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Published in: on November 3, 2008 at 7:57 am  Comments (4)  

Opie for Obama!

Call to Action by Ron Howard

Published in: on October 28, 2008 at 6:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Congressman Rebukes McCain for Recent Rallies

WASHINGTON — Representative John Lewis, the Georgia Democrat and civil rights leader, said Saturday that Senator John McCain and his running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin, were “sowing the seeds of hatred and division” in a way that reminded him of former Gov. George Wallace and “another destructive period” in the nation’s history.

John Lewis: McCain, Palin “sowing seeds of hatred and division”

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 9:45 am  Comments (1)  

Frank Rich’s “The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama”

IF you think way back to the start of this marathon campaign, back when it seemed preposterous that any black man could be a serious presidential contender, then you remember the biggest fear about Barack Obama: a crazy person might take a shot at him.

Some voters told reporters that they didn’t want Obama to run, let alone win, should his very presence unleash the demons who have stalked America from Lincoln to King. After consultation with Congress, Michael Chertoff, the homeland security secretary, gave Obama a Secret Service detail earlier than any presidential candidate in our history — in May 2007, some eight months before the first Democratic primaries.

“I’ve got the best protection in the world, so stop worrying,” Obama reassured his supporters. Eventually the country got conditioned to his appearing in large arenas without incident (though I confess that the first loud burst of fireworks at the end of his convention stadium speech gave me a start). In America, nothing does succeed like success. The fear receded.

Until now. At McCain-Palin rallies, the raucous and insistent cries of “Treason!” and “Terrorist!” and “Kill him!” and “Off with his head!” as well as the uninhibited slinging of racial epithets, are actually something new in a campaign that has seen almost every conceivable twist. They are alarms. Doing nothing is not an option.

Published in: on October 12, 2008 at 9:40 am  Comments (1)  

It’s Palin doing the pallin’ around with terrorists

Countdown’s Keith Olbermann points out in a Special Comment that while John McCain might want to use Sarah Palin to hit Barack Obama below the belt and accuse him of terrorist associations, he overlooked the unfortunate fact that “pallin’ around with terrorists” is one area where Palin has more experience.

Make-Believe Maverick

A closer look at the life and career of John McCain reveals a disturbing record of recklessness and dishonesty

 

VIDEO: Five Myths About John McCain
The Double-Talk Express
Mad Dog Palin: The Full Story

Published in: on October 6, 2008 at 7:04 am  Comments (7)  

Fewer Folks Taking Palin Seriously

Debate Didn’t Restore Misplaced Luster

Published in: on October 5, 2008 at 9:59 am  Comments (1)  

Maverick, my ass

No Reformer -- Read the Report

Read the Report

Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 8:18 am  Comments (1)  

Show Your Support for a Responsible Economic Recovery Plan

We are facing a financial crisis as profound as any we have faced since the Great Depression.

Congress and the President are currently debating a bailout of our financial institutions with a price tag of $700 billion in taxpayer dollars. We cannot underestimate our responsibility in taking such an enormous step.

Please sign on to show your support for an economic recovery plan based on these guiding principles:

  • No Golden Parachutes — Taxpayer dollars should not be used to reward the irresponsible Wall Street executives who helmed this disaster.
  • Main Street, Not Just Wall Street — Any bailout plan must include a payback strategy for taxpayers who are footing the bill and aid to innocent homeowners who are facing foreclosure.
  • Bipartisan Oversight — The staggering amount of taxpayer money involved demands a bipartisan board to ensure accountability and oversight.
Published in: on September 25, 2008 at 7:36 am  Comments (2)  

Want to help Obama win?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey-

Been looking for a direct way to help Obama win? You should know about Vote

Today Ohio.

 

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>It’s a simple, grassroots plan to take advantage of a new wrinkle in Ohio’s

election law. For one “Golden Week,” Sept 29 to Oct 6, any Ohio citizen can

walk into an early voting center, register, AND vote on the spot. During

that time, hundreds of Vote Today Ohio volunteers will blanket the state to

drive new voters from campuses and urban hot spots to Early Vote centers.

