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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Hurricane Gustav Heading To New Orleans

Our Thoughts and Prays Are With You

Hey folks,

We are all watching Hurricane Gustav as it seemingly targets New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with them that are still there. I hope that Gustav will continue to down grade before it hits. Making a total change in direction would not be bad either. According to the Weather Channel

Mark Avery, Lead Meteorologist, The Weather Channel 5:09 a.m. ET 8/31/2008

Gustav became a very dangerous Category 4 hurricane on Saturday afternoon. Gustav has weakened from crossing the western tip of Cuba, now with maximum sustained winds near 125 mph. Gustav is expected to reintensify today as it moves through the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. See Video HERE.

As of 4 a.m. CDT, Gustav was centered about 425 miles southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving northwest at 16 mph.

Along the northern Gulf Coast, a hurricane warning is in effect from east of Cameron, Louisiana, to the Alabama/Florida border, including Lake Pontchartrain and the City of New Orleans. A hurricane warning means that hurricane conditions are expected within 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the Lower Florida Keys west of Seven Mile Bridge to the Dry Tortugas, and from the Alabama/Florida border east to the Ochlockonee River. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the next 24 hours.

A tropical storm warning and hurricane watch is in effect from Cameron, Louisiana, westward to High Island, Texas. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the next 36 hours.

From the southeast Gulf, the forecast track continues to indicate that Gustav head northwestward reaching the central Gulf Coast Monday afternoon. Gustav will slow as it moves inland, likely unleashing excessive rainfall and devastating flooding.

Meanwhile, squally weather and the threat of tornadoes are sweeping over the Florida Keys and will persist through Sunday, spreading northward up the Florida Peninsula as Sunday progresses.

The outer rainbands of Gustav will begin impacting coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle as early as late Sunday with scattered downpours and thunderstorms. Wind, rain, and waves will increase significantly through Monday with the worst conditions arriving along the Louisiana coast by Monday afternoon.

All interests along the Gulf Coast should pay very close attention to this extremely dangerous storm.

Right behind Gustav, we have Hanna. Hanna seems, at this point, one that we here in South Florida REALLY need to keep an eye on ourselves. But that will be later this week toward the Weekend.

So to all my friends in New Orleans and Louisiana, and all through the Gulf Coast, PLEASE get to safety. PLAESE heed the warnings. Be safe and may God be with you.

OK. Coming right up today:

Palin Energizing Both Sides
Canada Says Screw Saryence, we want REAL Science
Maybe it really is Obiden
Oops, Palin is a Conservative. Never mind.

Good to be back in The Chair today for the Big Sunday Edition of the OPNTalk Blog. Glad you joined us. Let's get right to it.

Palin Energizing Both Sides

But it is the Right that is winning.

Hey folks,

As I was telling you yesterday in the special Saturday Post, THIS is too good. I'm loving every second of this, and the more I learn about Gov. Palin, the more I love her. She IS perfect for McCain and the Left is completely loosing it.

Now there has been Press Release galore over McCain's pick. The Left is trying DESPERATELY to find something they can attack her on, yet not come across as doing so. So the mantra, still to my amazement seems to be the lack of experience thing. But there IS no lack of experience on Governing. Has Obama? Where is his? Why are they not asking about his experience? Where is HIS Foreign Policy experience? He has NONE!

But this is not stopped them from attempting to use it. But to get down and dirty? Remember yesterday I told you that even Joe Biden understands that you have to be careful. To criticize the only Second Woman to be on a major party ticket for VP? He said that McCain chosen her was "another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics."

But even Obama himself understands that this is a delicate situation for them. He wants to distance himself a bit from the Loons out there that will go after her full blast. According to the Politico - Obama loses spotlight to new rival By CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN 8/29/08 11:09 PM EST Obama said this.

“I think that, uh, you know, campaigns start getting these, uh, hair triggers and, uh, the statement that Joe and I put out reflects our sentiments,” he said, apparently criticizing his staff for going overboard, as he did occasionally in the primary.

A little bit later he said this.

"I haven't met her before. She seems like a compelling person ... with a terrific personal story.

I'm sure that she will help make the case for Republicans, unfortunately the case is more of the same, and so ultimately John McCain is at the top of the ticket.

He wants to take the country in the wrong direction, I'm assuming Gov. Palin agrees with him and his policies.

But the fact that she, uh, will soon be nominated, uh, is one more indicator of this country moving forward, uh, one more hit against that glass ceiling. I congratulate her and look forward to a vigorous debate.

I'm pleased with my choice for vice president, Joe Biden. I think he's the man who can help me guide this country in a better direction and help working families."

{Laughing} What does Hillary think?

"We should all be proud of Governor Sarah Palin's historic nomination, and I congratulate her and Senator McCain. While their policies would take America in the wrong direction, Governor Palin will add an important new voice to the debate."

Now folks, I'm not exaggerating a bit here. I have so many different Press Releases, I am not about to post every one. It would take all day. But I did want to post a couple. First up is Campaign for Working Families. This is from Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer

"I believe we now have the most pro-life ticket in history running on the most pro-life platform in history.

Gov. Palin's credentials as a leader include taking on political corruption and reducing spending. But her promises of change were not just words; they became actions. And her concern for country has been passed down to her five children. Her oldest son, Track, joined the Army last year on the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks, and is serving his country.

All conservatives should be proud to support this historic ticket of proven reformers with records of self-sacrifice for their country and their families."

Then you have this one from Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins.

"Senator McCain made an outstanding pick from the choices that were on the table. Governor Sarah Palin is an outspoken advocate for pro-family policies that energize social conservatives. She has a record of advancing the culture of life at every opportunity including championing a ban on partial-birth abortion and promoting parental consent for minor abortions.

On February 11th of this year, for example, she signed into law the 'Safe Haven for Infants Act,' facilitating the safe surrender of an unwanted newborn to a place of safety and hope. Her actions contrast sharply with the Democratic nominee, Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill.), who when he was in the Illinois Senate repeatedly helped to kill a bill that sought to protect babies who survived abortion.

She has also lived out her personal beliefs. Earlier this year, Governor Palin and her husband welcomed the birth of their fifth child, Trig Paxson Van Palin. During the pregnancy, they learned that Trig would be born with Down's syndrome. In an era when over 80 percent of Down's syndrome babies are aborted, the Palins feel they have been extremely blessed by God to raise 'an absolutely perfect' son. Governor Palin continues to use her testimony to advance protections for unborn children.

Governor Palin also believes that marriage is between one man and one woman. In a speech in 2006, she expressed her disappointment in an Alaskan Supreme Court ruling ordering that the state provide benefits to same-sex partners. 'I disagree with the recent court decision because I feel as though Alaskans spoke on this issue with its overwhelming support for a Constitutional Amendment in 1998 which defined marriage as between a man and woman.'"

She is a welcomed addition by the Catholics, Conservatives, even some of the Environmental Group out there. She has support by some Liberals, Independents, and even some Democrats. An 80 plus approval rating and a history of taking on special interests and WINNING. She is most DEFINITLY who McCain needed to pick.

Now of course, I'm sure that you will be hearing all about her on all the Sunday shows today, all the papers, and the Radio shows on Monday. The Mainstream Media can now no longer ignore McCain and just Praise Obama. Now they HAVE to cover this.

Just remember folks, and ask yourself this when you hear some of the outrageous things you will no doubt hear coming up. If this were a Democrat, would they be asking these questions? If it were a Liberal, would they ask this? But keep in mind this also. They are now DESPERATE! SCARED! They are now WORRIED! Because they KNOW that this is a home run for McCain. They KNOW that the more people learn about her, see her, listen to her, the more people will love her.

It is about to get really interesting to watch.

Politico - Obama loses spotlight to new rival
Campaign for Working Families
Family Research Council Action

H. S. For Sunday 083108

Only One Problem.

Hey folks,

THEY ARE NOT IN DANGER! Neither are we, the spotted owl, the Caribou, or anything else. But ESPIECALLY not the Polar Bear.

You know how I get with the whole GWBS thing. That is what it is. BS. The ice is not melting, the world is not ending, there is no threat. Hell, we are not even WARMING anymore. That cycle is complete and we are now going to start cooling. {Sigh}

This week, in the Health and Science segment, we see that there are still some out there that want to use these cute, stuffed animal looking, Polar Bears, to continue to spread the lie. But the problem is, they are not in danger.

