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Republican Push Poll
Author: BobR    Date: 05/10/2008 00:14:07

I mentioned this in the comments of the Paint By Numbers blog today...

My brother is a registered independent in a suburb of Atlanta, GA. Yesterday, he received a letter and questionnaire from the Republican party. The letter contained his (independent) registration number, and addressed him as “Fellow Republican”.

The questionnaire was a push poll of the nastiest variety. Sample questions:

“Should Republicans do everything they can to prevent liberal Democrats from repealing the USA Patriot Act and other important laws that help our intelligence agencies protect America?”

“Should we do everything we can to stop Democrats from weakening border security?”

“Should Republicans fight for a balanced budget?” (why start now? :rofl:)

I scanned the letter and the questionnaire. The resultant images are large, so rather than post them here, I uploaded them to the blog’s site, and have provided the links to the images here, so you can see them for yourself:

Push Poll Front
Push Poll Back
Cover Letter page 1
Cover Letter page 2
Cover Letter page 3
Cover Letter page 4

EDIT: I added the images via Photobucket in the comments...

14 comments (Latest Comment: 06/06/2008 05:06:54 by Raine)

Paint By Numbers
Author: BobR    Date: 05/09/2008 12:40:36

The last round of primaries had the effect of crowning Barack Obama the Democratic party nominee. The Clinton camp (and her supporters) are trying against all reality (forget odds) to overcome his lead with only a small handful of primaries left. Her only hope at this point is to convince most of the superdelegates to switch to her side.

To do this she must convince them that Barack Obama cannot beat McCain; she must convince them that only she can. She can cite polls, she can use racist language, she can evoke shadowy issues hiding under the bed that could turn ugly when the harsh spotlight is finally shone beneath the dust ruffle. What she CAN'T do, however, is change the reality of the popular vote.
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245 comments (Latest Comment: 05/10/2008 03:45:00 by livingonli)

Operation General Election
Author: Raine    Date: 05/08/2008 12:24:42

It is time to change how we are seeing things. We need to start acting like the primary is over. We have a presumptive nominee and it is time we as a party start operating as tho we are in General Election mode. We do want to win in November, right? Of course we do!

I know that we still have 2 candidates that are actively seeking the Democratic party nomination. As the grassroots of this party, the donators, the true constituency, it is now our job to start -- REALLY START -- working to defeat John McCain. Until the superdelegates get off their asses and commit, someone has to carry the water for this party.
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200 comments (Latest Comment: 05/09/2008 12:47:04 by right wing hater)

Author: BobR    Date: 05/07/2008 12:28:54

By now, you've seen the results of yesterdays primary. Obama scored a resounding win in NC, and it was essentially a tie in IN. Obama is now within 200 delegates of securing the nomination. Based on the math, even if Clinton somehow manages to pull in her votes from FL and MI (without Obama getting any of the "undecideds"), she still cannot surpass his lead. He can now be declared the "presumptive nominee".

It seems even the candidates knew it last night. Obama's speech had the tinge of an acceptance speech and any comments about "his opponent" were directed at McCain. Clinton's speech was a bit schyzophrenic, with "we're going all the way" comments framing a center core that seemed to be a "thanks for all the hard work" good-bye speech. Edwards' last speeches and comments were laden with "we're going all the way" comments too, right up until he dropped out.

It didn't have to end up like this. It could have been Clinton. It could have gone all the way to the convention.

A funny thing happened on the way to the polling place, however. The voters decided they'd had enough of smear politics. They wanted respect.
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175 comments (Latest Comment: 05/08/2008 12:28:35 by right wing hater)

Open Primary Blog--- Indiana and North Carolina!
Author: Raine    Date: 05/06/2008 22:11:20

OK, the polls JUST closed in parts of Indiana... so we are opening up an open Primary Blog...
NC CLoses at 7:30 EST.

So... if you got news, post it! That includes those that are paying attention to the exit polls.

I will be eagerly awaiting the outcome... ok -- I am nervously awaiting the outcome.

:peace: and

332 comments (Latest Comment: 05/07/2008 05:13:23 by livingonli)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/06/2008 10:45:22

Good Morning.

Today is our 1,875th day in Iraq.

We'll start 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): 4071
Since "Mission Accomplished" (5/1/03): 3932
Since Capture of Saddam (12/13/03): 3610
Since Handover (6/29/04): 3212
Since Election (1/31/05): 2634

Other Coalition Troops: 309
US Military Deaths - Afghanistan: 496

We find this morning's cost of war passing through: $ 517, 247, 975, 000 .00

Here at Ask a Vet, we often overlook Afghanistan in the glare of Iraq...but today we'll take a little closer look at this forgotten front.

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243 comments (Latest Comment: 05/07/2008 02:04:03 by MMB)

Has it already started??? AT&T Blocking e-mails?
Author: right wing hater    Date: 05/05/2008 20:17:16

Hey Everyone...this is really unnerving (to say the least)

I post the Daily Reading every morning to the Forum on this site (and I always send it to my bellsouth account (the 'new AT&T' - ie unstoppable monopolistic juggernaut) as well as to a small mailing list (7 addresses - including Raine's yay!)...

