site where you can read the entire proposal

Even Pelosi's site is jammed

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Burning Down The House: What Caused Our Economic Crisis?

Only recommendation, turn down the music, it distracts

No Bailout, Workout Only

Dave Ramsey has a great plan for a workout instead of a bail out. It is not to late to contact your rep. The House Republicans are hanging tough to not accept a bailout, despite tremendous pressure

Call and tell them ,"NO BAILOUT" and Dave's plan shows how it can be done

Dave Ramsey is a Christian financial writer, radio and television host touching all aspects of finance with an emphasis of eliminating debt.

He has a syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, and is heard on over 300 radio stations throughout the United States and Canada, and also on XM and Sirius satellite radio.

He has written over 14 books, three of which have been on the New York Times Best Seller list.
Dave Ramsey

Remember Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, and other companies had artificially put assets on the books? They'd say something was worth $10M when they bought it, but eventually it decreased in value, and they never updated the value in the books. That was part of the fraud. Under current laws at that time, they were all convicted and put in jail for fraud.

Then we got all mad and made all these new laws that are coming out the wazoo called Sarbanes-Oxley. It's a huge, massive law but the idea is that we were going to mandate ethics to corporate America because apparently they didn't have any, according to the Enron failure. It's now a total pain in the butt to execute it in a publicly traded company.

It didn't work because you can't cause ethics to happen. However, it does make each company each day restate what their assets are worth if sold on the market. This accounting procedure is mark to market accounting--you need to remember that. It's a good concept and keeps companies from having loaded balance sheets.

How This Affects Us Today

However, it's part of what's caused this in the news now. Merrill Lynch was sitting with $30 billion tied up in sub-prime loans with houses. Stupid!

They get what they deserve for doing that, and I'm with you on that. Those houses didn't become worthless all of a sudden because those people couldn't sell their bonds. Since they couldn't sell them, they basically gave them away for 22 cents on the dollar. Now do you think all those houses lost 80% of their value underneath that deal?

No, they didn't, so they gave them away for 22 cents on the dollar (about $6 billion total) because there was no market for them. Nobody wants to buy sub-prime bonds because they suck. They're junk bonds. But at 22 cents on the dollar, it's a bargain because even if you foreclosed on every one of the houses in there, you'd probably get $20 billion back out of $30 billion, and so the company that bought those for $6 billion got a deal! But there's no market for them.

That's where these companies are stuck. They can't sell this stuff, but accounting-wise, they've had to mark it down to market and it's frozen the marketplace.

Economist Wesbury is saying that if we change that one rule and don't force them to mark down to market value and just let them hold on to all the stuff, and say just on sub-primes for this period of time you can change that rule -- a temporary change -- that'll free the market up. It's seized right now; it's frozen. This will thaw it out and get it going again. He says that'll solve 60% of the problem ... and I think he's right.

That one accounting rule is what made Merrill Lynch sell out. That one accounting rule is what's driving other ones into the dirt. Would you rather let them change their accounting rule or loan them $700 billion for us to buyout their bad paper?

I'd rather them work their own crap out than have us bail them out with $700 billion of our tax dollars.

I don't like giving them any money or any help with my tax dollars. But I'd rather see that than see the whole thing turn completely upside down in a fruit basket turnover than have a whole meltdown or something and freak out here in the middle of the election season.

Why don't we just take the FHA insurance program and extend it across these sub-primes?

What that means is that you and I are guaranteeing the lender that they're not going to lose as much or any money on those mortgages. Now I don't like guaranteeing them, but I like it better than buying them. In other words, instead of $700 billion in tax-payer debt going out there to bail out these companies, just extend the insurance out. You could probably do that for less than $40 billion. It's like a 95% savings!

If the government insured those mortgages, they would then be marketable. And could sell them. And the companies would stay afloat. And we, the people, don't have to get into the mortgage business. Now we're going to get in there a little bit because of the insurance on those getting foreclosed on. But foreclosures aren't causing this. This is being caused because these companies are frozen and seized up. We've got to let some of the steam come off and put some oil in there to get this thing moving again. We can do that without going into debt $700 billion.

Here's Your Plan
Call your Congressman. Call your Senator. Tell them to change the mark-to-market accounting law and to extend insurance but extend no loans. If they extend loans - if they borrow the money on the national debt in order for us to all go into the mortgage business a trillion dollars - you're going to fire their butts and send them home

I've talked with several people today, and it's on the tables in Washington, but it's not something you're going to see on TV.

If you'll let your Congressmen know you know about this and that you'll vote against them if they don't vote to change the mark-to-market law and you'll contribute your money to make sure they never serve in office again. That's what you need to tell them early and often.

If you're pissed, this is the time to step up and do something about it, America! You can stop this! It's being railroaded down your throat, but you can stop them if you call them in mass starting now. READY ... SET ... GO!


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John MCain Rocks the Debate

If you didn't see it, John McCain rocked the debate last night, despite the many "Obamaruptions" showing "Professor Obama" to be a dangerous neophyte when it comes to foreign policy.
McCain is like Chuck Norris, he's been everywhere!

Was it just me or did you find "Professor Obama" lectures on foreign policies, desperately tiring to convince voters on how much he knows tiresome?

However, I had to hang in there because I am on the Detroit Free Press Voter Panel giving my opinion on the debates that are published in the paper and online.

If you recall I blogged about how the editor of the Free Press stacked the deck of the voter panel with left-wing and anti-war activists like Code Pink members which made the make up of the panel over 60% Democrats as reported by
Fox News

Of course the published comments to the Freep were overwhelming pro-Obama.

So I decided to e-mail the editor with the link to my blog challenging him to include me in his "balanced" voter panel.

And after being outed, he invited me to be on the voter panel and so I am.

My aim is not to comment but to raise questions in the mind of voters about Obama's rhetoric vs reality.

Next debate, Palin vs Biden October 2, 2008
The pitbull with lipstick vs the human gaffe machine

Should be fun!

P.S. Credit where credit is due, "Obamaruptions" was coined by a poster on RedState decribing the many interruptions Obama made when John McCain was speaking.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Is the Fix In?

Barry will rule the day he didn't offer the VP to Hillary let alone not even vetting her as more Hillary supporters publicly endorse John McCain.

First it was Lynn Forester de Rothschild, a top Hillary Clinton fundraiser who announced her support for McCain

Just recently former Hillary staffer Miguel D. Lausell has been popping up on TV endorsing John McCain

And even former President Clinton was speaking approvingly of John McCain...

John McCain's decision to suspend his presidential campaign and request a postponement of the first presidential debate tomorrow night has gotten empathy from an unlikely source, former President Bill Clinton. In appearances last night and this morning on national TV talk shows, Clinton has characterized McCain as acting in "good faith" regarding the postponement and even praised President Bush for laying out the financial crisis clearly in his national address last night. FRC

And lets not forget all those P.U.M.A members like the women who showed up at the McCain/Palin Town Talk meeting announcing her support of McCain and who prmoised "a surprise in Novmember"

Time will tell just now much of an influence this will have on those who normally vote Democrat

Thursday, September 25, 2008

White House Releases Bush Record of Reform on Financial Issue

Posted by: Mike's America @ 10:36 am in FloppingAces

And he was blocked at every turn by Democrats taking cash from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac!