Simple, targeted, smart. (See below for a more complete explanation.)

If fully funded, we think we can bank 10,000 early votes for Obama in Ohio –

votes that can’t be lost to long lines, broken machines and Republican

tampering on election day. No, we won’t win the election by ourselves. But

Ohio is the #1 battleground state in 2008, and we can’t afford to let one

single Obama vote slip through our hands.

*If you want Obama to win as much as I do, you can do four things:*

*

*

*1. Lend us your car or home*. Our volunteers need wheels to drive voters to

the polls, and beds to sleep in all over Ohio. Can you spare either for the

week? If so, contact

 

cristina.moon@gmail.com.*

*

*2. Volunteer.* Get yourself to Ohio, preferably in a large car, by Sept 28.

We’ll give you housing, training and a meaningful job for the week. Fill out

the Online Sign-Up

Sheet,<

 

http://www.tatehausman.com/join-me-in-ohio-to-win-the-election/>hosted

(for now) on Tate’s blog.

*3. Donate*. Help us pay for vans, gas and posters. Our overhead is fully

funded, so donations go directly to producing votes. We’re looking for

generous individuals or teams of friends to *sponsor one van* — $750 for

the week. That’s a tangible, meaningful donation. If we run our program

right, each van should deliver about 250 voters. Make an online donation

here:

 

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio.<http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio>To

send a check, see the end of this email.

*4. Spread the word.* Send this email to friends who want to put their butts

on the line for Obama, especially in Ohio! Or, pass it along to donors

looking to make a big difference.

This is a truly grassroots effort. Every volunteer, every vehicle and every

dollar counts. Read up on the campaign below, and then please be in touch if

you have ideas about how to support us.

 

*VOTE TODAY OHIO*

How to Bank 10,000 Progressive Votes Early and Win in Ohio

Two years ago, Ohio changed its voting laws in a way that creates an

extraordinary opportunity for progressives to win Ohio, and thus the

election.

Vote Today Ohio will use this change to lock down 10,000 progressive votes

before election day — critical insurance against the kinds of GOP dirty

tricks and election day problems that affected our past two presidential

elections.

For a 7-day “Golden Week,” from Sept 30 – Oct 6, Ohio residents can walk

into an early voting center, register to vote, and vote on the spot. This

has never been possible before. Why does it matter? Because it takes what is

normally a two-step process (register, wait a month, THEN vote) and turns it

into a one-step process (register AND vote at the same time). For

progressive organizers, that creates a much more efficient way to bring new

voters into the process AND lock down their votes, before they can be

manipulated, stolen or lost.

During this new Golden Week, Vote Today Ohio aims to turn out 10,000

progressive voters from two kinds of locations — college campuses, and

urban gathering spots. The model is simple: teams of five organizers will

drive students / young people from campuses / urban centers to early

votingcenters. Organizers will use music and a party atmosphere to

draw in new

voters — instead of knock and drag, it’s rock and drag.

The Vote Today Ohio model is intentionally experimental. Ohio law has never

allowed progressives to run this kind of program before. So a large part of

the goal is to discover if Ohio’s rule change can be positively exploited

for electoral gain, and whether we can.

*TEAM*

Vote Today Ohio is led by a team of experienced political and youth

organizers:

Amy Little

Political consultant, 30 years experience directing electoral, issue and

civic engagement campaigns, National Field Director US Action (’04

cycle), Senior

Advisor to Congressman John Hall (current)

Billy Wimsatt

Former Executive Director of the League of Young Voters, best-selling

author, networking genius

Tate Hausman

Progressive organizer with a dozen years experience, four national electoral

campaigns, Director of 2004’s Slam Bush campaign

Cristina Moon

Executive Director of 8-8-08 For Burma, well known student organizer and

campus speaker

*THE PLAN IN MORE DETAIL*

• 20 Teams = 10,000 votes: Vote Today Ohio will recruit 12 teams of campus

organizers and 8 teams of urban organizers (for a total of 80 organizers).