Well, I thought something was up this morning, when I didn't see that it went through (from bellsouth to bellsouth) so I sent it to my AOL account from bellsouth and vice versa...to see if it will send it....Nada. Corrupt text/code...nope created brand new e-mails...same thing 3x.

I remember reading a couple of months back that AT&T would become a 'filter police' filtering/monitoring packets etc...under the cloak of 'piracy prevention'. Now for those of you who get into torrents, etc....you know that means you.

We already knew these (insert words here) were illegally accumulating data for the Bush crime family (ala San Francisco whistleblower who has made the rounds)...

Well...I look at their 'new guidelines' and apparently they are content filtering now....

Now...if an e-mail advocates for an illegal action, ok I'll bite...but the thought police enter into the equation here, which I am 100% against.
I can understand them filtering for 'profanity', 'inappropriate content' yada yada yada...but this seriously infringes upon freedom of speech. Once again, I'm an adult (at least in age, maybe not in practice 24-7, 365...) and there was none of the above, in fact you can go to the Forum and see exactly what I cut & paste everday....tell me if that violates any 'terms of use' you've ever seen....

Now...how many of those of you remember "NET NEUTRALITY" and the amazing grass roots stir & headlines it garnered during the run up to the 2006 election, it became a hot button issue and for all intensive purposes we 'won' and it became taken for granted. So when you see those petitions...please take those 10 seconds to do them.

I just got off the phone with them (supervisor) who wanted me to forward the message to their server team, ok, I'll play ball for now...but if by the end of this week this isn't resolved (he stated 48 hours - and yes he asked for a summary of the 'content'), then AT&T can kiss this customer good bye.

And HughesNet (satellite DSL) will have a new customer...

Talk about a Police State, hopefully this is an isolated incident, if not....I may take this and run a campaign against them...

Feel free to offer any suggestions or add anything

BTW: Raine...did you receive my daily in your comcast inbox today?
72 comments (Latest Comment: 05/06/2008 02:27:17 by livingonli)

Feliz Cinco de Mayo
Author: m-hadley    Date: 05/05/2008 11:49:49


Top Five Ways the Stephanie Miller Show Crew can Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

5. Stephania invites her yard guys in for a !siesta fiesta!

4. Momma supplies margaritas and chips and salsa for breakfast para todos (gratis!).

3. Steph wears a sombrero while appearing on Larry King tonight.

2. Do a shot of tequila every time Steph (or Jim or Chris) says "bark park."

1. And the number one way that Momma and the mooks can celebrate Cinco de Mayo - All Sanchez (from Montebello) in Hora Tres (Hour 3)!


Sorry gang,
I am not computer savvy enough to figure out how to post my machete-done photoshop fun, so I will just send you to my blog for my Monday morning greeting to all of mi amigos. [Ed Note: It wasn't your problem - it's the blog software. I uploaded your pictures to the FourFreedoms photobucket so they could be displayed!]
!Feliz Cinco de Mayo!


125 comments (Latest Comment: 05/05/2008 20:27:12 by Raine)

About that bar..........
Author: velveeta jones    Date: 05/04/2008 12:45:01

Reporting from NC: Where Velveeta went to hear our next first lady, Ms Michelle Obama, speak at a rally on Friday evening.

Coincidentally, Hillary Clinton spoke just hours earlier and a few miles down the road. Had I wanted to, I could easily fit both into my day - I chose to see "Iron Man" instead. I point this out as somewhat of a "nudge-nudge" poke. On Friday our local TV "News at Noon" broadcast live at the Hillary event and proudly speculated a crowd of 2000! Not bad for a small town. This was later downplayed on the Saturday morning local newscast, as they were forced to report a crowd of around 3500 at the Michelle Obama rally. Instead, our local news turned Ms Clinton's rally into "thousands showed up...." (Reminder: Ms Obama is not running for any office, Ms Clinton is).

Now, in defense of Ms Clinton, her rally was at Noon on a workday, while Ms Obama's was around dinner time. But still. Mark my words: I will call in sick to work on the day our next President, Barack Obama, comes to town (rumored that he is). Gosh I hope no one at work is reading this.

The rally was held outside on a beautiful, clear, crisp day. A day that started out painfully hot, in the 70’s, the wind was blowing nicely and the temperature was dropping to a much more pleasant low 60’s as the sun slowly set. Perfect for Rallies, Bluegrass music or Baseball!
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32 comments (Latest Comment: 05/06/2008 01:52:00 by MMB)

Duty to Others
Author: TriSec    Date: 05/03/2008 10:50:28

Good Day.

Well, by now most of you know that I had an opportunity to relocate to Maine. You also probably know it didn't work out. It wasn't work; it was the home front. Without baring my soul too much....Mrs. TriSec and I faced a true marital crisis over this one. We've been through many things together, but for the first time, the thought of leaving did cross my mind.

We're over the hump now, after a few tumultuous weeks...and there's a reason I was able to pull myself back together. In times of need, we all go back to that rock, that one thing we've always turned to in a time of need.

You probably know that I've been a Scout and Scouter since I was 8 years old. 2008, in fact, is my 20th year as a registered adult leader with the Boy Scouts of America.

Disparate things? Maybe. Or Maybe not.
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66 comments (Latest Comment: 05/04/2008 04:14:33 by Raine)

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