Remember back on April 28, 2008, I posted this. OPNTalk - Polar Bears Increasing Population, We Need A New Victim.

For a while now we keep hearing that the Polar Bears are facing extinction, and it’s all YOUR fault. We have been told that the ice caps are melting and the Polar Bears will starve to death. We have seen fake pictures, PROVEN to be fake, now MOVIE excerpts from the movie “Day After Tomorrow” being PROVEN to be depicted as REAL in Al Gore’s movie, “An Inconvenient Truth.” To school kids being FORCED into watching what more and more people are coming out and telling us is complete BS. The kids are being SCARED into going home and telling their parents that THEY MUST DO something. The poor old Polar Bears are dying because we are killing them.

There is only one problem / The Polar Bears are NOT becoming extinct. They are actual GROWING in numbers.

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service estimates that the polar bear population is currently at 20,000 to 25,000 bears, up from as low as 5,000-10,000 bears in the 1950s and 1960s. A 2002 U.S. Geological Survey of wildlife in the Arctic Refuge Coastal Plain noted that the polar bear populations “may now be near historic highs.” The alarm about the future of polar bear decline is based on speculative computer model predictions many decades in the future. And the methodology of these computer models is being challenged by many scientists and forecasting experts.

So just like all the other GWBS, even in the light of the FACTS and REALITY, some want to continue to use the Polar Bear as a sign of GW. According to Reuters - Canada wants more study on polar bear protection By Allan Dowd

INUVIK, Northwest Territories (Reuters) - Canada, criticized by environmentalists for not adequately protecting polar bears from the effects of climate change, said on Thursday it will take more time study its next step.

A scientific panel on Thursday released detailed findings of an April review that classified the bear population as a "special concern," but not endangered or threatened with extinction.

The government has created a national round table to consult with a variety of groups, including residents of the Arctic, on how best to protect the bears, Environment Minister John Baird said.

"Protecting the polar bears is something we are committed to, but we going to base it on science and with input and collaboration with Inuit and northern people," Baird told reporters in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

Canada is home to about two-thirds of the world's 25,000 polar bears.

The animal is the symbol of the country's vast northern region, with the metal of Northwest Territories' license plates even stamped in its silhouette.

The United States said in May it was listing polar bears as a threatened species. Baird said Canada was cooperating with U.S. officials on studying how best to protect the animals.

Some green groups say Canada falls short by not matching the U.S. declaration, which was prompted by fears that global warming was destroying the ice needed by the bears to survive.

But Canada's Arctic Inuit people say the bear population is not in as much trouble as some fear, with the most serious problems more localized in nature, and they complain further restrictions on hunting will hurt their communities.

Designating the polar bears as threatened would require prohibitions like bans on hunting and destruction of habitat.

The U.S. Geological Survey said last September that two thirds of the world's polar bears could be gone by mid-century if predictions of melting sea ice in the Arctic hold true.

BUT THEY ARE NOT TRUE! That is the point. Idiots! The ice is not melting. The Polar Bears are increasing, and the people that actually LIVE there, KNOW IT. That is why they do not care about Scaryence and lies. They are there. They can see with their own eyes. They could not care less about "What ifs" and "Could bes." They want FACTS and TRUTH. They want REAL Science.

Of course, this does not sit well with those that do not care about truth or facts, just furthering agendas. I applaud Canada. Create any panels you want. Discuss the issues. Seek out the FACTS. You will find that you have no need to kowtow to these Morons. Remain true to yourselves, and in the end, you will be proven right.

Be right back.

Reuters - Canada wants more study on polar bear protection

You Can't Make This Stuff Up 083108

Maybe it really is Obiden?

Hey folks,

Simply put, I just found this funny. Short, sweet, and humours. It appears that Obama and Biden have more in common than anyone though. Perhaps even themselves.

According to the AFP - Obama, Biden descended from Irish cobblers: researcher

Both US presidential hopeful Barack Obama and running mate Joseph Biden are descended from shoemakers who emigrated from Ireland within five weeks of each other, a researcher said Friday.

US genealogist Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak said the two politicians' ancestors set off for the United States in April and May 1849, joining up to 1.5 million other Irish who fled their island's devastating 1845-49 potato famine.

Last year, Smolenyak Smolenyak, who lives in New Jersey, traced Obama's maternal Kearney family roots to Moneygall in County Offaly.

Now she believes that Biden's great-great-grandfather, Owen Finnegan, most likely emigrated from Carlingford in County Louth, which borders on Northern Ireland.

"In the case of both Biden and Obama's family, what's interesting is that the gentlemen in the family left in 1849 and then their families followed in 1850," Smolenyak Smolenyak told RTE public radio.

"What is even more peculiar is that both of the progenitors were shoemakers."

About 34 million Americans claim an Irish connection.

Smolenyak Smolenyak? Is that even a real name? Not picking, just wondering. At first I thought it was a typo, but twice? No. Make that four times? {Smile} Anyway, I guess we can now find it safe to assume that they are perfect for each other, and we can also forget the millions both have and the houses that both have. They can relate to the common man because they both come from Shoe Makers. {Sigh}

No. I'm not going to ask the obvious question. I will leave that to you.

Be right back.

AFP - Obama, Biden descended from Irish cobblers: researcher

IWA For Sunday 083108

You would think she would be FOR Palin. Oops, Palin is a Conservative. Never mind.

Hey folks,

It's Sunday! Time for the IWA! This weeks winner is typical. This is what I was talking about before when I said that the LWL {Far Left Wing Loony Fringe} will be attacking what they should be supporting. But since the Woman that has achieved such a mile stone in history just happens to be a Conservative, uh, never mind. Not important. No big deal. {Laughing}

But this is no surprise for this week's winner. I would be willing to bet most of you out there most likely have never heard of her before. She is a card carrying member of the LWL. A Feminatzi type. Big Union and anti- war protester in the 70 and 80s and now the Chair of Change to Win. Her name is Anna Burger.

Now Change to Win is a big union conglomerate made up of seven unions and boasts a 6 million plus membership. Now if you have ever been in a union, you know some are good, some are in it for dues only. You know that most of the time, the only ones that the union really benefit are those running them.

Her little Press release shows us just how desperately scared these people are. Seriously folks. They are absolutely afraid that McCain's pick is going to work. It has already overshadowed Obama's "I have a Dream" TYPE speech. It has completely knocked Hillary off the radar, and it has re-energized the base of the Republican Party. It has even gotten some disgruntled Hillary supporters looking more seriously at McCain. They, the LWL, and some in the Mainstream Media, were completely blindsided. They are lashing out.

Here is what she had to say.

"Even though it is John McCain's 72nd birthday, it looks like Barack Obama and Joe Biden got the best gift with McCain's choice of Sarah Palin to be McCain's running mate. In an election McCain claims is about experience and security, he picks someone who barely has the equivalent of a learner's permit in elected office, let alone foreign affairs. She has served well under two years as governor, and her prior experience as a mayor of a town with 9,000 people does not qualify her to be a heartbeat away from the presidency."

Uh, Anna? Obama served 143 days in the Senate and has NO Foreign Policy experience AT ALL. He is not a heartbeat away from the Presidency, he WILL be President if he wins in November. So do you really want to talk about HER experience? Her experience trumps his hands down.

"America's working families want change. They want leaders with a proven record of standing up for better wages, health care for all, retirement security, fair trade deals that value jobs here at home, and for rebuilding our middle class through green jobs that pay a living wage. They want the chance to better themselves through union representation without facing illegal employer harassment."

Oh did I mention she is an Envionut as well? Where is Obama's record Ms. Burger? Where did he help ANYONE? Tell me his great accomplishments. I can give you some very positive ones that Palin has done. I've only known her for about two days. Can you with Obama?

"Governor Palin's lack of experience and thin record give us no choice but to return to the clear facts; that John McCain has a long and terrible record of failing America's workers. McCain's record is a train wreck for families who want a shot at the American Dream, and this choice, his first as a presidential candidate, shows a serious lack of judgment and understanding about what this election is about."

Seriously, you Ms. Burger are an Idiot. This election is about "Change." Right? McCain picks a Woman with more qualifications than his opponent. Obama? Picks a 30 year veteran Politician. A older White guy. Who is actually enacting CHANGE?