Just the Facts: The Administration’s Unheeded Warnings About the Systemic Risk Posed by the GSEsWhite House News
For many years the President and his Administration have not only warned of the systemic consequences of financial turmoil at a housing government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) but also put forward thoughtful plans to reduce the risk that either Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac would encounter such difficulties. President Bush publicly called for GSE reform 17 times in 2008 alone before Congress acted. Unfortunately, these warnings went unheeded, as the President’s repeated attempts to reform the supervision of these entities were thwarted by the legislative maneuvering of those who emphatically denied there were problems.

2001 April:
The Administration’s FY02 budget declares that the size of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is “a potential problem,” because “financial trouble of a large GSE could cause strong repercussions in financial markets, affecting Federally insured entities and economic activity.”2002May: The President calls for the disclosure and corporate governance principles contained in his 10-point plan for corporate responsibility to apply to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. (OMB Prompt Letter to OFHEO, 5/29/02)

2003 January:
Freddie Mac announces it has to restate financial results for the previous three years.
February: The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) releases a report explaining that “although investors perceive an implicit Federal guarantee of [GSE] obligations,” “the government has provided no explicit legal backing for them.” As a consequence, unexpected problems at a GSE could immediately spread into financial sectors beyond the housing market. (”Systemic Risk: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Role of OFHEO,” OFHEO Report, 2/4/03)

Fannie Mae discloses SEC investigation and acknowledges OFHEO’s review found earnings manipulations.
September: Treasury Secretary John Snow testifies before the House Financial Services Committee to recommend that Congress enact “legislation to create a new Federal agency to regulate and supervise the financial activities of our housing-related government sponsored enterprises” and set prudent and appropriate minimum capital adequacy requirements.

Fannie Mae discloses $1.2 billion accounting error.
November: Council of the Economic Advisers (CEA) Chairman Greg Mankiw explains that any “legislation to reform GSE regulation should empower the new regulator with sufficient strength and credibility to reduce systemic risk.” To reduce the potential for systemic instability, the regulator would have “broad authority to set both risk-based and minimum capital standards” and “receivership powers necessary to wind down the affairs of a troubled GSE.” (N. Gregory Mankiw, Remarks At The Conference Of State Bank Supervisors State Banking Summit And Leadership, 11/6/03)

2004 February:
The President’s FY05 Budget again highlights the risk posed by the explosive growth of the GSEs and their low levels of required capital, and called for creation of a new, world-class regulator: “The Administration has determined that the safety and soundness regulators of the housing GSEs lack sufficient power and stature to meet their responsibilities, and therefore…should be replaced with a new strengthened regulator.” (2005 Budget Analytic Perspectives, pg. 83

CEA Chairman Mankiw cautions Congress to “not take [the financial market's] strength for granted.” Again, the call from the Administration was to reduce this risk by “ensuring that the housing GSEs are overseen by an effective regulator.” (N. Gregory Mankiw, Op-Ed, “Keeping Fannie And Freddie’s House In Order,” Financial Times, 2/24/04)

Deputy Secretary of Treasury Samuel Bodman spotlights the risk posed by the GSEs and called for reform, saying “We do not have a world-class system of supervision of the housing government sponsored enterprises (GSEs), even though the importance of the housing financial system that the GSEs serve demands the best in supervision to ensure the long-term vitality of that system. Therefore, the Administration has called for a new, first class, regulatory supervisor for the three housing GSEs: Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Home Loan Banking System.” (Samuel Bodman, House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Testimony, 6/16/04)

Treasury Secretary John Snow repeats his call for GSE reform, saying “Events that have transpired since I testified before this Committee in 2003 reinforce concerns over the systemic risks posed by the GSEs and further highlight the need for real GSE reform to ensure that our housing finance system remains a strong and vibrant source of funding for expanding homeownership opportunities in America… Half-measures will only exacerbate the risks to our financial system.” (Secretary John W. Snow, “Testimony Before The U.S. House Financial Services Committee,” 4/13/05)

2007 July:
Two Bear Stearns hedge funds invested in mortgage securities collapse.
August: President Bush emphatically calls on Congress to pass a reform package for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, saying “first things first when it comes to those two institutions. Congress needs to get them reformed, get them streamlined, get them focused, and then I will consider other options.” (President George W. Bush, Press Conference, The White House, 8/9/07)

RealtyTrac announces foreclosure filings up 243,000 in August – up 115 percent from the year before.

Single-family existing home sales decreases 7.5 percent from the previous month – the lowest level in nine years. Median sale price of existing homes fell six percent from the year before.

President Bush again warns Congress of the need to pass legislation reforming GSEs, saying “These institutions provide liquidity in the mortgage market that benefits millions of homeowners, and it is vital they operate safely and operate soundly. So I’ve called on Congress to pass legislation that strengthens independent regulation of the GSEs – and ensures they focus on their important housing mission. The GSE reform bill passed by the House earlier this year is a good start. But the Senate has not acted. And the United States Senate needs to pass this legislation soon.” (President George W. Bush, Discusses Housing, The White House, 12/6/07)

2008 January:
Bank of America announces it will buy Countrywide.

Citigroup announces mortgage portfolio lost $18.1 billion in value.
February: Assistant Secretary David Nason reiterates the urgency of reforms, says “A new regulatory structure for the housing GSEs is essential if these entities are to continue to perform their public mission successfully.” (David Nason, Testimony On Reforming GSE Regulation, Senate Committee On Banking, Housing And Urban Affairs, 2/7/08)

Bear Stearns announces it will sell itself to JPMorgan Chase.

President Bush calls on Congress to take action and “move forward with reforms on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. They need to continue to modernize the FHA, as well as allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to homeowners to refinance their mortgages.” (President George W. Bush, Remarks To The Economic Club Of New York, New York, NY, 3/14/08)

President Bush urges Congress to pass the much needed legislation and “modernize Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. [There are] constructive things Congress can do that will encourage the housing market to correct quickly by … helping people stay in their homes.” (President George W. Bush, Meeting With Cabinet, the White House, 4/14/08)

President Bush issues several pleas to Congress to pass legislation reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac before the situation deteriorates further.

•”Americans are concerned about making their mortgage payments and keeping their homes. Yet Congress has failed to pass legislation I have repeatedly requested to modernize the Federal Housing Administration that will help more families stay in their homes, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance sub-prime loans.” (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/3/08)

•”[T]he government ought to be helping creditworthy people stay in their homes. And one way we can do that – and Congress is making progress on this – is the reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. That reform will come with a strong, independent regulator.” (President George W. Bush, Meeting With The Secretary Of The Treasury, the White House, 5/19/08)

•”Congress needs to pass legislation to modernize the Federal Housing Administration, reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ensure they focus on their housing mission, and allow State housing agencies to issue tax-free bonds to refinance subprime loans.” (President George W. Bush, Radio Address, 5/31/08)

As foreclosure rates continued to rise in the first quarter, the President once again asks Congress to take the necessary measures to address this challenge, saying “we need to pass legislation to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.” (President George W. Bush, Remarks At Swearing In Ceremony For Secretary Of Housing And Urban Development, Washington, D.C., 6/6/08)

Congress heeds the President’s call for action and passes reform of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as it becomes clear that the institutions are failing.
And during this time Republicans in Congress were also proposing reforms which Democrats blocked.
John McCain warned us this would happen when he cosponsored a Senate bill in 2005 that might have averted the current crisis:
“If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole.” –John McCain, May 26, 2005

Where was Obama during this time? He was at the bank cashing checks from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Shearson Lehman brothers. All of whom went bust due to bad management and poor oversight leaving the taxpayers stuck with the bill.

