Archive for October, 2008

BREAKING: DOJ will not challenge questionable OH ballots

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 30th, 2008

Well, it looks like that park benches are not only really affordable housing, but have now been given the seal of approval by the DOJ as an official voting residence…

From The Columbus Disptach (hat tip: HotAir)

Feds won’t make Brunner reveal voter mismatches

The U.S. Justice Department is not expected to intervene before Tuesday’s election in a dispute about verifying new voter registrations in Ohio, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said today.

“That is our clear understanding,” Brunner said a press conference to discuss preparations for the election.

House Minority Leader John Boehner had asked the Justice Department and President Bush to seek an order to force Brunner to release details about discrepancies in registrations, arguing it’s necessary to weed out any fraud.

At issue is what should be done with the “mismatches” that occur when the names and other information provided by newly registered voters are checked by computer against state motor vehicle and federal Social Security records.

The Ohio Republican Party had sued unsuccessfully to force Brunner, a Democrat, to give counties lists of voters with mismatches to investigate, but Brunner said that’s not possible because the state’s voter registration database was not constructed properly by outside contractors.

In fact, Brunner said the current database, which she inherited from Republican predecessor J. Kenneth Blackwell, was not designed to allow searches for mismatches and likely will be “scrapped” after the election and rebuilt.

Typical behavior from this crook of a Sec. of State. Pass the blame and the buck, instead of doing the job that she is charged with, which it to make sure that the voting process in her state is conducted with integrity. Kind of hard to so that when better than 25% of the received ballots are as questionable as the Detroit Lions winning a game against a Division III school.

A shame for the Obama campaign that this early voting (read: up-with-the-chickens ballot stuffing) is not trending too well for him. A McCain blowout is now just about inevitable, in spite of ACORN’s best efforts. Especially in states like Ohio.


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Obama Speechwriter Switches Sides

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 29th, 2008

A great piece from a now former Obama speechwriter detailing why she left the campaign and will now vote for McCain/Palin.

What is that sound I hear? Oh yeah. Crickets.

A portion from NewsBusters.org:

Obama Speechwriter Switches to McCain; Ignored by MSM
By P.J. Gladnick

Imagine if a speechwriter for John McCain had switched sides and announced she was going to vote for Barack Obama. Would she not be featured bigtime in the mainstream media complete with new thrills running up Chris Matthews leg? Well, this did happen except that it was an Obama speechwriter, Wendy Button, who became disillusioned with The One and switched to supporting McCain. Here are the highlights of Wendy Button’s explanation of why she made the switch:

When we first met, Obama and I had a nice conversation about speeches and writing, and at the end of the meeting I handed him a pocket-sized bottle of Grey Poupon mustard so he wouldn’t have to ask staff if it was okay to put it on his hamburger. At the bottom of the bottle was the logo for “The South Beach Diet” and he snapped, “Oh so you read People magazine.” He seemed to think that I was commenting on his bathing suit picture.

I helped with his announcement speech and others. I worked in the Senate when he was in D.C. One day after a hearing on Darfur, we were walking back to the office. I was still hobbling from a very bad ankle injury and in a very kind and gentle way he offered his arm when we approached the stairs. But later in debate preps and phone conversations and meetings, I realized that I had made a mistake. I didn’t belong. No matter how hard I tried, my heart wasn’t in it anymore.

…The final straw came the other week when Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher (a.k.a Joe the Plumber) asked a question about higher taxes for small businesses. Instead of celebrating his aspirations, they were mocked. He wasn’t “a real plumber,” and “They’re fighting for Joe the Hedge-Fund manager,” and the patronizing, “I’ve got nothing but love for Joe the Plumber.”

Having worked in politics, I know that absolutely none of this is on the level. This back and forth is posturing, a charade, and a political game. These lines are what I refer to as “hooker lines”—a sure thing to get applause and the press to scribble as if they’re reporting meaningful news.

Just one more hole in this Titanic of a campaign…


Filed Under: Election 2008

The L.A. Times Tape: The Stake in the Obama Campaign’s Heart?

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 29th, 2008

Of course there has been a lot of buzz about the

http://hillbuzz.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/punch-number-two-is-coming-get-ready-to-say-great-merciful-zeus/


Filed Under: Election 2008, Media

Polls: Follow the Bouncing Ball

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 29th, 2008

With the polls “tightening”, now is a good a time as any to go back to school and get a refresher course in statistics. Especially statistics generated by those held as the Holy Grail in Obamedia.

Pollsters.