Most teams will have 5 members — two drivers, two street team organizers,

one team leader. Each team will be responsible for delivering 500 votes for

the week (~72 / day). Total = 10,000 votes.

• Preparation: In the days leading up to early voting week, teams will

plaster their campuses / urban centers with materials about early voting

week. Team leaders will generate publicity in school newspapers, radio

stations, and via online campus channels, Facebook<

 

http://www.facebook.com/>,etc.

• Logistics: During early voting week, teams will set up vote ferry

stations, where students can get a ride to a polling station in a Vote Today

Ohio van. Two drivers will run continuous ferries to and from polling

stations.

• Training and GOTV: Each team will be instruct voters on Ohio new voting

rights, rules and regulations. Organizers and van drivers will be given

talking points and coached on how to recruit voters as Early Vote Volunteers

who can then turn out their social networks. Volunteers will also be

re-recruited for continuing persuasion and GOTV activities from Oct 6 – Nov

4.

• Non-van GOTV: Any voter who wants to register but can’t vote early will

have the opportunity to register and sign up for an absentee ballot.

Organizers will get mobile phone numbers from these voters to send follow-up

text messages (which proved in 2006 to be the single most cost effective

GOTV reminder tool, raising turnout by 4% versus a control group).

*Target Campuses:*

• Ohio State University (2 teams)

• Ohio University (2 Teams)

• University of Toledo (1 Team)

• University of Cincinnati (1 Team)

• Kent State (1 Team)

• University of Dayton (1 Team)

• Cuyahoga Community College (1 Team)

• Cleveland State (1 Team)

• Miami University of Ohio (1 Team)

• Bowling Green State (1 Team)

*Target Urban Areas:*

• Columbus (2 Teams)

• Cleveland (2 Teams)

• Cincinnati (2 Teams)

• Dayton (1 Team)

• Toledo (1 Team)

*SUPPORT*

To support this project, please visit our Act Blue page:

http://www.actblue.com/page/votetodayohio

 

Published in: on September 18, 2008 at 8:10 am  Comments (2)  

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Like Politics? Broadcast Your View for Only $6

Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 6:12 am  Leave a Comment  

Count the Lies

John McCain may be trying to sell himself as a “maverick” and a “straight talker” who will tell the truth no matter the consequences, but independent, non-partisan watchdog groups aren’t buying it. But, since he wrapped up his party’s nomination, John McCain has offered more of the same false attacks and smears. To date, independent, nonpartisan fact checkers have published more than 50 fact checks debunking John McCain’s lies and distortions.

Published in: on September 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

McCain’s Health Records Must Be Released

Watch the video

1. Watch the video
2. Sign the open letter

Dear Concerned Voter,

The state of John McCain’s health is an issue of grave concern for all Americans, regardless of political persuasion. Given the fact that he has been treated for an invasive melanoma and other maladies, it is important that he release his full health records.

For a very brief three hours in May, McCain released 1,173 pages of his medical records to a carefully selected group of reporters. They were not allowed to make any copies or phone calls. Why such secrecy?

We have enlisted a group of doctors from around the country to lead the effort to make sure the public is able to see and make judgments for themselves. Secrecy is not of service to our democracy, transparency is. Please have other doctors sign the open letter.

Watch the video and sign the open letter.

Cancer is a serious issue. That’s why 30 medical doctors have already signed our open letter telling McCain to issue a full, public disclosure of all his medical records. Send this video far and wide to request that McCain release his full health records. Ask every medical doctor you know to sign onto the letter, and don’t forget to sign the letter yourself! McCain’s records must be made public and soon.

While McCain doesn’t really care about our health care, we all should care about the health of McCain.

Yours,
Robert Greenwald
and everyone at Brave New Films

Published in: on September 15, 2008 at 8:16 am  Leave a Comment  

She’s Not Ready

While watching the Sarah Palin interview with Charlie Gibson Thursday night, and the coverage of the Palin phenomenon in general, I’ve gotten the scary feeling, for the first time in my life, that dimwittedness is not just on the march in the U.S., but that it might actually prevail.

by Bob Herbert

Published in: on September 14, 2008 at 11:44 am  Comments (1)  

Nasty Anti-Obama Push Poll Launched In Ohio

When I said that I was voting for Obama, they asked if I would be more or less likely to vote for Obama if I knew that he voted to let convicted child sex offenders out early, voted to allow convicted child sex offenders to live near schools, is for sex education in Kindergarten, voted for some offensive and incredibly graphic abortion procedure, and so on and so on for 5 minutes.