Shouldn’t Obama be called upon to return those millions in campaign contributions to the stockholders of these companies?

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Al Gore Urges 'Civil Disobedience' Toward Coal Plants

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Fox News

Al Gore called Wednesday for "civil disobedience" to combat the construction of coal power plants without the ability to store carbon, Reuters reported.

The former vice president, whose efforts to raise awareness of global warming have made him the most prominent voice on that issue, made the comment during a session at the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan.

"If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration," Gore said, according to Reuters.

It wasn't clear what specific action he intended by "civil disobedience," which calls for the intentional violation of laws deemed to be unjust.

Since leaving the White House after losing to George Bush in the 2000 presidential election, Gore has turn his focus to environmental issues, a longtime passion. The 2006 documentary based on his lecture, "An Inconvenient Truth," won an Oscar. In addition, he received a Nobel Peace Prize for his climate change work.

Al Bore must be talking to "the messiah's" resident "civil disobedience" expert, Bill Ayres.
And this is from a guy who ran for President now its civil disobedience?

Good Grief Al!!

McCain calls a Halt to Campaigning and the Debate this Friday

John McCain today called a halt to campaigning today, including this Friday's debate with "the messiah", to be in Washington to help craft legislation for the financial bailout of Wall Street companies

Obama said, he'll be there

Another bold move by McCain?
Will voters think he did the right thing? Will they think he is just stalling because he has been down in some recent polling?

The Obama camp will certainly spin it that way and more

Meanwhile the CPD announced;

OXFORD, Miss., Sept 24, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- "The Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) is moving forward with its plan for the first presidential debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Miss. this Friday, September 26. The plans for this forum have been underway for more than a year and a half. The CPD's mission is to provide a forum in which the American public has an opportunity to hear the leading candidates for the president of the United States debate the critical issues facing the nation. We believe the public will be well served by having all of the debates go forward as scheduled."
SOURCE The Commission on Presidential Debates

Will McCain be debating from Washington while Obama is in Mississippi?

My initial reaction?
Brilliant move by McCain once again. He famously said, "I would rather lose an election than a war" He can say it again, "I would rather lose an election than see America's economy destroyed"

Country First.

And his disagreement of the legislation that is being pushed by Bush further portrays him as an independent reformer willing to break with his party.

We live in very interesting times...stay tuned

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Candidate Intro. Mike Herter 67 District

Crossposted on

Mike Herter is running against RightMichigan's
Wall of Shame Member,Barb Byrum
a tax and spend liberal

While claiming to be "pro-business" Barb Bryum, aka Mrs. Brad Delaney, in her bid for re-election,"I am committed to doing everything I can to protect our citizens and local businesses." scored only 30% out of 100% in casting votes in favor of job providers according to the recent Michigan Chamber Legislative Scorecard. The Chamber based their scores on representatives who cast votes in favor of job providers.

Is it no wonder that with tax and spend liberals like Barb Bryum that unemployment in Michigan is almost 9% and that according to a survey of U.S. corporate executives Michigan scored 3rd in the least favorable business climate of all U.S. states with taxes, high costs, and "anti-business climate/regulation" accounting for the negative opinions

Mike Herter is a business man, who owns and operates Michigan Manufacturing Solutions, a consulting firm that works with manufacturing firms on plant efficiency issues. Making these manufacturer’s globally competitive with Michigan labor. Mike understands the importance of creating a favorable business climate and tax structure.

Mike is also a member of Right to Life of Michigan, a member of the NRA, and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Moreover, Mike is a member of Farm Bureau, USA Hockey and having played hockey for many years is now a Level IV hockey coach. Mike is a past member of the American Polled Hereford Association, having owned and raised Polled Herefords as the former operator of Herter Farms Inc. a beef cattle feedlot, located in Stockbridge

Mike has been working very hard on the campaign trail, including doing lots of door-to-door.
This is a race that can be won as 67th is largely rural and conservative District. Furthermore, the constituency has now experienced the reality vs. the rhetoric of Barb Bryum.

I am on the Host Committee for a fundraiser for Mike with special guest Terri Lynn Land this coming Monday, September 29th in Holt.
If you want to Mike help or are interested in attending the fund raiser contact information can be found HERE

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sarah Palin draws 70,000 in Florida

Sarah Palin draws 70,000 in Florida

Tens of thousands inched along roads into the picturesque town square of the complex, where they stood in sweltering heat for about four hours as local GOP officials and a country band revved up the crowd. ...

“Sa-Rah! Sa-Rah!” they chanted at every mention of her name, applauding loudly and waiving tiny American flags that were distributed -- along with free water bottles -- by local volunteers. The fire chief estimated the crowd at 70,000.

Just days before the "messiah" drew only about 20,000 in Jacksonville, FL

Go Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

And the Winner for Most Creative Protesting goes to..

Funny thing is when I went to check the local rag and even a TV station about the story, I couldn't find anything. Hmmm couldn't be the media was ignoring it. I mean that never happens right?

However I did find a comment by one of "the messiah's" faithful that there was more than one message. According to the poster,"the plane flying over head with a banner which read” FLORIDA IS MCCAIN AND PALIN COUNTRY"

Nevertheless, this guy/gal deserves a trophy!
Best use of a Small plane in 2008!
Kudos to you!

Protesting Obama by Air"
Fox Blogs
by Bonney Kapp

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Protesters are as common to the campaign trail as supporters - from those waving McCain signs at the entrance of events, to the more subtle passersby who flash the thumbs down gesture (or worse) along the motorcade route, to the occasional group that infiltrates and interrupts an event.

But this afternoon, someone went all out to get his or her message out at Obama’s rally in northern Florida.

A single engine plane pulling a banner behind it - like those you’d see at the shore - circled Obama’s rally, which was held at Metropolitan Park along the St. John’s River in Jacksonville.

The protester’s message: “Raising taxes is not patriotic.”

Thursday, September 18, 2008

After Action Report: McCain/Palin Grand Rapids, MI

Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Well it came together for me yesterday in Grand Rapids with a once in a lifetime ringside seat at the nest president and Vice President town Talk meeting at Ford Field house. I arrived around 5:00pm with my VIP ticket in hand (thanks Eileen:-) this put me in the smaller and faster moving VIP line.

A large crowd waiting outside, including the "usual suspect" protestors, college kids, anti-war, old hippies etc. screaming out. Since I had brought signs I took a front line position and countered with my UAW Supporters for McCain-Palin, chanting "American workers for McCain-Palin" which as you can imagine whipped them up to a frenzy. Illustrated by the girl in the picture, who almost came over the barricade. Security was tight with barricades separating the attendees from the protestors and with this group, it was probably necessary.
VIP ticket holders at this point were ushered to the balcony. After sitting for a while, I notice a lone seat, on the floor, second row that was vacant. Figuring what I have to lose, I made my way down and claimed the seat. About 4 ft from where Senator McCain and Governor Palin would speak and answer questions. Yeah me!

