Archive for August 2008

Cindy McCain “Offended” by Democrat Response to McCain’s Housing Crisis

August 31, 2008

According to CNN.com: I’m offended by Barack Obama saying that about my husband,” she told ABC News in an interview set to air Sunday. Asked if she thought Obama had gone too far in his criticism, she said “I do. I do. I really do.”

Further, CNN projects that Cindy McCain’s net worth is around 100 million dollars.

Let’s talk about this for one moment. The McCain’s are offended by the Democrats. They are offended because the Democrats attacked them on the amount of houses they own (and more specifically the lack of knowledge of their existence) This is not a matter of who has the most money, who has the better attack ads, this is about the American people. When someone running for President has a wife with a networth of 100 million dollars, and you have so many houses that you can’t keep track of them in your head, are you really in touch with the American people? Can you really understand the plight of the single black mother in New York? When your running mate is under State investigation and she hasnt even been governor for 2 years now, can you really successfully govern a nation? We need to stop embracing the swiftboat campaigning. We need to realize that this election is the make or break moment for millions of people and families across the nation. We need to stop this incessant childhood bickering and fighting and let the candidates talk about the issues. Let us hear what John McCain has to say about the housing market. Let us here what he has to say about the economy, because I sure as hell have yet to hear his platform spoken ONCE in response to this ad.

And by the way you know what I’m offended by? People who steal drugs from a children’s charity.

Sarah Palin Under Investigation

August 30, 2008

Yes the historic nomination of Sarah Palin as McCain’s VP continuously adds more stories to an already comical pick.

 

According to CNN.com: Alaska’s state legislature voted to spend $100,000 to investigate Sarah Palin’s role in breaking an ethics/personnel rules by firing the state’s public safety commissioner. The commissioner, Walt Monegan, a gubernatorial appointee, said after he was let go in July that he felt pressured by the governor’s office to fire Palin’s ex-brother-in-law, Mike Wooten, a state trooper who had been locked in a messy divorce and child-custody battle with Palin’s sister.

In explaining Monegan’s termination, Palin said she wanted to take the Alaska Department of Public Safety in a “different, more energetic direction,” according to the Anchorage Daily News. But in announcing Branchflower’s appointment, Legislative Council Chairman Kim Elton said, “Alaskans are calling for a complete and fair investigation into why Walt Monegan was fired and if it had anything to do with Trooper Mike Wooten.”

 

Sarah Palin: you have been a governor for a mere 20 months, how could you possibly be under investigation already?  Is America really ready to vote for a governor under investigation by the state she governs? In the words of one great U.S. Congressman: “WAKE UP AMERICA!”

2008 Democratic National Convention

August 30, 2008
Illinois Senator Barack Obama with his family react to applause on the stage at Invesco field to accepts his parties nomination for President of the United States of America. The final night of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Co. John Leyba, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | John Leyba)

Illinois Senator Barack Obama with his family react to applause on the stage at Invesco field to accepts his parties nomination for President of the United States of America. The final night of the Democratic National Convention, Thursday, August 28, 2008 at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, Co. John Leyba, The Denver Post (THE DENVER POST | John Leyba)

I recently came out of shock.

The speeches, the emotions, everything was overload. Never would I have imagined that this year would be the year to change history.

We are all making history right now, the 18 million people who voted for Senator Obama, the 18 million people who voted for Senator Clinton. All of us, joined together to make Barack Obama the first African American candidate for President from a major political party. From Ted Kennedy’s emotional speech recalling John F. Kennedy, to Dennis Kucinich’s spine chilling speech telling American to “wake up”, to Hillary’s speech telling us “no McCain” to Democratic Presidential Nominee Barack Obama’s speech.

All 80,000+ Americans in Denver witnessed it 38,300,000 Americans watched it from their homes, even more watched it online, or read about it in their papers.

Every word was one to remember. Every moment was historical. Below I have chosen two parts of Senator Obama’s speech which stuck with me for one reason or another.
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Palin Named McCain’s VP

August 29, 2008

After hearing all day about McCain’s VP pick, I had to give him some credit. He definetly made me and a lot of others scratch there heads. The endless guessing game between Romney and Pawlenty was finally ended when the Alaska governor was named along side McCain for the Presidency in 2008.  Palin has the highest approval rating of any governor in the United States, and has known to cross party lines in several of her executive decisions.

 

That being said…

 

 

According to CNN, McCain and Palin only conversed ONE TIME before she was named the choice for Vice President.  She has only been governor for a year and is definetly not the best selection when it comes to the incessant “inexperienced” charges thrown at Barack Obama. Further, Palin and McCain have been on the different scope of several issues, most notably drilling in ANWR. Not to mention Palin has no idea what the Vice President of the United States does

 

It seems that McCain wanted to create some noise on his side of the election as well. There have been several guesses that McCain picked Palin to win over more of Hillary Clinton’s supporters. This doesn’t seem as though it will work, considering Palin is considerably more conservative than Mrs. Clinton on several issues, including a woman’s right to choose.