"That's why Change to Win members are so excited about the Obama-Biden ticket. We're in our sixth month of backing a candidate who has the vision and leadership to make real change for all of America's working families. Obama had the wisdom to pick a partner with over 30 years of experience in foreign affairs, and who has always stood on the side of workers in the fight for good jobs, retirement with dignity, and the opportunity to leave a better life for their children. That is why we are proud and excited to continue to knock on thousands of doors, visit thousands of worksites, and make millions of phone calls to educate our members and turn out an historic vote this November."

Yeah and one that has made three racist statements in the recent past. That's change alright. Sorry Ms Burger. I'm glad to say that most Americans are NOT LWL members, nor do they want to see a completely ignorant puppet get into the highest office in the land. They WANT experience. They WANT values. They want change. That IS what they are going to get with the first Woman VP in American history.

Congratulations Ms. Burger, you are the Idiot of the Week. Now go hug a tree while protesting the war, or just lace up your boots and get ready. Palin is not going anywhere. With her on the ticket, McCain may actually win this one BIG time.

Change to Win- Website

Presidential Radio Address for 083008

President Bush Radio Address

President Bush: "Good morning. This weekend, millions of Americans will celebrate Labor Day. This holiday marks the traditional end of the summer season. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the contributions of hardworking Americans all across our country - from teachers, farmers, and health care professionals, to firefighters, police officers, small business owners, and workers on the assembly line.

The American workforce continues to be the marvel of the world. Yet many working families have been weathering tough economic times. There are families across our country struggling to make ends meet. There is an understandable concern about the high price of gas and food. And many Americans are worried about the health of our housing and job markets.

I share these concerns about our economy. Yet there have been some recent signs that our economy is beginning to improve. While the housing market is continuing to experience difficulty, the decline in home sales has leveled off recently, and sales are rising in some parts of the country. Orders for some durable goods, such as business equipment, are rising. And earlier this week we received a report that America's economy grew in the second quarter at an annual rate of 3.3 percent - surprising analysts who were predicting an economic recession.

These welcome signs indicate that the economic stimulus package that I signed earlier this year is having its intended effect. The growth package will return more than $150 billion back to American families and businesses this year. Many Americans who received tax rebates are spending them. Businesses are taking advantage of tax incentives to purchase new equipment this year. And there are signs that the stimulus package will continue to have a beneficial impact on the economy in the second half of the year.

Labor Day is also the traditional start of the election season. In the coming months, it will be tempting for some in Congress to try to score political points instead of getting work done for the American people. Our citizens deserve better. We still have time to accomplish important goals for our country. My Administration remains hopeful that we can work with Democratic leaders in Congress on bipartisan measures to help Americans cope with this period of economic uncertainty.

We need to work together on a comprehensive approach to our energy problems. I've called on Congress to permit us to tap vast, unused sources of oil and gas, expand domestic refining capacity, and encourage the development of alternative energy sources. Congress continues to stand in the way of this comprehensive approach. At a minimum, Democratic leaders in Congress should move forward on common-sense energy proposals that have bipartisan support - and it is not too late to do this. They should act responsibly by lifting the ban on offshore drilling, expanding access to oil shale, and implementing long-term tax credits to spur the development of alternative sources of energy like wind, solar, and nuclear power.

We need to work together to open up markets for American goods. Exports account for a greater share of America's gross domestic product than at any time in our history. It is not too late for Congress to approve free trade agreements with strong allies like Colombia, Panama, and South Korea - so that we can create more opportunities for American farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs.

We need to work together to keep your taxes low. At a time of economic challenge, the last thing American families need is a massive tax increase. It's not too late for Congress to make the tax relief we passed in 2001 and 2003 permanent.

Despite our economic difficulties, there is every reason to be optimistic about America's future. Our workforce is dynamic and productive. Our economy is showing that it is resilient. And our Nation is the most industrious, creative, and prosperous on earth.

Laura and I wish you a safe and joyous Labor Day weekend.

Thank you for listening."

Saturday, August 30, 2008

McCain Picks Gov Sarah Palin of Alaska

I'm a happy man

Hey folks,

Special Saturday Post today. This is from the Emails and I really do thank you LG for sending it to me. I really am a happy man with McCain's choice. In case you folks out there missed it, check this Video out. It's 25 minutes long so get your coffee, get ready, and enjoy. I'll be right back with my thoughts after the Video.

McCain introducing Palin

OK so who is she? Well, she is someone that can overcome odds, Govern, and has something that REALLY scares the Liberals. After two years in office, her popularity remains high. She has 80 percent approval ratings.

Here is a little bit of her Bio.

Governor Sarah Palin made history on Dec. 4, 2006, when she took office. As the 11th governor of Alaska, she is the first woman to hold the office.

Under her leadership, Alaska invested $5 billion in state savings, overhauled education funding, and implemented the Senior Benefits Program that provides support for low-income older Alaskans. She created Alaska’s Petroleum Systems Integrity Office to provide oversight and maintenance of oil and gas equipment, facilities and infrastructure, and the Climate Change Subcabinet to prepare a climate change strategy for Alaska.

During her first legislative session, Governor Palin’s administration passed two major pieces of legislation – an overhaul of the state’s ethics laws and a competitive process to construct a gas pipeline.

Governor Palin is chair of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, a multi-state government agency that promotes the conservation and efficient recovery of domestic oil and natural gas resources while protecting health, safety and the environment. She was recently named chair of the National Governors Association (NGA) Natural Resources Committee, which is charged with pursuing legislation to ensure state needs are considered as federal policy is formulated in the areas of agriculture, energy, environmental protection and natural resource management. Prior to being named to this position, she served as co-chair of this committee.

Prior to her election as governor, Palin served two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the mayor/manager of Wasilla. During her tenure, she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment, drawing in new industry.

She has served as chair of the Alaska Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She was elected by her peers to serve as president of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska's communities.

What has Obama done? The LWL {Far Left Loony Fringe}, the Obamaites, and some in the Mainstream Media HATE this. They ABSOLUTELY hate McCain surprising and history making choice. HATE IT!

Hillary gets screwed by the LWL. Obama, the LWL Messiah is being over shadowed by a Women. A Woman that is more qualified to actually be President than he is. HOWEVER, some in the Mainstream Media BETTER be careful. They have a bit of a delima here. How do they attack a Woman VP pick? How do they down play her significance? How do they attack McCain? {Laughing} They can't. So it seems they have decided to go after her foreign policy experience. Which of course is just absurd. Obama? Foreign Policy? Sorry, the world tour does not count.

But they are trying. Get this from the AP this morning. AP - McCain's choice of running mate is hardly known By STEVE QUINN and CALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press Writers

She has more experience catching fish than dealing with foreign policy or national affairs.

{Laughing} They hate this folks. I'm telling you. So Mr. Quinnand Mr. Woodward, what experience does Obama have at Governing? What foreign policy experience does he have? "Well, he has Biden." Well, she has McCain that trumps Biden. Oh by the way, McCain is the one that will become President. Biden? VP.

This Woman is absolutely driving some on the Left nuts. I'm loving this. I really am. I love when she said this.

"Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet, and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all."

She is right. The fact that she is not a Democrat is going to FORCE some to down play what they would otherwise be praising. This is going to be dangerous territory for them to walk. EVEN VP Candidate Joe Biden sees that this is dangerous. He said that Palin's selection was "another encouraging sign that old barriers are falling in our politics."

I also love this. Just as a bit of a side note. She brings a story. She brings a feel good message. She really does seem to have something for everyone to look to. To say "she's for me." One is the story of her Son Trig. She was told that Trig would be born with Down syndrome. There was never a doubt that she and Todd would have the child. When asked if she considered aborting Trig, she said this.

"We've both been very vocal about being pro-life. We understand that every innocent life has wonderful potential."

You know that the Left is big on feelings. They want you to feel good about this and that. They want you to feel for Obama. They want you to feel good about putting the first African American in the White House. They want you to feel bad about McCain. They want you to FEEL that even though Obama has NO experience on, well, anything, is clueless as to reality, and cannot speak without a pre written speech and a teleprompter, he is the best one for the job.

However, Gov. Sarah Palin has A LOT to feel good about. Woman, Mother, Hunter, Governor, Pro-Life, Yes, I know, even the Envionuts can feel good about her, she kicked the bejesus out of a 22 year veteran Politician {Politically speaking of course} to become the first Woman Governor of Alaska, tough, nononsense Executive, who of course, just happens to be a staunt Conservative. She really DOES have a lot to feel good about. Great choice Sen McCain. GREAT choice.

