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It's a Clothing Gap.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/23/2008 12:25:05

Clothes. To some they matter; to others - not so much. In this case, I think it really matters. Sarah Palin, on the RNC dime spent a lot of money on Clothes in September. About $150,000. It leaves questions tho.
The cash expenditures immediately raised questions among campaign finance experts about their legality under the Federal Election Commission's long-standing advisory opinions on using campaign cash to purchase items for personal use.

Politico asked the McCain campaign for comment on Monday, explicitly noting the $150,000 in expenses for department store shopping and makeup consultation that were incurred immediately after Palin’s announcement. Pre-September reports do not include similar costs.

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99 comments (Latest Comment: 10/24/2008 02:13:29 by m-hadley)

It's the Economy, Stupid
Author: BobR    Date: 10/22/2008 12:29:35

John McCain says he wants to focus on the economy. All research shows that the electorate trusts Obama on the economy more than McCain. So if talking about the economy helps Obama, and that's what McCain wants to talk about, let's do it! Cue the organ music as we enter the Big Top of this 3 ring circus...

In the first ring, we have the stock market. Despite the bailout rescue package, there are still fears about a recession. The futures market is a good indication of where Wall St. thinks the market is headed, and it fell 250 points:
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256 comments (Latest Comment: 10/23/2008 12:15:43 by Random)

Ask A Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/21/2008 10:36:08

Good Morning. It's two weeks to go; everyone still working hard?

We'll start this morning as we always do, with the latest casualty figures from the Warron Terra, courtesy of antiwar.com:

American Deaths
Since war began (3/19/03): 4186
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 4047
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3725
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3328
Since Election (1/31/05): 2748

Other Coalition Troops - Iraq: 314
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 616
Other Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 378
Contractor Deaths - Iraq: 445

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 564, 314, 200, 000.00

Checking in with our friends at IAVA, they too have taken note of all the attention being showered on "Joe the plumber". But IAVA has different concerns. What about Jim and Jane the veterans?

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244 comments (Latest Comment: 10/22/2008 12:27:58 by Scoopster)

Lead by example, be inspired by a leader
Author: Raine    Date: 10/20/2008 12:30:45

Cape Fear, BBQ, Fayettville, NC.
Obama arrived at the barbecue joint around 12:30 p.m., where an older and majority white clientele of several dozen were eating lunch after church services. Many patrons applauded as he walked into the diner, but Diane Fanning, 54, began yelling “Socialist, socialist, socialist — get out of here!

Obama did not look directly at her, as she was across the diner, but it was loud enough that he most likely heard her.

The gentleman next to Fanning, Lenox Bramble, 76, flashed an angry look at her. “Be civil, be courteous,” he admonished her. Another woman, Cecilia Hayslip, 61, yelled back at Fanning (per Reuters), “At least he’s not a warmonger!”
Later, Obama came to the long table where Fanning and other members of a local First Presbyterian church were gathered. He held out his hand to her and asked, “How are you, ma’am?” but she declined to shake his hand.
I am sorry to start a Monday off with the hatred from the trail, but this story I found interesting. I found the graciousness and class in our nominee inspiring.
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108 comments (Latest Comment: 10/21/2008 04:18:42 by BobR)

Good manners are a duty
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 10/19/2008 12:27:41

Sorry I’ve not been by to visit of late, but this is Velveeta’s busy time of year. And, among other things I’ve gotten dreadfully behind in my thank you letters:

Clarion Fund
255 W. 63 Street
New York, NY 10001

Dear Mr. Clarion,

Thank you for the lovely, and quite unexpected, gift of a DVD entitled “Obsession, Radical Islam’s war Against the West”. I don’t know how little ol’ me qualified for such bounty, but I am never one to question my good fortunes.

I would be remiss for not properly thanking you for the gift; however, I do hope that you did not require more of a commitment from me, such as a review of the film. If so, I must be honest and inform you that an accident befell my sweet gift.

In my unwrapping excitement, the disc fell onto my tile kitchen floor, landing, as fate would have it, on the “play” side. While attempting to pick it up, I clumsily stepped on it and slide across the room! Sadly, and with great sorrow, I must tell you that through some bizarre happenstance, and with DVD still underfoot, we slide across the kitchen like a splayed gazelle on ice, over the room divide and into the great room with its rustic knotty pine floor, continuing into the bedroom and finally coming to rest in my bathroom at the base of the commode!

You can only imagine my horror and grief when I was able to retrieve my gift and found that it was scratched beyond repair!
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80 comments (Latest Comment: 10/20/2008 03:55:23 by velveeta jones)

Libertarian Saturday
Author: TriSec    Date: 10/18/2008 12:41:27

Good Morning!

With just 16 days to go, I'm feeling less and less like a Libertarian these days. Most of you probably know that I changed my registration back to the Big D over April vacation this year...specifically to cast a proper vote for the Senator from Illinois. I have also just joined the Waltham Democratic City Committee...I attended my first meeting this past week and have signed up for some phone-banking down the strectch.

In any case...I'm wondering just how much longer the ol' motivation is going to be with me for this little column. I have been writing it for at least 2 years now, but seeing that Your Loyal TriSec has recently "flipped"....doesn't seem right, somehow.

Nevertheless, I can't let comedy gold go by unreported.

We hope that Joe the Plumber's 15 minutes are almost up. Both sides have had a field day with this poor republican plant working stiff from Ohio. Bob Barr, Libertarian for president, has also noticed him, but he thinks his alter-ego should be getting some headlines.

