Thursday, July 31, 2008

More GOP Campaign Problems

> There are lots of questions surrounding Republican Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. People are wondering if she really is a resident of North Carolina. She and her husband have lived in Washington, DC continuously for decades. How often does she go to North Carolina in a non-election year? We all remember former Republican Senator Rick Santorum with his teeny weeny house outside of Pittsburgh and his massive mansion in Virginia. Has Dole become so arrogant like Santorum that she thinks she can spend more time out of North Carolina than in it? Is there a record of her time spent in North Carolina? Why isn't she going to the Republican convention? Why won't she debate her Democratic opponent, Kay Hagan?

> According to McClatchy, John McCain has spent nothing in Florida on advertising. Here is more from McClatchy:
For those still wondering whether Democrat Barack Obama will battle for Florida, consider this: He has spent more money on advertising in the state than in any other over the past two months, for a total of $5 million....
....The findings by the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project reflect Obama's rapid build-up in a state he once shunned because its primary broke national party rules. Since Obama wrapped up the Democratic nomination on June 3, his campaign has hired 200 people and opened 13 offices in Florida, with more to come....

Is the McCain campaign so arrogant that they think that Florida will go their way no matter what they do?

> Norm Coleman has been a huge cheerleader for George W. Bush. Are the people of Minnesota happy that Coleman has embraced Bush's failed policies? Does Coleman's "unconventional marriage" worry people in small towns in Minnesota?

> When will John McCain start talking about issues? Can he explain why he voted AGAINST the New GI Bill?
I invite you to read the testimonies of some of our military vets who support Barack Obama:

Women Should Worry About a President McCain

American woman have a lot to worry about if there is a President McCain. McCain has supported President Bush's abstinence program (we know what a failure that has been!). Here is a video to think about
(McCain Women's Clinic, Part #3):

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Out of Touch?

I just saw this article in the NY Times that says that McCain is trying to characterize Sen. Obama as "...out of touch...." Ok. Pick yourself up off the floor.

McCain is out of touch.
1) John McCain has continued to support the failed policies of the Bush administration.
2) McCain and his wife own 7 homes. That is elitist and out of the mainstream of middle America.
3) John McCain wears $520 Ferragamo shoes. (I'm wearing my $2 flip-flops from Old Navy!)
4) McCain is using the same dirty politics that the Bush campaign used on him.
5) John McCain wants to ration the medical care our military veterans receive.
6) He has only recently touched a computer and used the internet. This indicates that he knows absolutely nothing about technology and its influence in the world.
7) McCain doesn't want to talk about the economy because he doesn't understand it. (His BFF Phil Gramm thinks we're all whiners.)
8) McCain is an angry man who uses racist terms to refer to Asians.
9) McCain has told jokes about rape.
10) McCain wants to continue to keep our troops in Iraq for 100 years.

It is time to change the direction of our country. McCains's same old dirty politics won't make the world a better place for our children.

Look at His Shoes

1.) How can someone claim to be a regular guy when he wears $520 Ferragamo loafers? John McCain has spent the last week on his campaign wearing these expensive shoes. While McCain met with the Dalai Lama, he wore those $520 shoes. (His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, wore modest sandals.) Those same shoes took McCain to see George H.W. Bush, to the grocery store, in Columbus, Ohio, and many other places.

While you are going through the penny jar to come up with enough money to buy milk for your children, just remember McCain and his $520 don't care. (Someone should ask him how many pairs of those $520 shoes he owns!)

2.) What does McCain stand for in his campaign? He seems so concerned with attacking Sen. Obama, but we know very little about McCain's plans. I'd like to see a specific economic plan from McCain.

3.) Did you know that Mrs. Cindy McCain made $2-5 million in the recent sale of Budweiser? Must be nice.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Don't Miss This

I saw this at Democratic Underground and I just had to share it:
(You Tube)

McCain's Record

John McCain accused Barack Obama of refusing to visit the troops. However, Sen. Obama visited and talked with troops in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In a recent ad, McCain's campaign blurs the picture so that the viewer is unable to see Obama playing basketball with the troops.

What is McCain's record?
Here is a partial list of McCain votes that call into question his support for troops (Washington Post):

9/21/07--McCain Voted NO---Vote 346: H R 1585: Levin Amdt. No. 2898; To provide for a reduction and transition of United States forces in Iraq.