I would also be willing to bet this. The fact that Palin is now part of the ticket, we will be seeing A LOT more energy and excitement on the Right. We are going to see a VERY interesting tiptoe attack on Palin from the Left, and this just got really interesting.

Breitbart TV - Video
Sarah Palin -
AP - McCain's choice of running mate is hardly known

Friday, August 29, 2008


Sad that there will be many that buy this garbage.

Hey folks,

This really was unbelievable. It really was. Read the transcript of the Messiah's speech last night. Read it twice if you have to. This is absolute BS. He also laid out what he wants to do, and even how he intends to pay for it. I was impressed with the boldness of his speaking out about his Socialistic agenda.

But you know that the truly sad thing is, there will be many that actually BELIEVE this. Think that the Messiah can do no wrong. That the Heavens will open up and Obama will descend and the world will be perfect. {Sigh}

I just want to touch on some of what the far Left Loony Fringe Messiah had to say.

Obama: And when one of his chief advisers, the man who wrote his economic plan, was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we've become, and I quote, "a nation of whiners."

{Laughing} Really? You want to talk about advisers. What about Obama's advisers? Russia and Georgia, Iran, Iraq, Terrorists, North Korea, and their advice to him? Quote Winny the Pooh.

Obama: In Washington, they call this the "Ownership Society," but what it really means is that you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck, you're on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You're on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, even if you don't have boots. You are on your own.

Wait a second? "I prefer a 'we're all in it together' society. I believe our government can once again work for all Americans. It can promote the great American tradition of opportunity for all and special privileges for none." Hillary said this. A COMPLETELY Socialistic view of society.

Obama: These are my heroes; theirs are the stories that shaped my life. And it is on behalf of them that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as president of the United States.

No, we KNOW the heroes in your life. Resco, Wright, Alinsky, and the like.

I found this interesting. He actually said it.

Obama: I will -- listen now -- I will cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.

Yet he said this.

Obama: As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.

And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power, and solar power (OTCBB:SOPW) , and the next generation of biofuels -- an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.

America, now is not the time for small plans. Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy.

I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability.

And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.

Wait another second. He just said "If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education." I bet you he is not talking about Harvard. He is not talking about one bettering themselves to pursue the American Dream. He most likely meant this. "We have sent a message to our young people that if you don't go to college ... that you're thought less of in America. We have to stop this. Our country cannot run without the people who have the skills that are taught in this school." Hillary talking about a Trade School. Obama said that if you "commit to serving your community or our country." you know, be a good little citizen. We need people to run the country for those in charge. I bet you he was NOT talking about the military.

Back to Obama.

Obama: If you have health care -- if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.

Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick child or an ailing parent.

How will he pay?

Obama: Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime: by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow.

But I will also go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less, because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.

Transfer of wealth folks. Steal from the rich and give to the poor. After the Government takes their fair share of course.

On Military

Obama: I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts, but I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.

Seriously? Did Obama NOT say this?

“I’m the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning; and as president, I will end it.

“Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending. I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems. I will not weaponize space. I will slow our development of future combat systems.

“I will institute an independent defense priorities board to ensure that the Quadrennial Review is not used to justify unnecessary defense spending.

“Third, I will set a goal for a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenal.”

He did. Here is the Video.

I love this one. Record to run on? What record?

Obama: I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer, and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values.

And that's to be expected, because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.

OK. First, YOU, Obama, have no record to run on. NONE. YOU, Obama, have no fresh ideas. YOU are nothing but an empty suit. A fingerhead being controlled by brilliant speech writers and the far Left. A few times he has mentioned that McCain being in the Senate for 22 years was not change. Then he goes and picks a running mate that has been there for three decades. That's change?

Do not worry folks, some in the Mainstream Media will be touting this as the next great "I Have a Dream" speech. The Messiah's image will remain intact. Many Sheeple out there will buy into this hook, line, and sinker. This Obama mania which is, well, sick, for the lack of a better word, will continue. I really have seen NOTHING like this before. If it were not so dangerous, it would be funny for me to watch. But America itself is at stake here. Therefore I find it difficult to find the humour in the sickness that is taking over the minds of some normally good people. The disease that is infecting minds of people to just blindly follow this puppet.

Now back to your regular scheduled Obama Mania praiseathon.

Acceptance Speech Given By Obama at the DNC

Transcript of Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech

Barack Obama: Thank you so much.


Thank you very much.


Thank you, everybody.

To -- to Chairman Dean and my great friend Dick Durbin, and to all my fellow citizens of this great nation, with profound gratitude and great humility, I accept your nomination for presidency of the United States.


Let me -- let me express -- let me express my thanks to the historic slate of candidates who accompanied me on this journey, and especially the one who traveled the farthest, a champion for working Americans and an inspiration to my daughters and to yours, Hillary Rodham Clinton.


To President Clinton, to President Bill Clinton, who made last night the case for change as only he can make it...


... to Ted Kennedy, who embodies the spirit of service...


... and to the next vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, I thank you.


I am grateful to finish this journey with one of the finest statesmen of our time, a man at ease with everyone from world leaders to the conductors on the Amtrak train he still takes home every night.

To the love of my life, our next first lady, Michelle Obama...


... and to Malia and Sasha, I love you so much, and I am so proud of you.


Four years ago, I stood before you and told you my story, of the brief union between a young man from Kenya and a young woman from Kansas who weren't well-off or well-known, but shared a belief that in America their son could achieve whatever he put his mind to.

It is that promise that's always set this country apart, that through hard work and sacrifice each of us can pursue our individual dreams, but still come together as one American family, to ensure that the next generation can pursue their dreams, as well. That's why I stand here tonight. Because for 232 years, at each moment when that promise was in jeopardy, ordinary men and women -- students and soldiers, farmers and teachers, nurses and janitors -- found the courage to keep it alive.

We meet at one of those defining moments, a moment when our nation is at war, our economy is in turmoil, and the American promise has been threatened once more.

Tonight, more Americans are out of work and more are working harder for less. More of you have lost your homes and even more are watching your home values plummet. More of you have cars you can't afford to drive, credit cards, bills you can't afford to pay, and tuition that's beyond your reach.

These challenges are not all of government's making. But the failure to respond is a direct result of a broken politics in Washington and the failed policies of George W. Bush.


America, we are better than these last eight years. We are a better country than this.


This country is more decent than one where a woman in Ohio, on the brink of retirement, finds herself one illness away from disaster after a lifetime of hard work.

We're a better country than one where a man in Indiana has to pack up the equipment that he's worked on for 20 years and watch as it's shipped off to China, and then chokes up as he explains how he felt like a failure when he went home to tell his family the news.

We are more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets and families slide into poverty...


... that sits...


... that sits on its hands while a major American city drowns before our eyes.


Tonight, tonight, I say to the people of America, to Democrats and Republicans and independents across this great land: Enough. This moment...


This moment, this moment, this election is our chance to keep, in the 21st century, the American promise alive.

Because next week, in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third.


And we are here -- we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look just like the last eight.


On November 4th, on November 4th, we must stand up and say: Eight is enough.


Now, now, let me -- let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and our respect.


And next week, we'll also hear about those occasions when he's broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush 90 percent of the time.

Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but, really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than 90 percent of the time?


I don't know about you, but I am not ready to take a 10 percent chance on change.


The truth is, on issue after issue that would make a difference in your lives -- on health care, and education, and the economy -- Senator McCain has been anything but independent.

He said that our economy has made great progress under this president. He said that the fundamentals of the economy are strong.

And when one of his chief advisers, the man who wrote his economic plan, was talking about the anxieties that Americans are feeling, he said that we were just suffering from a mental recession and that we've become, and I quote, "a nation of whiners."


A nation of whiners? Tell that to the proud auto workers at a Michigan plant who, after they found out it was closing, kept showing up every day and working as hard as ever, because they knew there were people who counted on the brakes that they made.

Tell that to the military families who shoulder their burdens silently as they watch their loved ones leave for their third, or fourth, or fifth tour of duty.

These are not whiners. They work hard, and they give back, and they keep going without complaint. These are the Americans I know.


Now, I don't believe that Senator McCain doesn't care what's going on in the lives of Americans; I just think he doesn't know.