"'Joe the Plumber' doesn't need Senators Barack Obama or John McCain'" says Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party's nominee for president. "He needs 'Bob the Builder.'"

"While Senators Obama and McCain seek only to put government patches on today's problems, 'Joe the Plumber' needs a leader who will rebuild our government into one that serves the interests of the people; not the interests of Washington," says Barr. "Senator McCain wants to make 'Joe the Plumber' responsible for his neighbor's mortgage, and Senator Obama wants to tax 'Joe the Plumber' for being successful. Both Senators Obama and McCain want to spend 'Joe the Plumber's' tax dollars on wasteful projects, such as the $850 billion dollar bailout of Wall Street."

"Senators Obama and McCain are no friend to 'Joe the Plumber,'" says Barr. "But 'Bob the Builder is.' 'Bob the Builder' says that Joe should be able to keep the fruits of his labor, and shouldn't be responsible for the mistakes of other people. 'Bob the Builder' says Joe shouldn't be asked to shoulder Wall Street, and shouldn't have his son sent off to die in a war that should have never been started. 'Bob the Builder' wants to build a government that is limited to its Constitutional authority, spends less of Joe's money and stays out of Joe's life."

"America needs a builder, not a patch-job," says Barr. "Senators Obama and McCain are a part of our problems—they are not the solution. America needs a leader with the vision and the courage to stand up against government, and truly reform it, where it once again begins serving the interest of every Joe and Jane across America. America needs Bob Barr."

Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003.

All fine and good, "Bob the Builder", rebuilding America, right?

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55 comments (Latest Comment: 10/19/2008 04:01:27 by Mondobubba)

Our Most Precious Right
Author: BobR    Date: 10/17/2008 12:31:00

The U.S. Constitution in all it's simplicity lays out groundwork for the operation of our government. It enumerates our rights too precious to be taken for granted. Over the years certain other rights (such as the right to privacy) have been derived and assumed from those explicitly stated. One right that is not specifically enumerated, perhaps because it seemed so obvious as to be assumed, is the right to vote. Some call voting a duty, but it is most certainly not a privilege.

The last two elections showed just how much disdain the Republican power brokers have for the idea that every vote is sacred. In 2000, they claimed expediency was more important than the will of the people. In 2000 (and 2004), they purged voters from the rolls, and put up obstacles to voting (such as limiting the number of voting machines in districts that leaned Democratic). They've embraced voting machines that can be easily hacked. After the disaster that was Ohio in 2004, the group Black Box Voting formed to ensure accuracy and accountability was returned to the voting process. Sadly, it has been a slow-moving ongoing effort.

There seems to be a four-layer approach to maintaining Republican power:
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161 comments (Latest Comment: 10/18/2008 03:06:06 by clintster)

While Joe the Plumber WANTS, America NEEDS.
Author: Raine    Date: 10/16/2008 12:37:06

"Congressman John Lewis ... Made allegations that Sarah Palin and I were somehow associated with the worst chapter in American history, segregation. ... That, to me, was hurtful... ."
John McCain

"I think the American people are less interested in our hurt feelings during the course of the campaign than addressing the issues that matter to them so deeply."
Barack Obama

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234 comments (Latest Comment: 10/17/2008 09:11:25 by trojanrabbit)

Blog Stub
Author: Raine    Date: 10/16/2008 12:28:28

Stubby here for a few more moments. Thanks for waiting!
3 comments (Latest Comment: 10/16/2008 12:53:06 by Raine)

The final Countdown - Liveblogging the POTUS debate
Author: Raine    Date: 10/15/2008 23:28:16

Here we are. The last debate. John MCCain promisies to "Whip his you know what" You may know who He is talking about better as That One.

Either way, here we are... waiting for the final debate of this election season that has seen more highs and lows that I think any of us has ever seen in any sports game. Thisis it. This is the beginning of the fourth quarter. We have less than 21 days to go, andanything can happen. Damn, I will stop here. I am just not that good at sports analogies. However, we have a game tonite, so I ask, PLEASE do NOT play if the sudden urge to drink happens every time you hear My Friends. (you know who I am talking about!! !:rofl: )

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We are leaving Bingo Alone tonite. Enough wastin' people's precious Ink. Here we go:

Every time John McCain mentions his POW experience, praise him and drink.

Everytime Obama praises John MCCain, Drink

Every time Obama says change, Drink

Every time John McCain tries to associate Barack Obama with an unsavory character, drink.

Every time someone says bailout you have to finish your drink and pour another.

Every time John McCain says "my friends", spit out your drink and shout "I am not your friend" at the television.

Every time "evil", "evil doers", or anything with evil is mentioned, drink.

Every time John McCain threatens Iran, drink.

Every time Barack Obama ties John McCain to George W. Bush, drink and wish for better days.

Every time John McCain displays how hopelessly out of touch he is, drink a Gin Rickey -- if you can't, consider yourself lucky and DO NOT drink.

Every time John McCain refers to the USSR or any other non-existent formerly communist country, drink.

Every time John McCain mentions Sarah Palin, Drink. After all, if Sarah Palin is around, someone is waiting for 2 am...

If anyone mentions a golden parachute, Drink.

When NATO membership is mentioned, Drink

If John McCain doesn't show up, Drink.
So there you go. Just a little while longer and we will be on our way. Hope to see you inside...

:peace: and

295 comments (Latest Comment: 10/16/2008 12:27:50 by Scoopster)

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