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

What’s your Obama tax cut?

…and how much higher will your taxes be under McCain? Find out!

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 9:09 am  Leave a Comment  

Sarah Palin’s Alaskonomics

Spare us, please, any talk about how she is a tough fiscal conservative.

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 9:08 am  Leave a Comment  
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Tell The Media to Call Sarah Palin a Serial Liar

Join me in signing the “Tell The Media to Call Sarah Palin a Serial Liar” petition at:
http://www.democrats.com/call-sarah-palin-a-serial-liar

You can help make this petition a success by sharing this petition with your friends and family. Petitions will succeed only by word of mouth, and every signature makes a difference! Simply send your friends this link:
http://www.democrats.com/call-sarah-palin-a-serial-liar?source=donkeyod%40gmail.com

Thank you again for making a difference!

Bob Fertik
Democrats.com

Published in: on September 11, 2008 at 6:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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Weird Theology in Wasilla: A Look Inside Sarah Palin’s Pentecostal Church

Exposing the unusual, highly politicized religious beliefs held at the Wasilla Assembly of God.

Published in: on September 8, 2008 at 10:38 am  Comments (1)  

Palin Coward Clock Starts Ticking

<a href=”http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/355765″&gt; Sarah Palin is an able liar, as her acceptance speech showed. </a>She may be a coward, too, at least when it comes to facing down the reporters she blasted from the comfort of that solitary podium in St. Paul.

Published in: on September 6, 2008 at 1:40 pm  Comments (6)  
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77+ Things To Know About Sarah Palin

Here’s what vetting a candidate on issues looks like John McCain and the Republican media that continues to protect the Republican Party.

Be aware that the media and Sarah spewer of hate Palin are going to try to falsely claim that liberal bloggers are attacking her children and that Palin is being attacked because of her gender. It’s a smear. Here are the issues and facts we are exposing about her. That’s much different.

via DailyKos

Published in: on September 5, 2008 at 12:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Is Sarah Palin’s Baby Really Her Daughter’s?

Curious

and Curiouser

and Curiouser
Does she look six or seven months pregnant?
7 months pregnant?

Published in: on August 31, 2008 at 9:57 am  Comments (8)  
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We Are The Ones

Published in: on August 28, 2008 at 7:55 am  Comments (4)  

Sen. Robert Byrd, one-time KKK member, backs Barack Obama

Byrd, as an outspoken foe of the Iraq war from the start, was attracted by Obama’s similar credential, as he mentions in his endorsement statement. But Byrd, having passed on active involvement in his state’s primary, could have remained neutral; the fact that he chose not to is more evidence that, in the view of most Democratic bigwigs, Clinton’s nomination hopes range from slim and none.

Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 9:27 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama tells Tenn.’s GOP: ‘Lay off my wife’

“The GOP, should I be the nominee, can say whatever they want to say about me, my track record,” Obama said. “If they think that they’re going to try to make Michelle an issue in this campaign, they should be careful because that I find unacceptable, the notion that you start attacking my wife or my family.”

Published in: on May 19, 2008 at 1:59 pm  Comments (1)  

Obama criticizes McCain, Bush on appeasement talk

“I’m a strong believer in civility and I’m a strong believer in a bipartisan foreign policy, but that cause is not served with dishonest, divisive attacks of the sort that we’ve seen out of George Bush and John McCain over the last couple days, ” Obama told about 2,000 voters at a town hall-style meeting in a livestock barn.

Obama said McCain had a “naive and irresponsible belief that tough talk from Washington will somehow cause Iran to give up its nuclear program and support for terrorism.”

Published in: on May 16, 2008 at 1:18 pm  Comments (1)  

Any full-blooded Americans around here?