Why else would he define middle-class as someone making under $5 million a year? How else could he propose hundreds of billions in tax breaks for big corporations and oil companies, but not one penny of tax relief to more than 100 million Americans?

How else could he offer a health care plan that would actually tax people's benefits, or an education plan that would do nothing to help families pay for college, or a plan that would privatize Social Security and gamble your retirement?


It's not because John McCain doesn't care; it's because John McCain doesn't get it.


For over two decades -- for over two decades, he's subscribed to that old, discredited Republican philosophy: Give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else.

In Washington, they call this the "Ownership Society," but what it really means is that you're on your own. Out of work? Tough luck, you're on your own. No health care? The market will fix it. You're on your own. Born into poverty? Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps, even if you don't have boots. You are on your own.


Well, it's time for them to own their failure. It's time for us to change America. And that's why I'm running for president of the United States.


You see, you see, we Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country.

We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage, whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month so you can someday watch your child receive her college diploma.

We measure progress in the 23 million new jobs that were created when Bill Clinton was president...


... when the average American family saw its income go up $7,500 instead of go down $2,000, like it has under George Bush.


We measure the strength of our economy not by the number of billionaires we have or the profits of the Fortune 500, but by whether someone with a good idea can take a risk and start a new business, or whether the waitress who lives on tips can take a day off and look after a sick kid without losing her job, an economy that honors the dignity of work.

The fundamentals we use to measure economic strength are whether we are living up to that fundamental promise that has made this country great, a promise that is the only reason I am standing here tonight.

Because, in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton's army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the G.I. Bill.

In the face of that young student, who sleeps just three hours before working the night shift, I think about my mom, who raised my sister and me on her own while she worked and earned her degree, who once turned to food stamps, but was still able to send us to the best schools in the country with the help of student loans and scholarships.


When I -- when I listen to another worker tell me that his factory has shut down, I remember all those men and women on the South Side of Chicago who I stood by and fought for two decades ago after the local steel plant closed.

And when I hear a woman talk about the difficulties of starting her own business or making her way in the world, I think about my grandmother, who worked her way up from the secretarial pool to middle management, despite years of being passed over for promotions because she was a woman.

She's the one who taught me about hard work. She's the one who put off buying a new car or a new dress for herself so that I could have a better life. She poured everything she had into me. And although she can no longer travel, I know that she's watching tonight and that tonight is her night, as well.


Now, I don't know what kind of lives John McCain thinks that celebrities lead, but this has been mine.


These are my heroes; theirs are the stories that shaped my life. And it is on behalf of them that I intend to win this election and keep our promise alive as president of the United States.


What -- what is that American promise? It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect.

It's a promise that says the market should reward drive and innovation and generate growth, but that businesses should live up to their responsibilities to create American jobs, to look out for American workers, and play by the rules of the road.

Ours -- ours is a promise that says government cannot solve all our problems, but what it should do is that which we cannot do for ourselves: protect us from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep our water clean and our toys safe; invest in new schools, and new roads, and science, and technology.

Our government should work for us, not against us. It should help us, not hurt us. It should ensure opportunity not just for those with the most money and influence, but for every American who's willing to work.

That's the promise of America, the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation, the fundamental belief that I am my brother's keeper, I am my sister's keeper.

That's the promise we need to keep. That's the change we need right now.


So -- so let me -- let me spell out exactly what that change would mean if I am president.


Change means a tax code that doesn't reward the lobbyists who wrote it, but the American workers and small businesses who deserve it.


You know, unlike John McCain, I will stop giving tax breaks to companies that ship jobs overseas, and I will start giving them to companies that create good jobs right here in America.


I'll eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.


I will -- listen now -- I will cut taxes -- cut taxes -- for 95 percent of all working families, because, in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle class.


And for the sake of our economy, our security, and the future of our planet, I will set a clear goal as president: In 10 years, we will finally end our dependence on oil from the Middle East.


We will do this. Washington -- Washington has been talking about our oil addiction for the last 30 years. And, by the way, John McCain has been there for 26 of them.


And in that time, he has said no to higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars, no to investments in renewable energy, no to renewable fuels. And today, we import triple the amount of oil than we had on the day that Senator McCain took office.

Now is the time to end this addiction and to understand that drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution, not even close.


As president, as president, I will tap our natural gas reserves, invest in clean coal technology, and find ways to safely harness nuclear power. I'll help our auto companies re-tool, so that the fuel-efficient cars of the future are built right here in America.


I'll make it easier for the American people to afford these new cars.

And I'll invest $150 billion over the next decade in affordable, renewable sources of energy -- wind power, and solar power (OTCBB:SOPW) , and the next generation of biofuels -- an investment that will lead to new industries and 5 million new jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced.


America, now is not the time for small plans. Now is the time to finally meet our moral obligation to provide every child a world-class education, because it will take nothing less to compete in the global economy.

You know, Michelle and I are only here tonight because we were given a chance at an education. And I will not settle for an America where some kids don't have that chance.


I'll invest in early childhood education. I'll recruit an army of new teachers, and pay them higher salaries, and give them more support. And in exchange, I'll ask for higher standards and more accountability.

And we will keep our promise to every young American: If you commit to serving your community or our country, we will make sure you can afford a college education.


Now -- now is the time to finally keep the promise of affordable, accessible health care for every single American.


If you have health care -- if you have health care, my plan will lower your premiums. If you don't, you'll be able to get the same kind of coverage that members of Congress give themselves.


And -- and as someone who watched my mother argue with insurance companies while she lay in bed dying of cancer, I will make certain those companies stop discriminating against those who are sick and need care the most.


Now is the time to help families with paid sick days and better family leave, because nobody in America should have to choose between keeping their job and caring for a sick child or an ailing parent.

Now is the time to change our bankruptcy laws, so that your pensions are protected ahead of CEO bonuses, and the time to protect Social Security for future generations.

And now is the time to keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day's work, because I want my daughters to have the exact same opportunities as your sons.


Now, many of these plans will cost money, which is why I've laid out how I'll pay for every dime: by closing corporate loopholes and tax havens that don't help America grow.

But I will also go through the federal budget line by line, eliminating programs that no longer work and making the ones we do need work better and cost less, because we cannot meet 21st-century challenges with a 20th-century bureaucracy.


And, Democrats, Democrats, we must also admit that fulfilling America's promise will require more than just money. It will require a renewed sense of responsibility from each of us to recover what John F. Kennedy called our intellectual and moral strength.

Yes, government must lead on energy independence, but each of us must do our part to make our homes and businesses more efficient.


Yes, we must provide more ladders to success for young men who fall into lives of crime and despair. But we must also admit that programs alone can't replace parents, that government can't turn off the television and make a child do her homework, that fathers must take more responsibility to provide love and guidance to their children.

Individual responsibility and mutual responsibility, that's the essence of America's promise. And just as we keep our promise to the next generation here at home, so must we keep America's promise abroad.

If John McCain wants to have a debate about who has the temperament and judgment to serve as the next commander-in-chief, that's a debate I'm ready to have.


For -- for while -- while Senator McCain was turning his sights to Iraq just days after 9/11, I stood up and opposed this war, knowing that it would distract us from the real threats that we face.

When John McCain said we could just muddle through in Afghanistan, I argued for more resources and more troops to finish the fight against the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11, and made clear that we must take out Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants if we have them in our sights.

You know, John McCain likes to say that he'll follow bin Laden to the gates of Hell, but he won't even follow him to the cave where he lives.


And today, today, as my call for a timeframe to remove our troops from Iraq has been echoed by the Iraqi government and even the Bush administration, even after we learned that Iraq has $79 billion in surplus while we are wallowing in deficit, John McCain stands alone in his stubborn refusal to end a misguided war.

That's not the judgment we need; that won't keep America safe. We need a president who can face the threats of the future, not keep grasping at the ideas of the past.


You don't defeat -- you don't defeat a terrorist network that operates in 80 countries by occupying Iraq. You don't protect Israel and deter Iran just by talking tough in Washington. You can't truly stand up for Georgia when you've strained our oldest alliances.

If John McCain wants to follow George Bush with more tough talk and bad strategy, that is his choice, but that is not the change that America needs.


We are the party of Roosevelt. We are the party of Kennedy. So don't tell me that Democrats won't defend this country. Don't tell me that Democrats won't keep us safe.