As HRC said in her speech,

“I want you to ask yourselves: Were you in this campaign just for me? Or were you in it for that young Marine and others like him? Were you in it for that mom struggling with cancer while raising her kids? Were you in it for that boy and his mom surviving on the minimum wage? Were you in it for all the people in this country who feel invisible?

 

If Hillary’s supporters vote based on their beliefs on the issues, there is no way Palin will draw enough people from the Democrats side to sway the election. There is also the possibilty that some staunch conservatives may not vote for McCain/Palin because McCain is seen as not conservative enough (which Palin is not going to help) or perhaps people may just not be comfortable voting for a woman.

Any thoughts on McCain’s choice?

 

 

United, We Can Build a Better America

August 27, 2008

Since June 7, 2008 – that dreadful day when the once inevitable campaign to the Presidency ended – I have remained a loyal footsoldier, marching behind my Senator, Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Even as she suspended her campaign I joined in many Americans who felt that it was not really over, that some grace of god would deliver us the nomination and the future of our country would be in sound, trusted hands.  Well, that moment never came and in two days, a Freshman Senator from Illinois – three years out of the state legislature – will become the nominee of our party.

Up to this day I remained disappointed, even angry and bitter that the party, the country, and even some friends had turned their backs on the Clinton’s.  She was my nominee, no matter what anyone else said.  However, after watching her speech infront of the national deleagtions of each state i realized that though I remain a CLINTON DEMOCRAT, the bigger part of that phrase is Democrat (it even has more letters).  It would be a crime for me to stand by idly and watch my counrty’s future fall into the hands of a Republican President for the next four years.  In the words of my idol, “NO WAY, NO HOW, NO MCCAIN.”

After watching Hillary highlight our accomplishments throughout this campaign – giving inspiration to the young boy in Oregon who sold his bicycle and video games to give money to the Campaign, to the millions of women who were born before they even had the right to vote, to every mom and dad who put their sons and daughters on their shoulder’s and said “see honey, you can be anything you want to be”, and most notably to the 18 million people who put 18 million cracks in the final great glass ceiling in our nation – I am finally, and greatfully, at peace with the outcome. 

I am so proud of my Senator and the amazing speech she gave at the Democratic Convention tonight.  I know that Hillary is the greatest politician of the baby-boom generation and I know she would have made one of the greatest presidents in our History.  But now, I will have to settle for her being the greatest Senator; my Senator.

For all those Clinton Democrats out there that remain intent on spoiling the election in hopes of a future Clinton run, please consider what is best for our country.  If McCain wins, those 18 million cracks that we helped create will have been for nothing.

The time is now, we must win in November, we must take our country back; United We Can Build a Better America!

Russians Pull out of Georiga

August 23, 2008
Russian convoy leaving Gori

Russian convoy leaving Gori

Well they mostly pulled out.

On Friday the Russian forces started to withdraw from Georgia to the two disputed areas within Georgia. It seems Russia is well on it’s way to recognizing the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as sovereign states.

Russian convoys were spotted leaving the main city of Gori, the birthplace of Stalin.

The people who came back to Gori came back only to see rubble and destruction where their homes once stood. The Georgian government is preparing for an influx of refugees into the region following the withdrawal of the Russian military.

Russian troops criticized for not exactly living up to United States military standards with sloppy air strikes, antiquated tanks, and at times even drunken soldiers showed that despite all of that they completed their objective quickly. We were reminded what pure aggressive invasion can look like. It was a throwback to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, some of the tanks were even the same.
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Better Know a Vice President: Joe Biden

August 23, 2008

This is the first of the two part series “Better Know a Vice President” and in this installment we’re looking at Joe Biden.

Joseph Robinette Biden, Jr. is the Senior United States Senator from Delaware. He’s been in office since 1973 when he was 30 years old.

He’s the chair of the Committee on Foreign Relations. He is known for being a big name in international relations. Joe Biden spoke with Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili after the Russian invasion a few weeks ago. He did vote for the Iraq war, however he alongside Senator Lugar wanted an amendment saying that military force will only be used after diplomatic efforts were exhausted and that military action would disarm Saddam Hussein, not overthrow him.

Senator Biden came out strongly with a plan to divide Iraq into a strong federal government along sectarian lines. His son is set to go to Iraq in October so this is an issue which is important to him.
He dropped out of the race for president after Iowa. He has run for president before, in 1988 and 2004. His 1988 campaign came into trouble when he was accused of plagiarizing a speech.

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