I didn’t think so.

Read it and weep

By the way, didn’t we eradicate the full-blooded ‘Americans’ we met when we got here…?

…oh, and F@ck You, Kathleen Parker.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 10:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Clinton wins W.Va., but Obama still leads

Clinton’s lopsided W.Va. win may mean little 

Highly favorable demographics helped Hillary Rodham Clinton rack up one of her largest victory margins of the 2008 Democratic primary season in West Virginia. The exit polls recorded several demographic extremes among groups with a strong history of solidly backing Clinton

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  

John Edwards finally makes his choice: Barack Obama

His support was long sought by Obama — who wants to prove he can unite the Democratic Party — and Hillary Rodham Clinton, who vows to fight until the Montana and South Dakota contests are over.

Published in: on May 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Racist Incidents Give Some Obama Campaigners Pause

For all the hope and excitement Obama’s candidacy is generating, some of his field workers, phone-bank volunteers and campaign surrogates are encountering a raw racism and hostility that have gone largely unnoticed — and unreported — this election season. Doors have been slammed in their faces. They’ve been called racially derogatory names (including the white volunteers). And they’ve endured malicious rants and ugly stereotyping from people who can’t fathom that the senator from Illinois could become the first African American president.

Published in: on May 13, 2008 at 8:44 pm  Comments (1)  

SNL gets Hillary right… finally

Hillary Clinton, played by Amy Poehler, gave three reasons why she would be the strongest Dem candidate to take on John McCain.

1.) I am a sore loser.
2.) My supporters are racist.
3.) I have no ethical standards.

“So there you have it: Sore loser, racist supporters, no ethical standards — qualities Sen. Obama simply cannot match. That’s not an attack on my opponent. It’s just the truth. When you consider that, the choice is obvious.”

Via Keith Olbermann, video here.

Published in: on May 12, 2008 at 8:48 pm  Comments (1)  

Party Like It’s 2008

By FRANK RICH

ANOTHER weekly do-or-die primary battle, another round of wildly predicted “game changers” that collapsed in the locker room.

Hillary Clinton’s attempt to impersonate a Nascar-lovin’, gun-totin’, economist-bashin’ populist went bust: Asked which candidate most “shares your values,” voters in both North Carolina and Indiana exit polls opted instead for the elite and condescending arugula-eater. Bill Clinton’s small-town barnstorming tour, hailed as a revival of old-time Bubba bonhomie, proved to be yet another sabotage of his wife, whipping up false expectations for her disastrous showing in North Carolina. Barack Obama’s final, undercaffeinated debate performance, not to mention the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s attempted character assassination, failed to slow his inexorable path to the Democratic nomination.

Published in: on May 11, 2008 at 9:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Night the Old Politics Died

The old politics died on May 6, 2008, as the predictable and inevitable happened and the voters said no to business as usual.

The voters said no to the most phony and fraudulent proposal in memory for a gas tax cut that would never happen, that would profit the oil companies that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) falsely said she was fighting with it, that would do nothing for the people she falsely claimed she was helping with it.

Published in: on May 7, 2008 at 6:10 pm  Comments (1)  

McGovern, former Clinton backer, urges her to drop out

Former Sen. George McGovern, who backed Hillary Rodham Clinton, is urging her to drop out of the Democratic presidential race.

McGovern said Wednesday he has decided to endorse Barack Obama.

After watching the returns from the North Carolina and Indiana primaries Tuesday night, McGovern says it’s virtually impossible for Clinton to win the nomination.

McGovern says he is calling former President Clinton to tell him of the decision and adds that he remains close friends with the Clintons.

There’s something wrong with us.

Overkill and Short Shrift

BOB HERBERT

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is no doubt (and regrettably) a big issue in the presidential campaign. But what we’ve seen over the past week is major media overkill — Jeremiah Wright all day and all night. It’s like watching the clips of a car wreck again and again.

The Clintons and the ‘War on Obama’

Even before the first votes were cast, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had prepared guilt-by-association attack themes that would raise doubts about Barack Obama’s patriotism. After a halting beginning, this “War on Obama” has finally begun to click.