The Bush-McCain foreign policy has squandered the legacy that generations of Americans, Democrats and Republicans, have built, and we are here to restore that legacy.


As commander-in-chief, I will never hesitate to defend this nation, but I will only send our troops into harm's way with a clear mission and a sacred commitment to give them the equipment they need in battle and the care and benefits they deserve when they come home.


I will end this war in Iraq responsibly and finish the fight against Al Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan. I will rebuild our military to meet future conflicts, but I will also renew the tough, direct diplomacy that can prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons and curb Russian aggression.

I will build new partnerships to defeat the threats of the 21st century: terrorism and nuclear proliferation, poverty and genocide, climate change and disease.

And I will restore our moral standing so that America is once again that last, best hope for all who are called to the cause of freedom, who long for lives of peace, and who yearn for a better future.


These -- these are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.

But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and each other's patriotism.


The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.

The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and independents, but they have fought together, and bled together, and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a red America or a blue America; they have served the United States of America.


So I've got news for you, John McCain: We all put our country first.


America, our work will not be easy. The challenges we face require tough choices. And Democrats, as well as Republicans, will need to cast off the worn-out ideas and politics of the past, for part of what has been lost these past eight years can't just be measured by lost wages or bigger trade deficits. What has also been lost is our sense of common purpose, and that's what we have to restore.

We may not agree on abortion, but surely we can agree on reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country.


The -- the reality of gun ownership may be different for hunters in rural Ohio than they are for those plagued by gang violence in Cleveland, but don't tell me we can't uphold the Second Amendment while keeping AK-47s out of the hands of criminals.


I know there are differences on same-sex marriage, but surely we can agree that our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters deserve to visit the person they love in a hospital and to live lives free of discrimination.


You know, passions may fly on immigration, but I don't know anyone who benefits when a mother is separated from her infant child or an employer undercuts American wages by hiring illegal workers.

But this, too, is part of America's promise, the promise of a democracy where we can find the strength and grace to bridge divides and unite in common effort.

I know there are those who dismiss such beliefs as happy talk. They claim that our insistence on something larger, something firmer, and more honest in our public life is just a Trojan horse for higher taxes and the abandonment of traditional values.

And that's to be expected, because if you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters.


If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.

And you know what? It's worked before, because it feeds into the cynicism we all have about government. When Washington doesn't work, all its promises seem empty. If your hopes have been dashed again and again, then it's best to stop hoping and settle for what you already know.

I get it. I realize that I am not the likeliest candidate for this office. I don't fit the typical pedigree, and I haven't spent my career in the halls of Washington.

But I stand before you tonight because all across America something is stirring. What the naysayers don't understand is that this election has never been about me; it's about you.


It's about you.


For 18 long months, you have stood up, one by one, and said, "Enough," to the politics of the past. You understand that, in this election, the greatest risk we can take is to try the same, old politics with the same, old players and expect a different result.

You have shown what history teaches us, that at defining moments like this one, the change we need doesn't come from Washington. Change comes to Washington.


Change happens -- change happens because the American people demand it, because they rise up and insist on new ideas and new leadership, a new politics for a new time.

America, this is one of those moments.

I believe that, as hard as it will be, the change we need is coming, because I've seen it, because I've lived it.

Because I've seen it in Illinois, when we provided health care to more children and moved more families from welfare to work.

I've seen it in Washington, where we worked across party lines to open up government and hold lobbyists more accountable, to give better care for our veterans, and keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists.

And I've seen it in this campaign, in the young people who voted for the first time and the young at heart, those who got involved again after a very long time; in the Republicans who never thought they'd pick up a Democratic ballot, but did.


I've seen it -- I've seen it in the workers who would rather cut their hours back a day, even though they can't afford it, than see their friends lose their jobs; in the soldiers who re-enlist after losing a limb; in the good neighbors who take a stranger in when a hurricane strikes and the floodwaters rise.

You know, this country of ours has more wealth than any nation, but that's not what makes us rich. We have the most powerful military on Earth, but that's not what makes us strong. Our universities and our culture are the envy of the world, but that's not what keeps the world coming to our shores.

Instead, it is that American spirit, that American promise, that pushes us forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our eye not on what is seen, but what is unseen, that better place around the bend.

That promise is our greatest inheritance. It's a promise I make to my daughters when I tuck them in at night and a promise that you make to yours, a promise that has led immigrants to cross oceans and pioneers to travel west, a promise that led workers to picket lines and women to reach for the ballot.


And it is that promise that, 45 years ago today, brought Americans from every corner of this land to stand together on a Mall in Washington, before Lincoln's Memorial, and hear a young preacher from Georgia speak of his dream.


The men and women who gathered there could've heard many things. They could've heard words of anger and discord. They could've been told to succumb to the fear and frustrations of so many dreams deferred.

But what the people heard instead -- people of every creed and color, from every walk of life -- is that, in America, our destiny is inextricably linked, that together our dreams can be one.

"We cannot walk alone," the preacher cried. "And as we walk, we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back."

America, we cannot turn back...


... not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.

America, we cannot turn back. We cannot walk alone.

At this moment, in this election, we must pledge once more to march into the future. Let us keep that promise, that American promise, and in the words of scripture hold firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Conversion of the Clintons

Have they become Obamnites?

Hey folks,

I just posted the transcript of the speech delivered at the DNC by Bill Clinton. Yesterday I posted Hillary's speech. Tonight? Well tonight is the Messiah's turn.

Now to many people's dismay, there were no big bombs dropped. No riots. Not attempts to steal the show from Obama. No folks, it was pretty much, much to do about nothing. In both of the Clinton speeches, they came right out and endorsed Obama. They started off with NO DOUBT that they we behind Obama. They fell in line like good little Liberals and followed the scripts.

Bill was right. He opened with this.

"Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. You all sit down. We've got to get on with the show here. Come on."

That is hat it was. Nothing more, nothing less. It was a show. Same old tired far Left Wing Loony Bunk. Same old tired lies and unsustainable promises. Nothing NEW. Nothing original. Just the Republicans hate you. They do not care about the poor, They are Racist, hatemongers, War mongers, Chauvinistic, Homophobes. The Democrats are pure as the wind driven snow, ETC. Hillary said this.

"America is still around after 232 years because we have risen to the challenge of every new time, changing to be faithful to our values of equal opportunity for all and the common good."

That is true. We have been around this long because we have REFUSED to change who we are. No matter what we faced, and continue to face today, America remains true to itself. We remain a country for the people BY the people. We have not changed who we are to cater to those that hate us. We have not lost our history or identity. We have always awarded right, and denounce wrong. We have always remained TRUE to our Constitution. We have had some bumps in this road, we have fixed them. We have and will face challenges, we will beat them. We are the greatest country in the world, because we are who we are.

The problem is this. YOU, Hillary, and your type, want to change that. YOU and Obama what us to become that of which people are losing their lives to get away from. YOU and Obama want to turn America into a Welfare, Socialistic country. Run by the few at the expense of the many.

Sorry, we are a country that we are because of Freedom. We have the freedom to peruse live, liberty, and happiness. We lean on each other in times of hardship, and we celebrate with each other in times of peace and prosperity. We come together as one. We are one. United we stand. We understand who we are. We know what we are. We all have the right to pursue the American Dream. You and Bill may have converted to Obamaism, but I and true Americans, those that love freedom, will not.

Sorry, you can build all the Greek temples for your Messiah you want. You can fall over at his sight. You can worship at the alter of Obamaism all you want. As from me and true Americans, we will continue to worship the true God, America, and what has made this country great.

Bill Clinton DNC Convention Speech

Transcript of The DNC Convention Speech Delivered By Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton: Thank you. Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen...


Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you. You all sit down. We've got to get on with the show here. Come on.


Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, I am honored to be here tonight.


Sit down.


Thank you. Thank you very much.


Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.


I am honored to be here tonight. Please, stop.

AUDIENCE: Bill! Bill! Bill!

Please stop. Sit down. Sit down. Thank you.

AUDIENCE: Bill! Bill! Bill!

Please sit. Please sit.

You know, I -- I love this, and I thank you, but we have important work to do tonight. I am here first to support Barack Obama.


And, second -- and, second, I'm here to warm up the crowd for Joe Biden...


... though, as you will soon see, he doesn't need any help from me.


I love Joe Biden, and America will, too.

What a year we Democrats have had. The primary began with an all-star line up. And it came down to two remarkable Americans locked in a hard-fought contest right to the very end. That campaign generated so much heat, it increased global warming.