Iowahawk has a great piece on polling in general and sampling in particular. Using balls of red and blue in color, he put together an equation that at first looks like it belongs on a Professor’s chalkboard, but is eventually dumbed down to the point that even Hairsprayed and Teleprompted News Anchors can understand it.

New Math meet New Polling. (H/T to Michelle for link)


Filed Under: Election 2008

An appeal to “Undecided” “likely” voters….

Posted by Talismen | October 27th, 2008

With one week until the 2008 Presidential Election, nearly all of the credible polls are listing “undecided” voters as 10% or more. With that in mind, I wish to talk one-on-one with any/all “undecided” voters who might stumble upon this post.

First of all – thank you for taking the time to read this. I’ll try to be short and to the point, as I know your time is valuable.

In the interest of full disclosure: I am a conservative. Right now, my party affiliation is Republican, although I must confess that I haven’t been too happy with the party leadership for at least the past 4 years. That doesn’t automatically mean “I hate Bush”. It simply means that I believe the party has had better leadership, and better leadership-examples in the past. Don’t get me wrong,…I’m not an extreme-right person…never have been, never will be. I am a “federalist” by choice, with a small percentage of Libertarian within, as well. I am not a “social conservative” by definition, but am pro-life (and only favor the choice of abortion in very limited circumstances, but in all cases, it is a states-rights issue, not a federal government issue), pro-2nd amendment, pro-individualism (you know how to take care of yourself better than government ever could), and against just about every form of federal government involvement/promotion of moral stances & issues.

I decide (according to my own beliefs) what I believe to be moral, and what is not, and I use that information to help me decide who I’ll vote for.

With that full disclosure in mind, let me tell you a bit about John McCain…who I’ll admit wasn’t my 1st choice during the primary season (Fred Thompson was):

First off, you may have heard the Obama campaign suggest that John McCain is just like George W Bush. Well, I can tell you he’s not. Now, you can certainly choose to not believe that simple statement, but, let’s look at a few relevant facts:

1. John McCain opposed the pre-”surge” strategy in Iraq. President Bush approved of it and promoted it, until it was obvious it wasn’t going to work (despite the continued excellent work our troops were doing). John McCain was one of the first to push the idea of the “surge”, and as we all know now, it HAS worked. In the end, this showed me that John McCain isn’t afraid to admit when something isn’t working, and something else needs to be tried. That tells me just a bit about his character.

2. John McCain opposes torture of any kind. President Bush (and many within his administration) do not believe that the tactics used by our special forces, intel agents (and the like) are in fact “torture” by definition. But, John McCain has a very unique perspective on what torture is….because he went through it, as he spent over 5 years in Hanoi as a POW. Although I may not totally agree with him about this issue, I DO admire his stance, because it comes from direct experience. He’s lived it…he knows. This, again, tells me a little bit about his character.

3. John McCain has opposed much of President George W Bush’s spending increases throughout 2 terms in the oval office. On some bills, McCain HAD to vote “FOR” passage, since spending for the troops was tied in with the bill. But, McCain strongly opposes “pork” – - all those needless thousands, millions (and sometimes billions) in spending that are routinely asked for and given, at taxpayer expense, for projects “back home” in congressional districts, in order to buy votes. If John McCain becomes our President, he will work to get “pork” out of our fiscal “diet”. His record proves he’ll do this, as he has never taken or asked for “pork”, in all of his time on capital hill. His record proves it.

Those are just a few of the ways John McCain is NOT like George W Bush.

Next, you’ve probably also witnessed what has been happening with congress (both houses) over the past two years, under the leadership of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, along with a democrat majority. Pelosi and Ried told the country that their congress would be the “most ethical congress in history”. I’ll let you decide on that one, but what I can tell you for a fact, is that this congress (under their leadership) has the lowest approval rating of congress….IN HISTORY. In spite of the few “yellow-dog dems” who have been whipped-on by the dem leadership for daring to vote their conscience instead of along party lines, and in spite of a good number of non-RINO conservatives who work very hard at holding the line on spending and promoting other conservative ideas….this congress (under the Pelosi/Reid leadership) has failed to gain the trust of the American people. Hence the lowest approval rating in history. With Barack Obama in the White House, the current congressional leadership and dem majority would have complete one-sided control over your laws…your money…your country. And if you’re not impressed with the current state of how things look with Pelosi/Reid (and dem majority) at the helm in congress, you might want to consider what it may look like with a super majority Pelosi/Reid/Obama at the helm.