Then the music starting playing, Senator McCain, and Govenor Palin entered the building to wild applause. I was about to witness the "Palin effect" first hand as shouts of "Sarah, Sarah!" filled the Field house. I have never seen Govenor Palin in person however I will say that she is an extremely attractive slender woman dressed in a form-fitting suit with pumps (bye bye pantsuits!)

After speaking, questions were taken from the audience. This was a true Town Talk meeting as questions were randomly taken. Questions ranged from, drilling for oil, health care, Russia. My question was co-opted by a gentleman who asked Senator McCain,"Govenor Palin said she is working on you about drilling in ANWAR, how successful has she been? It brought a laugh with McCain admitting she has and then said,"This town hall meeting is adjourned."

There were a couple of surprises appearances. One was Governor Palin's husband, Todd who judging by later comments from some of the ladies in the audience I spoke with, is now sharing the title of "Artic Fox" with his wife. The other was from a questioner, a self-proclaimed member of P.U.M.A, wearing a "Democrats for McCain" T-shirt. I blogged about P.U.M.A. about a month ago here Shenanigans in Denver. This is well funded, (Hillary & co?) large group of virulent Hillary supporters that consider "the messiah" to be "an arrogant interloper, a stupid teleprompter-reading idiot, with his illegitimate nomination! We will NEVER forget what Obama has done to our party." P.U.M.A. promised a "big surprise" in November. I believe we saw a glimpse of that surprise, millions of P.U.M.A. members voting for McCain. Take that DNC!

Governor Palin, when both speaking and taking questions was confident, poised, and impassioned. John McCain was well John McCain however he appears to be energized by the "Palin effect" himself
As Governor Palin helps him to retain and resurrect his beloved "maverick" image and gives him a partner in pursing reform and fighting pork barrel.

However the highlight of my evening was when, already being with feet of Govenor Palin, I made by way (was that me shoving the annoying AP photographer out of my "path to Palin?") Gov. Palin loved and signed my" Sisterhood of Sarah" T-shirt. Insert here shameless promotion of my "Sisterhood of Sister" Store. Featuring clothes, buttons, bumper stickers, coffee mugs, and other item with the Sisterhood of Sarah logo. I will make a donation with proceeds from sales to the National Association of Down Syndrome in honor of Governor Palin's youngest son, Trig.

My first hand overall impression last night was that Senator McCain has made a brilliant choice for his running mate and that people absolutely LOVE Governor Palin. She has become the missing piece to the McCain campaign's formula to win the White House.

It was wonderful night and a great night for McCain/Palin

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

See Ya in Grand Rapids

I am off today to Grand Rapids to see McCain/Palin at a Town Hall meeting. Seating for 4,000 and over 7,000 wanted tickets so thanks to my buddy Eileen who manged to score me a ticket

Honorable mention to Nick of RightMichigan who was working to find me a ticket also.

I will be posting an After Action Report so check back!

The signs I will be bringing to the Meeting

Friday, September 12, 2008

Obama's Global Tax

Part Two of the excellent IBD Series The Audacity Of Socialism

Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:20 PM PT

Election '08: A plan by Barack Obama to redistribute American wealth on a global level is moving forward in the Senate. It follows Marxist theology — from each according to his ability, to each according to his need.

We are citizens of the world, Sen. Obama told thousands of nonvoting Germans during his recent tour of the Middle East and Europe. And if the Global Poverty Act (S. 2433) he has sponsored becomes law, which is almost certain if he wins in November, we're also going to be taxpayers of the world.

Speaking in Berlin, Obama said: "While the 20th century taught us that we share a common destiny, the 21st has revealed a world more intertwined than at any time in human history."

What the 20th century really showed was a series of totalitarian threats — from fascism to Nazism to communism — defeated by the U.S. military. Hitler's Germany, Mussolini's Italy, Tojo's Japan and the Soviet Union offered destinies we did not share.
Our destiny of peace and freedom through strength was not achieved by a transnationalist fantasy of buying the world a Coke and singing "Kumbaya."

Obama's Global Poverty Act offers us a global socialist destiny we do not want, one that challenges America's very sovereignty. The former "post-racial" candidate obviously intends to be a post-national president.

A statement from Obama's office says: "With billions of people living on just dollars a day around the world, global poverty remains one of the greatest challenges and tragedies the international community faces. It must be a priority of American foreign policy to commit to eliminating extreme poverty and ensuring every child has food, shelter and clean drinking water."
These are worthy goals, but note there's no mention of spreading democracy, expanding free trade, promoting entrepreneurial capitalism or ridding the world of despots who rule and ravage countries such as Zimbabwe and Sudan.

Obama would give them all a fish without teaching them how to fish. Pledging to cut global poverty in half on the backs of U.S. taxpayers is a ridiculous and impossible goal.

His legislation refers to the "millennium development goal," a phrase from a declaration adopted by the United Nations Millennium Assembly in 2000 and supported by President Clinton.
It calls for the "eradication of poverty" in part through the "redistribution (of) wealth of land" and "a fair distribution of the earth's resources."

In other words: American resources.

It's a mantra of liberals that the U.S. is only a small portion of the world's population yet consumes an unseemly portion of the planet's supposedly finite resources. Never mentioned is the fact that America's population, just 5% of the world's total, also produces a stunning 27% of the world's GDP — to the enormous benefit of other countries.

Nonetheless, their solution is to siphon off the product of our free democracy and distribute it.We already transfer too much national wealth to the United Nations and its busybody agencies. Obama's bill would force U.S. taxpayers to fork over 0.7% of our gross domestic product every year to fund a global war on poverty, spending well above the $16.3 billion in global poverty aid the U.S. already spends.

Over a 13-year period, from 2002, when the U.N.'s Financing for Development Conference was held, to the target year of 2015, when the U.S is expected to meet its part of the U.N. Millennium goals, we would be spending an additional $65 billion annually for a total of $845 billion.

During a time of economic uncertainty, the plan would cost every American taxpayer around $2,500.

If you're worried abut gasoline and heating oil prices now, think what they'll be like when the U.S. is subjected in an Obama administration to global energy consumption and production taxes. Obama's Global Poverty Act is the "international community's" foot in the door.

The U.N. Millennium declaration called for a "currency transfer tax," a "tax on the rental value of land and natural resources," a "royalty on worldwide fossil energy production — oil, natural gas, coal . . . fees for the commercial use of the oceans, fees for the airplane use of the skies, fees for the use of the electromagnetic spectrum, fees on foreign exchange transactions, and a tax on the carbon content of fuels."

Co-sponsors of S. 2433 include Democrats Maria Cantwell of Washington, Dianne Feinstein of California, Richard Durbin of Illinois and Robert Menendez of New Jersey. GOP globalists supporting the bill include Chuck Hagel of Nebraska and Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Lugar has worked with Obama to promote more aid to Russia to promote nuclear nonproliferation. Lugar also promotes the Law of the Sea treaty, which turns over the world's oceans to an International Seabed Authority that would charge us to drill offshore and have veto power over the movements and actions of the U.S. Navy.