Published in: on May 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm  Comments (1)  

Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters Blasts Clinton, Backs Obama

The pig, which was led above the crowd from lines held on the ground, displayed the words “Don’t be led to the slaughter” and a cartoon of Uncle Sam wielding two bloody cleavers. The other side read “Fear builds walls.”

The underside of the pig simply read “Obama” with a checked ballot box alongside.

Former PINK FLOYD rocker ROGER WATERS is praying U.S. presidential hopeful HILLARY CLINTON doesn’t get into The White House – because he’s certain she’ll start a war with Iran.

Published in: on May 2, 2008 at 9:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Campaign Nonsense Du Jour


By Eugene Robinson

There’s something maddening about this presidential campaign.

Published in: on May 2, 2008 at 7:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Carter Speaks Out On Wright, Obama, McCain

Watch

Published in: on April 29, 2008 at 1:29 am  Leave a Comment  

How McCain Lost in Pennsylvania

27 percent of Republican primary voters didn’t just tell pollsters they would defect from their party’s standard-bearer; they went to the polls, gas prices be damned, to vote against Mr. McCain.

Published in: on April 27, 2008 at 12:06 am  Leave a Comment  

The Race That Wouldn’t Die

Fighting hard for the nomination is understandable, but fighting in such a way as to give the presidency to McCain is unforgivable.

Published in: on April 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm  Comments (1)  

The Low Road to Victory

It is past time for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to acknowledge that the negativity, for which she is mostly responsible, does nothing but harm to her, her opponent, her party and the 2008 election.

Published in: on April 23, 2008 at 12:01 am  Comments (1)  

Obama is better-equipped to lead country through change it craves


Still undecided?

By Chris Satullo

Philadelphia Inquirer Columnist

If you’re a Pennsylvania Democrat and today dawned with you still struggling, it could mean one of several things:

You could be one of those terminally indecisive people, for whom even ordering at Applebee’s becomes an hour-long agony.

More likely, it means you’re an earnest citizen who feels how momentous this choice is – but not a person who can resolve it through identity politics, the tug of “first woman” or “first black.”

Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 3:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Poll Shows Erosion Of Trust in Clinton

Washington Post: Majority Of Voters Now View N.Y. Senator As Dishonest

Published in: on April 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm  Comments (2)  

Clinton Portrays Herself as a Pro-Gun Churchgoer

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton managed to co-opt Mr. Obama’s message of hope and optimism

Published in: on April 13, 2008 at 4:17 pm  Comments (1)  

The Sad, True McCain Record on Veterans

McCain Refuses to Support Sen. Jim Webb’s and Chuck Hagel’s new GI Bill.

The bill, officially called the “Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2007”, would establish a program of educational assistance for members of the Armed Forces who serve in the Armed Forces after September 11, 2001.

Sen. Jim Webb has called on McCain to sign on as a co-sponsor to his GI bill

The bill has 51 co-sponsors – including 9 Republicans – but needs 60 co-sponsors to make it filibuster proof.

McCain Voted Against $19 Billion for Military Hospitals, Choosing Tax Cuts for Wealthiest Earners over Veterans.

In February 2006, McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided for at least $19 billion for military health facilities, paid for by eliminating tax cuts for the wealthiest earners.
*Senate Amendment 2735, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Legislation to Provide $2.8 Billion For Medical Care for Veterans.

McCain voted against a 2006 Democratic amendment that would have provided $2.8 billion to increase veterans’ medical care.
*Senate Amendment 149, Amendment failed.

McCain Voted Against Establishing $1 Billion Trust Fund to Provide Improvements to Military and Veterans’ Health Facilities

McCain voted against an Amendment to establish a $1 billion trust fund to provide improvements to health facilities that treat veterans and military personnel paid for by allowing dividends and capital gains tax breaks, for those with incomes greater than $1 million to lapse on December 31, 2006.
*Senate Amendment 2735

McCain Chooses Corporations Over Veterans, Voting Against Adding $1.5 billion to Veterans’ Medical Services in 2007 Budget by Closing Corporate Tax Loopholes.