Now, in the end, my candidate didn't win. But I'm really proud of the campaign she ran.


I am proud that she never quit on the people she stood up for, on the changes she pushed for, on the future she wanted for all our children. And I'm grateful for the chance Chelsea and I had to go all over America to tell people about the person we know and love.

Now, I am not so grateful for the chance to speak in the wake of Hillary's magnificent speech last night.


But I'll do the best I can.


Last night, Hillary told us in no uncertain terms that she is going to do everything she can to elect Barack Obama.


That makes two of us.


Actually, that makes 18 million of us...


... because, like Hillary, I want all of you who supported her to vote for Barack Obama in November.


And here's why. And I have the privilege of speaking here, thanks to you, from a perspective that no other American Democrat, except President Carter, can offer.

Our -- our nation is in trouble on two fronts. The American dream is under siege at home, and America's leadership in the world has been weakened. Middle-class and low-income Americans are hurting, with incomes declining, job losses, poverty, and inequality rising, mortgage foreclosures and credit card debt increasing, health care coverage disappearing, and a very big spike in the cost of food, utilities, and gasoline.

And our position in the world has been weakened by too much unilateralism and too little cooperation...


... by a perilous dependence on imported oil, by a refusal to lead on global warming, by a growing indebtedness and a dependence on foreign lenders, by a severely burdened military, by a backsliding on global nonproliferation and arms control agreements, and by a failure to consistently use the power of diplomacy, from the Middle East to Africa to Latin America to Central and Eastern Europe.


Clearly, the job of the next president is to rebuild the American dream and to restore American leadership in the world.


And here's what I have to say about that. Everything I learned in my eight years as president, and in the work I have done since in America and across the globe, has convinced me that Barack Obama is the man for this job.


Now, he has a remarkable ability to inspire people, to raise our hopes and rally us to high purpose. He has the intelligence and curiosity every successful president needs. His policies on the economy, on taxes, on health care, on energy are far superior to the Republican alternatives.


He has shown -- he has shown a clear grasp of foreign policy and national security challenges and a firm commitment to rebuild our badly strained military.

His family heritage and his life experiences have given him a unique capacity to lead our increasingly diverse nation in an ever more interdependent world.


The long, hard primary tested and strengthened him. And in his first presidential decision, the selection of a running mate, he hit it out of the park.


With Joe Biden's experience and wisdom, supporting Barack Obama's proven understanding, instincts, and insight, America will have the national security leadership we need.

And so, my fellow Democrats, I say to you: Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.


Barack Obama is ready to honor the oath, to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.


Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.

(APPLAUSE) As president, he will work for an America with more partners and fewer adversaries. He will rebuild our frayed alliances and revitalize the international institutions which helped to share the cost of the world's problems and to leverage the power of our influence.

He will put us back in the forefront of the world's fight against global warming and the fight to reduce nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.


He will continue and enhance our nation's commendable global leadership in an area in which I am deeply involved: the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, including -- including -- and this is very important -- a renewal of the battle against HIV and AIDS here at home.


A President Obama will choose diplomacy first and military force as a last resort.


But, in a world troubled by terror, by trafficking in weapons, drugs and people, by human rights abuses of the most awful kind, by other threats to our security, our interests, and our values, when he cannot convert adversaries into partners, he will stand up to them.


Barack Obama also will not allow the world's problems to obscure its opportunities.

CLINTON: Everywhere, in rich and poor countries alike, hard- working people need good jobs, secure, affordable health care, food and energy, quality education for their children and economically beneficial ways to fight global warming.

These challenges cry out for American ideas and American innovation. When Barack Obama unleashes them, America will save lives, win new allies, open new markets, and create wonderful new jobs for our own people.


Most important of all, Barack Obama knows that America cannot be strong abroad unless we are first strong at home.


People the world over have always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power.




Look at the example the Republicans have set.


In this decade, American workers have consistently given us rising productivity. That means, year after year, they work harder and produce more.

Now, what did they get in return? Declining wages, less than one-fourth as many new jobs as in the previous eight years, smaller health care and pension benefits, rising poverty, and the biggest increase in income inequality since the 1920s.


American families by the millions are struggling with soaring health care costs and declining coverage.

I will never forget the parents of children with autism and other serious conditions who told me on the campaign trail that they couldn't afford health care and couldn't qualify their children for Medicaid unless they quit work and starved or got a divorce.

Are these the family values the Republicans are so proud of?

What about the military families pushed to the breaking point by multiple, multiple deployments? What about the assault on science and the defense of torture? What about the war on unions and the unlimited favors for the well-connected?


And what about Katrina and cronyism?


My fellow Democrats, America can do better than that.


And Barack Obama will do better than that.


Wait a minute. But first...

AUDIENCE: Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can! Yes, we can!

CLINTON: Yes, he can, but, first, we have to elect him.


The choice is clear. The Republicans in a few days will nominate a good man who has served our country heroically and who suffered terribly in a Vietnamese prison camp. He loves his country every bit as much as we do. As a senator, he has shown his independence of right-wing orthodoxy on some very important issues.

But on the two great questions of this election -- how to rebuild the American dream and how to restore America's leadership in the world -- he still embraces the extreme philosophy that has defined his party for more than 25 years.


And it is, to be fair to all the Americans who aren't as hard- core Democrats as we, it's a philosophy the American people never actually had a chance to see in action fully until 2001, when the Republicans finally gained control of both the White House and the Congress.

Then we saw what would happen to America if the policies they had talked about for decades actually were implemented. And look what happened.

They took us from record surpluses to an exploding debt; from over 22 million new jobs to just 5 million; from increasing working families' incomes to nearly $7,500 a year to a decline of more than $2,000 a year; from almost 8 million Americans lifted out of poverty to more than 5.5 million driven into poverty; and millions more losing their health insurance.

Now, in spite of all this evidence, their candidate is actually promising more of the same.


Think about it: more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans that will swell the deficit, increase inequality, and weaken the economy; more Band-Aids for health care that will enrich insurance companies, impoverish families, and increase the number of uninsured; more going it alone in the world, instead of building the shared responsibilities and shared opportunities necessary to advance our security and restore our influence.

They actually want us to reward them for the last eight years by giving them four more.


CLINTON: Now, let's send them a message that will echo from the Rockies all across America, a simple message: Thanks, but no thanks.

In this case...


In this case, the third time is not the charm.


My fellow Democrats, 16 years ago, you gave me the profound honor to lead our party to victory and to lead our nation to a new era of peace and broadly shared prosperity.

Together, we prevailed in a hard campaign in which Republicans said I was too young and too inexperienced to be commander-in-chief.


Sound familiar?


CLINTON: It didn't work in 1992, because we were on the right side of history. And it will not work in 2008, because Barack Obama is on the right side of history.


Now, Senator Obama's life is a 21st-century incarnation of the old-fashioned American dream. His achievements are proof of our continuing progress toward the more perfect union of our founders' dreams. The values of freedom and equal opportunity, which have given him his historic chance, will drive him as president to give all Americans -- regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability -- their chance to build a decent life and to show our humanity, as well as our strengths, to the world.

We see that humanity, that strength, and our nation's future in Barack and Michelle Obama and their beautiful children.

We see them reinforced by the partnership with Joe Biden, his fabulous wife, Jill, a wonderful teacher, and their family.

Barack Obama will lead us away from the division and fear of the last eight years back to unity and hope.

So if, like me, you believe America must always be a place called Hope, then join Hillary and Chelsea and me in making Barack Obama the next president of the United States.

Thank you, and God bless you. Thank you.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hillary Clinton DNC Speech

Text of the speech given by Hillary Clinton at the DNC

Hillary Clinton: "I am honored to be here tonight. A proud mother. A proud Democrat. A proud American. And a proud supporter of Barack Obama.

My friends, it is time to take back the country we love.

Whether you voted for me, or voted for Barack, the time is now to unite as a single party with a single purpose. We are on the same team, and none of us can sit on the sidelines.

This is a fight for the future. And it's a fight we must win.

I haven't spent the past 35 years in the trenches advocating for children, campaigning for universal health care, helping parents balance work and family, and fighting for women's rights at home and around the world . . . to see another Republican in the White House squander the promise of our country and the hopes of our people.

And you haven't worked so hard over the last 18 months, or endured the last eight years, to suffer through more failed leadership.