Obama's agenda sounds like defeated 2004 Democratic candidate John Kerry's "global test" for U.S. foreign policy decisions where "you have to do it in a way that passes the test — that passes the global test — where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons."

Obama has called on the U.S. to "lead by example" on global warming and probably would submit to a Kyoto-like agreement that would sock Americans with literally trillions of dollars in costs over the next half century for little or no benefit.

"We can't drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times . . . and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK," Obama has said. "That's not leadership. That's not going to happen."

Oh, really? Who's to say we can't load up our SUV and head out in search of bacon double cheeseburgers at the mall? China? India? Bangladesh? The U.N.?

In an Obama White House, American sovereignty will become an endangered species. The Global Poverty Act is the first toe in the water of global socialism

Condensing Chaz

"Chaz"Charlie Gibson's condensing, disrespectful interview disguised as "hard hitting" by the liberal media with Sarah Palin starts with Chaz "instructing" Sarah about the VP job. Chaz also can't seem to get it through his head that Sarah didn't bat an eyelash when asked by John McCain to be his running mate. I guess Chaz doesn't know any confident decisive women.

The rest of the interview is designed to either trip up or embarrass Palin with the obligatory liberal disdain for any indication that a political figure relies on their Christan faith for wisdom or guidance thrown in for good measure. Big surprise huh?

And once again Sarah Palin is subjected to intense dismissive scrutiny by the liberal press that PRESIDENTIAL candidate, Barack (Barry)Obama has yet to receive.

However, Sarah-cuda the Artic Fox is up to the task

But judge for yourself:

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Great article on the hypocrisy of liberal feminism

September 09, 2008
Palin Heat Threatens Planet
By Jan LaRue
American Thinker

Where in blazes is Global Al Gore when the planet really needs him? The CO2 emissions emanating from some major gasbags in response to Gov. Sarah Palin's nomination are off the charts. If the heat generated by the left keeps rising, even Barack Obama won't be able to slow "the rise of the oceans" and "heal our planet."

Take Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews. Please. The Larry & Moe of MSNBC got all miffed and vexed challenging anybody to find examples of "major news organizations who have questioned her motherhood or her right to become Vice President, given her motherhood." "Newsbusters" responded with a list of three: CNN, ABC and The Washington Post. And the list is growing.

NBC correspondent Amy Robach hung this catch-22 around Palin's neck: "The broader question if Sarah Palin becomes vice president, will she be shortchanging her kids or will she be shortchanging the country?" Maybe Robach got shortchanged by her journalism ethics professor.
How about that Gloria Steinem? Steinem says, "Palin: wrong woman, wrong message. Sarah Palin shares nothing but a chromosome with Hillary Clinton. She is Phyllis Schlafly, only younger." Don't you just love it when a jibe ends well?

Incredibly, Gloria, the "hope-a-holic," has hitched her wagon to "male leaders": American women, who suffer more because of having two full-time jobs than from any other single injustice, finally have support on a national stage from male leaders who know that women can't be equal outside the home until men are equal in it. Barack Obama and Joe Biden are campaigning on their belief that men should be, can be and want to be at home for their children.

Maybe Gloria bumped her head too many times while allowing female fire fighters to use her to demonstrate her theory (you can look it up) about getting fire victims out of harm's way. When critics said women aren't strong enough to carry people out of burning buildings, Gloria responded that if they can't pick'em up, they should drag 'em by the ankles. Imagine being dragged by the ankles down four or five flights of stairs, one thump at a time. If you weren't in a coma at the beginning of the ordeal, you would be by the end.

It's all the fault of "right-wing patriarchs," according to Gloria. So, are we to believe it's male cross-dressers who are making Palin a fashion icon?
In fact, the latest Rasmussen tracking poll shows "Palin is viewed favorably by 58% of American voters," which is slightly higher than John McCain or Barack Obama. "She earns positive reviews from 65 percent of men and 52 percent of women."

And what would we do without a pithy pearl from Senate majority leader, Harry "I know how to screw things up" Reid, the guy who said "I can't stand John McCain?" He thinks Palin is "shrill." Harry's never been sharp at wooing the feminist vote. Keep in mind, Harry used botox. Only a guy who's taken too many shots to the head would insult a former fighter pilot and a crack shot in the same week.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) said Sarah Palin's acceptance speech for the Republican vice presidential nomination was "laced with ridicule," and called the Alaska governor an extremist. "She can throw a very strong punch, a very sarcastic punch."

And who's a better judge of sarcastic punches? This is the Boxer who managed to deck herself awhile back when she threw a left jab at Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice for her reproductive failure.

Oprah Winfrey's staff is said to be hotly divided about having Palin appear on Oprah's TV show. Oprah responded to the Drudge Report's story that she's refusing to interview Palin:
At the beginning of the presidential campaign, when I decided that I was going to take my first public stance in support of a candidate, I made the decision not to use my show as a platform for any of the candidates. ... I agree that Sarah Palin would be a fantastic interview, and I would love to have her on after the campaign is over.

Those of us in flyover country can only grasp this kind of spin with a copy of Media for Dummies. In its "US Liberal Politics" section, About.com's entry on Winfrey reports that "When Barack and wife Michelle Obama appeared on the Oprah show in October 2006, Oprah urged him to run for the White House." Sounds like a political "platform," unless the Obamas were really on Oprah's show to promote their new book idea, Living Large in Chicago with Crazies, Crooks, and Terrorists We Didn't Really Know.

Whoopi Goldberg writes that "Sarah Palin Is a Very Dangerous Woman." While complaining about "meanness and snideness and some inaccuracies" in Palin's GOP convention speech, Goldberg inaccurately claims that Palin "was part of a campaign to secede Alaska from the United States of America."

David Letterman fumed about Palin to his guest, Dr. Phil McGraw: "Do you want your President to have had the presence of mind to have chatted to her teenaged kids for five minutes about birth control? ... They don't sell Trojans in Alaska?" "Dr. Phil" reminded him that Barack's mother was 18 when she had him.

In their meltdown over Palin, the libs have issued their latest "consensus" decree: There's never been a contraceptive failure in the history of mankind. How's that for "presence of mind"?

Gov. Palin may get bummed out from all the personal attacks against her that have nothing to do with her governing abilities. If so, Katie Couric, a single mom, who runs the world of "CBS Evening News," revealed on "The View" recently how she handles "negative press":
Couric then explained how she has dealt with the negative press surrounding her possible departure and her broadcast's sluggish ratings -- specifically how she handles that with her daughters (Carrie, 12, and Ellie, 17):

Carrie once said, when I was kind of bummed out about something somebody had written that was really nasty and had nothing to do with my abilities or my journalistic abilities...she said, "Mom, remember what Samantha said in Sex and the City: If I listened to what every bitch in New York City said about me, I'd never leave the house."

What Samantha, queen of drive-by sex, and her girlfriends didn't gab about are the nasty results of sex in the city where infection with the Herpes virus "is above the national rate," and rates "of Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and infectious syphilis were also higher than the national rate." Life News reports that "the abortion rate in the nation's largest city is three times higher than the national average despite the easy access to birth control and contraception."

It's a perverted logic that lays the blame for the consequences of promiscuous sex on those like Palin who support abstinence education.
And wouldn't it be great if Couric reminded her media colleagues that "really nasty" shouldn't define their coverage of Sarah Palin?