When you hear the news about Obama being in favor of a “redistribution of wealth”, you should ask yourself this:
“Am I o.k. with someone taking my hard earned money, that I’ve worked so hard to get, in order to help myself and my family? Am I in favor of someone telling me that the more I earn, the more they’ll tax me? Should I worry that Barack Obama thinks I should hand over my money, happily, so he can do with it as he sees fit? Will Barack Obama do what Bill Clinton did, suggesting he will only raise taxes on “the rich”, but then quietly raise my taxes as well, even though I don’t consider myself to be financially rich?”

Lastly….the “race” issue has been brought up, seemingly every 5 minutes, during this long campaign. We were all told that Barack Obama was “beyond” racial division. We were told that he would “bridge the gap” of racial divide in this country…That he was the type of person who didn’t see “color” when he looked at the world.

Do you believe that now? Honestly ask yourself that.
You may want to read this, and listen to this, and then form your own opinion.

What I find most troubling, is that every time someone questions Obama’s stance or policies, the inevitable charge of “you must be racist” comes up, either by someone in his own campaign, or by someone who is considered a “campaign surrogate” or well-known supporter, such as Congressman John Lewis, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Father Pfleger, Lewis Farrakhan, or many in the mainstream press itself, such as just recently in Newsweek.

Again…I thought Barack Obama was “above” racial division?
Why would he NOT make a plea to all his supporters to not engage in such talk and behavior?

Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you question Obama’s policies or stances?
Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you’re still “undecided”?
Aren’t YOU tired of hearing insinuations that YOU are racist, because you may have originally favored one of the other dem candidates?

Aren’t YOU tired of it all, when it comes to this issue? Are you as confused as I was, when the candidate who was supposed to be “above racial division”, has, for the most part, remained silent and hasn’t strongly and loudly lambasted all suggestions of racism, as promoted by members of his own campaign and his well-known supporters and surrogates?

Do you fear being called a “racist”? Should you?
Because from what I’ve seen so far…THAT is exactly what some in the Obama campaign want you to believe, and they are attempting to use that against those who are still “undecided”, and those who have already said they would not vote for Obama.

In the end…I would ask that you:

1. Vote (Your right to vote is precious, and is still defended, to this very day.)
2. Consider your choice carefully…your vote will impact many, including your family…for potentially decades to come.

If you’d like to do further research, please feel free to visit my forum, and investigate the numerous threads and posts within the “Politics – The ’08 Race” forum. Also do a complete review of Nos’s many articles posted on this very blog. Nos knows his stuff!

Yes, my forum also has many threads and posts dealing with the Ayers issue, the “redistribution of your income” issue, and many other hot-button issues that have surfaced in these past few months.

Thank you for your time.
Sincerely,
Talismen – A McCain/Palin supporter


Filed Under: Election 2008

As a followup…

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 25th, 2008

to Talismen’s post yesterday


Bailout’s Belt Busting

Posted by NosferatusCoffin | October 25th, 2008

Ok, who didn’t see this coming?

I myself am currently paying off all of my credit card debt in chunks, so as to keep my nose clean, my bank account from being killed by 30%+ interest rates and to keep some money in the account when the upcoming tsunami of debt ends up vacuuming up our wallet’s contents faster than an Oreck cleaner.

At this point, it seems the only stable, safe and sound investment is gold. As they like to say in their ads, “It’s never been worth a zero”. Well, for now anyway. There is always a first time, once you get politicians involved.

U.S. Mulls Widening Bailout to Insurers – (Hat Tip: Michelle Malkin)

The Treasury Department is considering buying equity stakes in insurance companies, a sign of how the government’s $700 billion rescue program could turn into a piggy bank for a range of beleaguered industries.

The availability of U.S. government cash in the middle of a global credit squeeze is drawing requests from insurance firms, auto makers, state governments and transit agencies. While Treasury intended for the program to apply broadly, the growing requests could put a strain on the $700 billion, a sum that only last month stunned lawmakers.

MetLife Inc. and Prudential Financial Inc., two of the nation’s largest publicly traded life insurers, and New York Life Insurance Co., one of the highest rated insurers in the U.S., are interested in exploring a sale of equity stakes to the government, according to people familiar with the matter.

Broad participation in the rescue program would put more power in the hands of government to reshape the finance industry. On Friday, PNC Financial Services Group Inc., said Treasury would buy $7.7 billion of preferred stock and warrants. The cash injection will help the bank purchase struggling National City Corp., a move pushed by federal regulators. (Please see related article.)

In September, the government extended an $85 billion rescue loan to giant insurer American International Group Inc. in exchange for an 80% stake.

I am just waiting for the Flower Arranging and Shoeshine lobbies to be next in line for their piece of the bailout. It has gotten that ridiculous.


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