No way. No how. No McCain.

Barack Obama is my candidate. And he must be our President.

Tonight we need to remember what a Presidential election is really about. When the polls have closed, and the ads are finally off the air, it comes down to you -- the American people, your lives, and your children's futures.

For me, it's been a privilege to meet you in your homes, your workplaces, and your communities. Your stories reminded me everyday that America's greatness is bound up in the lives of the American people -- your hard work, your devotion to duty, your love for your children, and your determination to keep going, often in the face of enormous obstacles.

You taught me so much, you made me laugh, and . . . you even made me cry. You allowed me to become part of your lives. And you became part of mine.

I will always remember the single mom who had adopted two kids with autism, didn't have health insurance and discovered she had cancer. But she greeted me with her bald head painted with my name on it and asked me to fight for health care.

I will always remember the young man in a Marine Corps t-shirt who waited months for medical care and said to me: "Take care of my buddies; a lot of them are still over there.and then will you please help take care of me?"

I will always remember the boy who told me his mom worked for the minimum wage and that her employer had cut her hours. He said he just didn't know what his family was going to do.

I will always be grateful to everyone from all fifty states, Puerto Rico and the territories, who joined our campaign on behalf of all those people left out and left behind by the Bush Administrtation.

To my supporters, my champions -- my sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits from the bottom of my heart: Thank you.

You never gave in. You never gave up. And together we made history.

Along the way, America lost two great Democratic champions who would have been here with us tonight. One of our finest young leaders, Arkansas Democratic Party Chair, Bill Gwatney, who believed with all his heart that America and the South could be and should be Democratic from top to bottom.

And Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, a dear friend to many of us, a loving mother and courageous leader who never gave up her quest to make America fairer and smarter, stronger and better. Steadfast in her beliefs, a fighter of uncommon grace, she was an inspiration to me and to us all.

Our heart goes out to Stephanie's son, Mervyn, Jr, and Bill's wife, Rebecca, who traveled to Denver to join us at our convention.

Bill and Stephanie knew that after eight years of George Bush, people are hurting at home, and our standing has eroded around the world. We have a lot of work ahead.

Jobs lost, houses gone, falling wages, rising prices. The Supreme Court in a right-wing headlock and our government in partisan gridlock. The biggest deficit in our nation's history. Money borrowed from the Chinese to buy oil from the Saudis.

Putin and Georgia, Iraq and Iran.

I ran for President to renew the promise of America. To rebuild the middle class and sustain the American Dream, to provide the opportunity to work hard and have that work rewarded, to save for college, a home and retirement, to afford the gas and groceries and still have a little left over each month.

To promote a clean energy economy that will create millions of green collar jobs.

To create a health care system that is universal, high quality, and affordable so that parents no longer have to choose between care for themselves or their children or be stuck in dead end jobs simply to keep their insurance.

To create a world class education system and make college affordable again.

To fight for an America defined by deep and meaningful equality - from civil rights to labor rights, from women's rights to gay rights, from ending discrimination to promoting unionization to providing help for the most important job there is: caring for our families. To help every child live up to his or her God-given potential.

To make America once again a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws.

To bring fiscal sanity back to Washington and make our government an instrument of the public good, not of private plunder.

To restore America's standing in the world, to end the war in Iraq, bring our troops home and honor their service by caring for our veterans.

And to join with our allies to confront our shared challenges, from poverty and genocide to terrorism and global warming.

Most of all, I ran to stand up for all those who have been invisible to their government for eight long years.

Those are the reasons I ran for President. Those are the reasons I support Barack Obama. And those are the reasons you should too.

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?

We need leaders once again who can tap into that special blend of American confidence and optimism that has enabled generations before us to meet our toughest challenges. Leaders who can help us show ourselves and the world that with our ingenuity, creativity, and innovative spirit, there are no limits to what is possible in America.

This won't be easy. Progress never is. But it will be impossible if we don't fight to put a Democrat in the White House.

We need to elect Barack Obama because we need a President who understands that America can't compete in a global economy by padding the pockets of energy speculators, while ignoring the workers whose jobs have been shipped overseas. We need a President who understands that we can't solve the problems of global warming by giving windfall profits to the oil companies while ignoring opportunities to invest in new technologies that will build a green economy.

We need a President who understands that the genius of America has always depended on the strength and vitality of the middle class.

Barack Obama began his career fighting for workers displaced by the global economy. He built his campaign on a fundamental belief that change in this country must start from the ground up, not the top down. He knows government must be about "We the people" not "We the favored few."

And when Barack Obama is in the White House, he'll revitalize our economy, defend the working people of America, and meet the global challenges of our time. Democrats know how to do this. As I recall, President Clinton and the Democrats did it before. And President Obama and the Democrats will do it again.

He'll transform our energy agenda by creating millions of green jobs and building a new, clean energy future. He'll make sure that middle class families get the tax relief they deserve. And I can't wait to watch Barack Obama sign a health care plan into law that covers every single American.

Barack Obama will end the war in Iraq responsibly and bring our troops home a first step to repairing our alliances around the world.

And he will have with him a terrific partner in Michelle Obama. Anyone who saw Michelle's speech last night knows she will be a great First Lady for America.

Americans are also fortunate that Joe Biden will be at Barack Obama's side. He is a strong leader and a good man. He understands both the economic stresses here at home and the strategic challenges abroad. He is pragmatic, tough, and wise. And, of course, Joe will be supported by his wonderful wife, Jill.

They will be a great team for our country.

Now, John McCain is my colleague and my friend.

He has served our country with honor and courage.

But we don't need four more years . . . of the last eight years.

More economic stagnation and less affordable health care.

More high gas prices and less alternative energy.

More jobs getting shipped overseas and fewer jobs created here.

More skyrocketing debt ...home foreclosures and mounting bills that are crushing our middle class families.

More war . . . less diplomacy.

More of a government where the privileged come first and everyone else comes last.

John McCain says the economy is fundamentally sound. John McCain doesn't think that 47 million people without health insurance is a crisis. John McCain wants to privatize Social Security. And in 2008, he still thinks it's okay when women don't earn equal pay for equal work.

With an agenda like that, it makes sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together next week in the Twin Cities. Because these days they're awfully hard to tell apart.

America is still around after 232 years because we have risen to the challenge of every new time, changing to be faithful to our values of equal opportunity for all and the common good.

And I know what that can mean for every man, woman, and child in America. I'm a United States Senator because in 1848 a group of courageous women and a few brave men gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, many traveling for days and nights, to participate in the first convention on women's rights in our history.

And so dawned a struggle for the right to vote that would last 72 years, handed down by mother to daughter to granddaughter and a few sons and grandsons along the way.

These women and men looked into their daughters' eyes, imagined a fairer and freer world, and found the strength to fight. To rally and picket. To endure ridicule and harassment. To brave violence and jail.

And after so many decades 88 years ago on this very day the 19th amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote would be forever enshrined in our Constitution.

My mother was born before women could vote. But in this election my daughter got to vote for her mother for President.

This is the story of America. Of women and men who defy the odds and never give up.

How do we give this country back to them?

By following the example of a brave New Yorker , a woman who risked her life to shepherd slaves along the Underground Railroad.

And on that path to freedom, Harriett Tubman had one piece of advice.

If you hear the dogs, keep going.

If you see the torches in the woods, keep going.

If they're shouting after you, keep going.

Don't ever stop. Keep going.

If you want a taste of freedom, keep going.

Even in the darkest of moments, ordinary Americans have found the faith to keep going.

I've seen it in you. I've seen it in our teachers and firefighters, nurses and police officers, small business owners and union workers, the men and women of our military you always keep going.

We are Americans. We're not big on quitting.

But remember, before we can keep going, we have to get going by electing Barack Obama president.

We don't have a moment to lose or a vote to spare.

Nothing less than the fate of our nation and the future of our children hang in the balance.

I want you to think about your children and grandchildren come election day. And think about the choices your parents and grandparents made that had such a big impact on your life and on the life of our nation.

We've got to ensure that the choice we make in this election honors the sacrifices of all who came before us, and will fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope.

That is our duty, to build that bright future, and to teach our children that in America there is no chasm too deep, no barrier too great and no ceiling too high for all who work hard, never back down, always keep going, have faith in God, in our country, and in each other.

Thank you so much. God bless America and Godspeed to you all."