Jan LaRue is an attorney, author and public speaker. She served as Chief Counsel at Concerned Women for America, Director of Legal Studies at Family Research Council, and Senior Counsel at the National Law Center for Children and Families. She is currently a member of the Board of Advisors of the Culture and Media Institute.Page

Detroit Free Press Editor Stacks the Deck with Liberals

Crossposted on MichiganRight

Another example of liberal media bias has been exposed. Fox News reports that Detroit Free Press editor Randy Essex stacked the deck with "left-wing and anti-war activists in a focus group of so-called independent voters that the newspaper interviewed during the political conventions,"

Included were "two members of the anti-war group CodePink..including Joellen Gilchrist, who runs a chapter of CodePink,— as well as two other liberal activists... Ilene Beninson, who once joined anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan in a hunger strike." The so-called independents " included George Lentz and Jan Wheelock. Lentz has publicly opposed the war in Iraq and run a petition drive to help defeat Michigan anti-gay marriage legislation. Wheelock is a member and donor to the East Michigan Environmental Action Council, along with Gilchrist."

This so called "unbiased" focus group praised Barack Obama after his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech. And one week later blasted Sarah Palin's acceptance speech.

Furthermore, Detroit Free Press editor Randy Essex said he" didn’t see the harm in having a 'radical leftist or two' in the group."

I wonder if Rancdy Essex saw harm in including a pro-life activist or a NRA member? Obviously as the make-up of this so-called independent voters was over 60% Democrats and radical liberal activists.

Of course how many of us are truly surprised?


E-Mail him and ask if "Can I be in your next "independent voters " group?"
I just did. Oh and for good measure I included the link to my blog post http://apackof2-theworldaccordingtome.blogspot.com/2008/09/unbiased-rag-stacks-deck-with-liberals.ht ml
Randy Essex, Asst. managing editor/politics ressex [at] freepress.com

Tue Sep 09, 2008 at 10:24:38 AM EST

It's not billed in the paper or freep.com as an independent voters group, and if you live in Michigan and are sincerely interested, yes, you are welcome to participate.
We want a full range of viewpoints, as foxnews.com quoted me as saying.
Randy Essex
Assistant managing editor
Detroit Free Press

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sarah gets a bounce and then some

Crossposted on RightMichigan

I just heard a VERY interesting tidbit of news on Fox News. The latest Gallup Poll has McCain 50% to "the messiah" 46%.

Big (Sarah) convention bounce however the BIG news buried inside this info is that an element that Barry's campaign
always pointed out, was that the poling on who Americans thought was best able to handle the economy always favored Barry 19%.
No more, THAT number has dramatically dropped to 3%!

Ha! Wait till Americans can get more of Sarah!
She will interviewed by Charlie Gibson, Fox continues to play Greta's show about Sarah, CNN is playing her debate with the boys when she was running for governor (be afraid Biden, be very afraid) she is due on Meet the Press and of course she's on the campaign trail continuing to draw thousands!!!!!!

The left is so desperate because they just don't know to counter the juggernaut of Sarah, they have operatives in Alaska trying to dig up any dirt. The latest act of desperation is chasing down a "rumor" that Sarah cheated when she won the beauty contest. Yeah because she is so unattractive and untalented LOLOL!

Oh btw there is a blogger on Fox right now and they are acknowledging how us bloggers have affected news, and how its reported because bloggers are now scooping the media on stories! :-) Speaking of bloggers...separating fact from fiction on Sarah Palin HERE

Sunday, September 7, 2008

From across "the pond" (Great Britain)
Thanks to my friend Eileen for sending this...

in St Paul, Minnesota
The Sun

Palin shows us how it's done

WHY, why, why can’t WE have a Sarah Palin?

That was the question churning in my mind as I witnessed this astonishing American presidential race. A week ago few in Britain had heard of Palin.

Today, the moose-huntin’ mom is the most talked-about woman in the world.

And with good reason.

Her sensational performance at the Republican convention may turn out to be the moment the White House slipped from Barack Obama’s grasp.

She was an electrifying mix of passion, energy, optimism and plain speaking. The exact opposite of the slippery, two-faced, depressing bunch of third-raters who parade on our Westminster stage.

In Palin and the Democrats’ Barack Obama, America has two hugely charismatic people offering distinctly different roads.
Palin is sidekick to Vietnam war hero John McCain. He isn’t short of fame and glory either.

But as I look closer to home, which giant British personalities are making news on the Westminster scene today? Er — Charles Clarke. A lumbering, grumbling tub of resentment, Big Ears snipes at Gordon Brown while lacking the courage to do anything about it.

Then there’s Alan Johnson, the gutless former postman who has failed to deliver for the Labour Party by running away from a leadership challenge.
Sixth-former David Miliband is hiding behind the bike sheds threatening to put Russian tyrant Vladimir Putin in detention.

What about the ladies?

There’s Hazel Blears, a clockwork orange of mediocrity. She couldn’t cause any excitement if she was fired out of a rocket from the top of Blackpool Tower. Then there is that boot-faced robot of political correctness Harriet Harperson. Somehow I can’t see any of this gang of miseries doing a Palin and thrilling a continent with a speech of intelligence, wit, fire and vision.
And, sorry Dave, but the Tories also have their share of ocean-going deadbeats.

Theresa May has been in the Tory high command since Noah boarded the Ark, but all she’s known for is flashing a tarty pair of heels.

Dull ... Charles Clarke

Where is someone with the X-Factor mass appeal of Palin and Obama?
It’s grim. And sad, too, because I have seen here how exciting a political battle can be when slugged out by huge characters before an enthralled nation.

Democrats and their Lefty media backers had been sneering that Palin is a small-town nobody, a hick from Alaska put into a job way beyond an inexperienced woman.

Believe me, you will not be hearing that again.

Full of self-assurance and aggression, super Sarah popped Barack’s balloon big-time. From the moment she walked on stage in this cavernous bear pit, smart in cream jacket, trim black skirt and black heels, she proved that McCain knew exactly what he was doing when he picked her as running mate.

Palin shows us how it's done

More Milwaukee Voter Fraud... Name that Party?

ACORN is the group that Barack Obama worked for and now touts as his "community organizer" experience that in his mind seems to the equivalent to being the governor of a state.

The scary thing here is how many more ACORNS-type organizations are out there operating that have yet to be found out, using the same fraudulent tactics to register "voters" for the Democrats. Yet minorities Democrat will cry that they are being disfranchised from voting and the liberal media will carry these mostly unsubstantiated stories while ignoring ACORN and others of its ilk.

So look for more dead people to vote this year, all Democrats!

More Milwaukee Voter Fraud... Name that Party?
By Warner Todd Huston
September 1, 2008 - 01:48 ET

Milwaukee has discovered some more voter fraud with 10 more voter registration workers are being investigated by Wisconsin authorities. Fittingly, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel covered the story in its paper on August 29. Unfittingly, the Journal Sentinel forgot one, tiny aspect of the story... that the voter fraud was perpetrated by Democrats.

In fact, one of the organizations, ACORN, is intimately linked with Barack Obama.

Milwaukee’s top election official said Thursday she plans to seek criminal investigations of 10 more voter registration workers, including two accused of offering gifts to sign up voters.