McCain voted against an Amendment offered by Democrats to increase medical services funding to veterans by $1.5 billion in 2007, to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.
*Senate Amendment 3007

McCain Voted Against Mandatory Funding of $6.9 Billion in 2007 Budget and $104 Billion Over Five Years for Veterans’ Health Care.

McCain voted against a Democratic amendment to provide a mandatory stream of funding of $6.9 billion in Fiscal Year 2007 and $104 billion over five years for veterans’ health care; paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top tax rate for incomes over $1 million and closing various corporate tax loopholes.
Senate Amendment 3141

September 2007: McCain voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

The legislation would have provided minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
*Senate Amendment 2909

April 2006: McCain one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430 million for Medical Services for the Department of Veteran Affairs for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

Despite his vote against, it passed overwhelmingly, 84-13 (3 not voting). All 13 voting against were Republicans.
*Senate Amendment 3642

October 2003: McCain voted against an amendment offered by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322 million for safety equipment for troops in Iraq.
*Senate Amendment 1817

April 2003: McCain voted against an amendment that would have provided more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.
*Senate Amendment 452

August 2001: McCain voted against increasing the amount available for medical care for veterans by $650 million.
*Senate Amendment 1218

Published in: on April 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm  Comments (4)  

Senator Clinton Misled Press About Penn.

He’s Still Very Much a Part of the Campaign. It was a Cynical Ploy to Placate the Unions by Changing His Title, But Not Firing Him.Mr. Penn “is still going to be very much involved,” a senior campaign official said.

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm  Comments (1)  

The Democratic Party’s Fascinating Squalor

“In short, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-NY, is systematically delegitimizing the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee. I have never seen anything like it — and it is genuinely fascinating in all its paradoxical squalor.”

Published in: on April 7, 2008 at 11:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

10 things you should know about John McCain (but probably don’t):


1. John McCain voted against establishing a national holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Now he says his position has “evolved,” yet he’s continued to oppose key civil rights laws.1

2. According to Bloomberg News, McCain is more hawkish than Bush on Iraq, Russia and China. Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan says McCain “will make Cheney look like Gandhi.”2

3. His reputation is built on his opposition to torture, but McCain voted against a bill to ban waterboarding, and then applauded President Bush for vetoing that ban.3

4. McCain opposes a woman’s right to choose. He said, “I do not support Roe versus Wade. It should be overturned.”4

5. The Children’s Defense Fund rated McCain as the worst senator in Congress for children. He voted against the children’s health care bill last year, then defended Bush’s veto of the bill.5

6. He’s one of the richest people in a Senate filled with millionaires. The Associated Press reports he and his wife own at least eight homes! Yet McCain says the solution to the housing crisis is for people facing foreclosure to get a “second job” and skip their vacations.6

7. Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”7

8. McCain talks a lot about taking on special interests, but his campaign manager and top advisers are actually lobbyists. The government watchdog group Public Citizen says McCain has 59 lobbyists raising money for his campaign, more than any of the other presidential candidates.8

9. McCain has sought closer ties to the extreme religious right in recent years. The pastor McCain calls his “spiritual guide,” Rod Parsley, believes America’s founding mission is to destroy Islam, which he calls a “false religion.” McCain sought the political support of right-wing preacher John Hagee, who believes Hurricane Katrina was God’s punishment for gay rights and called the Catholic Church “the Antichrist” and a “false cult.”9

10. He positions himself as pro-environment, but he scored a 0—yes, zero—from the League of Conservation Voters last year.10 John McCain is not who the Washington press corps make him out to be.

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Carter hints at support for Obama

Former President Carter wouldn’t quite say it, but he left little doubt this week about who he’d like to see in the White House next year.

“My children and their spouses are pro-Obama. My grandchildren are also pro-Obama,” he said at a news conference, according to the Nigerian newspaper This Day. “As a superdelegate, I would not disclose who I am rooting for, but I leave you to make that guess.”

Published in: on April 5, 2008 at 2:27 am  Comments (1)