So, what we have here is an Old Media story about voter fraud where the salient fact that the fraud is being committed by Democrats and Democrat organizations is somehow absent from the story. What a surprise, eh?

Voter bribery, voter fraud, workers misrepresenting themselves with false driver's license numbers, fake Social Security numbers, there's lots of details in the story. Yet, the word Democrat never appears once in the story.

So, who was responsible for all this fraudulent registration?

All the workers were paid by two organizations running voter registration drives, the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now and the Community Voters Project. Overall, 37 of the suspect workers were on the ACORN payroll, 11 were paid by the voters project and it’s not clear who employed the other one.

For those of you unaware, ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) is a far left group that is intimately linked with Barack Obama since his early days in the corrupt Chicago, Daley Democrat political machine.

ACORN has given Obama much financial support over the last two decades. ACORN is also big on furthering the unAmerican thuggery of unions all across the nation. And that means they are strictly a Democrat organization... not that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wants anyone to know that.

So, what are the charges here?

Among the latest group, two ACORN workers are accused of offering pre-paid gasoline cards or restaurant gift cards to people in exchange for signing up to vote.

Edman said she wants Landgraf to look into whether the workers violated a state law that forbids offering cash or gifts to sway voters.
Eight voter project workers are suspected of making up information on voter applications, Edman said. Among the workers previously referred to Landgraf, two are accused of submitting cards for dead voters.

Others appear to have submitted cards for people who said they never filled out an application or who were already registered, signed cards themselves, or falsified driver’s license numbers.

That's quite a laundry list. And, realize, this sort of Democrat fraud is happening all across the country in every major city. And it's all perpetrated by Democrats. Someone should pass this info on to the Journal Sentinel.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

After Action Report: McCain/Palin Sterling Heights MI Rally

Straight Talk Express Rolls into Macomb County (w/Pictures)
By RightMacomb, Section News
Posted on Sat Sep 06, 2008 at 09:05:50 AM EST

The rally was huge and received great coverage in the local press. But, with their pictures you cannot appreciate the size of this crowd...read the rest of the story and see more pictures, HERE on RightMichigan

I also received this report from two friends of mine who attended the rally;

We attended the rally yesterday at Freedom Hill. It was unbelievable and so encouraging. We sat on stage behind Senator McCain and Governor Palin and we were not allowed to take pictures from that angle. It did allow us to view the audience.

It was an overflowing house.....all seats were filled, the grassy area was full right back to the fence, people were sitting in the aisles. We were able to view all of the wonderful signs----Democrats 4 McCain, Special Needs Moms for McCain/Palin, Hockey Moms for McCain/Palin, Drill Baby Drill, Vets for McCain, Viva McCain, Sisters for McCain & God Bless America and many, many more.

There were many Veterans in the group, recognized and greeted enthusiastically by the crowds. Besides the nuns (Sisters for McCain & God Bless America sings) who stood out among the huge numbers, I noticed a huge number of young and younger people. My guess is that the 49 and under age group made up 55% of the crowd. This is encouraging.

Young men and women, young Moms & Dads, young professionals, all nationalities. It was an awesome sight. Sorry we didn't get any pics of our candidates but it was a great experience to see the crowds, read their signs and watch their faces as our candidates entered, spoke, mingled and departed. Absolutely outstanding.

Jean W.
McCain/Palin 2008

From Linda C.

We got their very late, however it was packed! We had to walk quite a distance from our car. The crowd was really pumped up and it was awesome!

Go McCain/Palin!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

"I was no longer my own man, I was my country's"

I just finished listening to John McCain's acceptance speech. Of course I wondered if he could possibly complete with the awesome speech of his running mate Sarah Palin.

Although his delivery wasn't as charismatic as his running mate, John McCain delivered a thoughtful speech of fighting for America and Americans with an emphasis on selfless service for country.

The story of his imprisonment and abuse in Viet Nam and the maturity and deep love of country that came of that makes Obama in comparison a pampered, petulant man-child.

For those of those who are not familiar with John McCain, this speech presented him as an experienced, mature, tested man committed to shaking up the status quo of Washington (including chiding his own party as an appeal to independents) with a return to integrity,cutting pork barrel, cutting taxes with an Reaganesque unabashed pride in America.

But equally important he was.... likable.... to me and judging by the reception to his speech other conservatives as well.

Together with Sarah Palin's speech, tonight I believe John McCain has brokered a peace within the party and brought all Republicans together for a common cause, defeating Barack Obama.


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sarah Hits One Out of the Park!

I just finished listening to Sarah Palin and she has met and exceeded all my expectations!

Sarah Palin's first major speech at the Republican National convention was perfectly written and brilliantly delivered!

Sarah Palin came across as a genuine person able to connect with the average American with her life story growing up and later a mayor in small town America the true back bone of America.

She also attacked the policies of Barack Obama with a smile and humor. She also put the media on notice. Intelligent, attractive, the self proclaimed "pit bull with lipstick" wowed even liberal pundits!

Liberals be afraid, be very afraid... Sarah (Barrucda)Palin is coming to a town near you!

Remarks by Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin
By The Associated Press

Text of Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's speech to the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, as prepared for delivery

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for vice president of the United States ...
I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.
I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election ... against confident opponents ... at a crucial hour for our country.
And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions ... and met far graver challenges ... and knows how tough fights are won -- the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.
It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.
With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost -- there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.
But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.
They overlooked the caliber of the man himself -- the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.
And maybe that's because they realize there is a time for politics and a time for leadership ... a time to campaign and a time to put our country first.
Our nominee for president is a true profile in courage, and people like that are hard to come by.
He's a man who wore the uniform of this country for 22 years, and refused to break faith with those troops in Iraq who have now brought victory within sight.
And as the mother of one of those troops, that is exactly the kind of man I want as commander in chief. I'm just one of many moms who'll say an extra prayer each night for our sons and daughters going into harm's way.
Our son Track is 19.
And one week from tomorrow -- September 11th -- he'll deploy to Iraq with the Army infantry in the service of his country.
My nephew Kasey also enlisted, and serves on a carrier in the Persian Gulf.
My family is proud of both of them and of all the fine men and women serving the country in uniform. Track is the eldest of our five children.
In our family, it's two boys and three girls in between -- my strong and kindhearted daughters Bristol, Willow, and Piper.
And in April, my husband Todd and I welcomed our littlest one into the world, a perfectly beautiful baby boy named Trig. From the inside, no family ever seems typical.
That's how it is with us.
Our family has the same ups and downs as any other ... the same challenges and the same joys.
Sometimes even the greatest joys bring challenge.
And children with special needs inspire a special love.
To the families of special-needs children all across this country, I have a message: For years, you sought to make America a more welcoming place for your sons and daughters.
I pledge to you that if we are elected, you will have a friend and advocate in the White House. Todd is a story all by himself.
He's a lifelong commercial fisherman ... a production operator in the oil fields of Alaska's North Slope ... a proud member of the United Steel Workers' Union ... and world champion snow machine racer.
Throw in his Yup'ik Eskimo ancestry, and it all makes for quite a package.
We met in high school, and two decades and five children later he's still my guy. My Mom and Dad both worked at the elementary school in our small town.
And among the many things I owe them is one simple lesson: that this is America, and every woman can walk through every door of opportunity.
My parents are here tonight, and I am so proud to be the daughter of Chuck and Sally Heath. Long ago, a young farmer and haberdasher from Missouri followed an unlikely path to the vice presidency.
A writer observed: "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty, sincerity, and dignity." I know just the kind of people that writer had in mind when he praised Harry Truman.
I grew up with those people.
They are the ones who do some of the hardest work in America ... who grow our food, run our factories, and fight our wars.
They love their country, in good times and bad, and they're always proud of America. I had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town.
I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better.
When I ran for city council, I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too.
Before I became governor of the great state of Alaska, I was mayor of my hometown.
And since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves.
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities. I might add that in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening.
We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco.
As for my running mate, you can be certain that wherever he goes, and whoever is listening, John McCain is the same man. I'm not a member of the permanent political establishment.
And I've learned quickly, these past few days, that if you're not a member in good standing of the Washington elite, then some in the media consider a candidate unqualified for that reason alone.
But here's a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I'm not going to Washington to seek their good opinion -- I'm going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.
Politics isn't just a game of clashing parties and competing interests.
The right reason is to challenge the status quo, to serve the common good, and to leave this nation better than we found it.
No one expects us to agree on everything.
But we are expected to govern with integrity, good will, clear convictions, and ... a servant's heart.
I pledge to all Americans that I will carry myself in this spirit as vice president of the United States. This was the spirit that brought me to the governor's office, when I took on the old politics as usual in Juneau ... when I stood up to the special interests, the lobbyists, big oil companies, and the good ol' boys network.
Sudden and relentless reform never sits well with entrenched interests and power brokers. That's why true reform is so hard to achieve.
But with the support of the citizens of Alaska, we shook things up.
And in short order we put the government of our state back on the side of the people.
I came to office promising major ethics reform, to end the culture of self-dealing. And today, that ethics reform is the law.
While I was at it, I got rid of a few things in the governor's office that I didn't believe our citizens should have to pay for.
That luxury jet was over the top. I put it on eBay.
I also drive myself to work.
And I thought we could muddle through without the governor's personal chef -- although I've got to admit that sometimes my kids sure miss her. I came to office promising to control spending -- by request if possible and by veto if necessary.
Senator McCain also promises to use the power of veto in defense of the public interest -- and as a chief executive, I can assure you it works.
Our state budget is under control.
We have a surplus.
And I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending: nearly half a billion dollars in vetoes.
I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.
I told the Congress "thanks, but no thanks," for that Bridge to Nowhere.
If our state wanted a bridge, we'd build it ourselves. When oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, I sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged -- directly to the people of Alaska.
And despite fierce opposition from oil company lobbyists, who kind of liked things the way they were, we broke their monopoly on power and resources.
As governor, I insisted on competition and basic fairness to end their control of our state and return it to the people.
I fought to bring about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history.
And when that deal was struck, we began a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence.
That pipeline, when the last section is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart.
The stakes for our nation could not be higher.
When a hurricane strikes in the Gulf of Mexico, this country should not be so dependent on imported oil that we are forced to draw from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
And families cannot throw away more and more of their paychecks on gas and heating oil.
With Russia wanting to control a vital pipeline in the Caucasus, and to divide and intimidate our European allies by using energy as a weapon, we cannot leave ourselves at the mercy of foreign suppliers.
To confront the threat that Iran might seek to cut off nearly a fifth of world energy supplies ... or that terrorists might strike again at the Abqaiq facility in Saudi Arabia ... or that Venezuela might shut off its oil deliveries ... we Americans need to produce more of our own oil and gas.
And take it from a gal who knows the North Slope of Alaska: we've got lots of both.
Our opponents say, again and again, that drilling will not solve all of America's energy problems -- as if we all didn't know that already.
But the fact that drilling won't solve every problem is no excuse to do nothing at all.
Starting in January, in a McCain-Palin administration, we're going to lay more pipelines ... build more new-clear plants ... create jobs with clean coal ... and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal and other alternative sources.
We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers. I've noticed a pattern with our opponent.
Maybe you have, too.
We've all heard his dramatic speeches before devoted followers.
And there is much to like and admire about our opponent.
But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform -- not even in the state Senate.
This is a man who can give an entire speech about the wars America is fighting, and never use the word "victory" except when he's talking about his own campaign. But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed ... when the roar of the crowd fades away ... when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot - what exactly is our opponent's plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he's done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger ... take more of your money ... give you more orders from Washington ... and to reduce the strength of America in a dangerous world. America needs more energy ... our opponent is against producing it.
Victory in Iraq is finally in sight ... he wants to forfeit.
How are you going to be better off if our opponent adds a massive tax burden to the American economy? Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election.
In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers.
And then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.
They're the ones whose names appear on laws and landmark reforms, not just on buttons and banners, or on self-designed presidential seals.
Among politicians, there is the idealism of high-flown speechmaking, in which crowds are stirringly summoned to support great things.
And then there is the idealism of those leaders, like John McCain, who actually do great things. They're the ones who are good for more than talk ... the ones we have always been able to count on to serve and defend America. Senator McCain's record of actual achievement and reform helps explain why so many special interests, lobbyists, and comfortable committee chairmen in Congress have fought the prospect of a McCain presidency -- from the primary election of 2000 to this very day.
Our nominee doesn't run with the Washington herd.
He's a man who's there to serve his country, and not just his party.
A leader who's not looking for a fight, but is not afraid of one either. Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee.
He said, quote, "I can't stand John McCain." Ladies and gentlemen, perhaps no accolade we hear this week is better proof that we've chosen the right man. Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can't stand up to John McCain. That is only one more reason to take the maverick of the Senate and put him in the White House. My fellow citizens, the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of "personal discovery." This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer.
And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they are always, quote, "fighting for you," let us face the matter squarely.
There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you ... in places where winning means survival and defeat means death ... and that man is John McCain. In our day, politicians have readily shared much lesser tales of adversity than the nightmare world in which this man, and others equally brave, served and suffered for their country.
It's a long way from the fear and pain and squalor of a six-by-four cell in Hanoi to the Oval Office.
But if Senator McCain is elected president, that is the journey he will have made.
It's the journey of an upright and honorable man -- the kind of fellow whose name you will find on war memorials in small towns across this country, only he was among those who came home.
To the most powerful office on earth, he would bring the compassion that comes from having once been powerless ... the wisdom that comes even to the captives, by the grace of God ... the special confidence of those who have seen evil, and seen how evil is overcome. A fellow prisoner of war, a man named Tom Moe of Lancaster, Ohio, recalls looking through a pinhole in his cell door as Lieutenant Commander John McCain was led down the hallway, by the guards, day after day.
As the story is told, "When McCain shuffled back from torturous interrogations, he would turn toward Moe's door and flash a grin and thumbs up" -- as if to say, "We're going to pull through this." My fellow Americans, that is the kind of man America needs to see us through these next four years.
For a season, a gifted speaker can inspire with his words.
For a lifetime, John McCain has inspired with his deeds.
If character is the measure in this election ... and hope the theme ... and change the goal we share, then I ask you to join our cause. Join our cause and help America elect a great man as the next president of the United States.
Thank you all, and may God bless America.
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