9/20/07--McCain Voted NO--Vote 345: H R 1585: Feingold Amdt. No. 2924; To safely redeploy United States troops from Iraq.

9/19/07--McCain Voted NO--Vote 341: H R 1585: Webb Amdt. No. 2909; To specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces deployed for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

7/11/07--McCain Voted NO--Vote 243: H R 1585: Hagel Amdt. No. 2032; To limit the length of deployment of members of the Armed Forced for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

7/11/07--McCain Voted NO-Vote 241: On the Cloture Motion: Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Webb Amdt. No. 2012; To specify minimum periods between deployment of units and members of the Armed Forces for Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

3/29/07--McCain Voted NO-Vote 126: H R 1591: H.R. 1591, As Amended; U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Health, and Iraq Accountability Act, 2007

5/4/06--McCain Voted NO--Vote 112: H R 4939: H.R. 4939, As Amended; Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Hurricane Recovery, 2006

4/26/06--McCain Voted NO--Vote 98: H R 4939: Akaka Amdt. No. 3642 as Amended; To provide an additional $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

3/16/06--McCain Voted NO--Vote 67: S CON RES 83: Kerry Amdt No. 3143; To prevent the imposition of excessive TRICARE fees and co-pays on military retirees.

3/16/06--McCain Voted NO--Vote 63: S CON RES 83: Stabenow Amdt No. 3141; To provide an assured stream of funding for veteran's health care that will take into account the annual changes in the veteran's population and inflation to be paid for by restoring the pre-2001 top rate for income over $1 million, closing corporate tax loopholes and delaying tax cuts for the wealthy.

This is by no means a complete list of McCain's votes. With close examination, it is obvious that McCain doesn't support the troops.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

New Polls

Taegan Goddard's Political Wire is reporting on a new poll:

A new Research 2000 national poll finds Sen. Barack Obama leading Sen. John McCain, 51% to 39%, with Bob Barr getting 3% and Ralph Nader getting 2%.

Real Clear Politics has this---
National - Gallup Tracking - July 27= Obama 49%, McCain 40%

We'll see what develops.....

***UPDATE: According to Reuters, John McCain has had another "spot" removed from his face. McCain has had several episodes of skin cancer on his face and, according to the NY Daily News (5/24/08), he had cancer on his lower right leg. In that NY Daily News article, other McCain health problems were detailed:
vertigo, invasive melanoma removed from left temple in 2000, cataract surgery, arthritis in both shoulders, melanoma removed from upper left shoulder in 1993, melanoma removed upper left arm in 2000, melanoma removed from his nose in 2002, kidney stones, polyps removed from colon earlier this year, surgery to reduce enlarged prostate, arthritis in right knee, squamous cell carcinoma removed from right shin earlier this year.

He doesn't sound very healthy to me.

Angry Old Man

Do you want an angry old man answering the red phone?

John McCain's bad temper is well-known. Is this hot-head too dangerous to put in the White House?

The Nation: (excerpt)
If you've followed Senator John McCain at all, you've heard about his tendency to, well, explode. He's erupted at numerous Senate colleagues, including many Republicans, at the slightest provocation. "The thought of his being President sends a cold chill down my spine. He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper, and he worries me," wrote Republican Senator Thad Cochran, shortly before endorsing McCain....

And you've heard, no doubt, about McCain's stubbornness. "No dissent, no opinion to the contrary, however reasonable, will be entertained," says Larry Wilkerson, a retired army colonel who was former Secretary of State Colin Powell's top aide. "Hardheaded is another way to say it. Arrogant is another way to say it. Hubristic is another way to say it. Too proud for his own good is another way to say it. It's a quality about him that disturbs me...."

Doesn't McCain sound like an angry old man? I think that what with we've had in the White House the last 8 years, McCain won't win us any friends with his bad temper. Here is more on the famous McCain temper from You Tube:

Did you know that in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina that there were 125 oil spills from offshore drilling rigs? (see Think Progress)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Questions for Republicans

***Why is John McCain running pictures of himself that are thirty years old? We honor his service to our country, but he needs to focus on the future, not the past.

***Why is did Tom Brinkman, a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, call Republican U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt a "lying b----"? TPMelectioncentral has even more about the battle between the two GOPers. Here is an excerpt from the posting:

....Schmidt is now enmeshed in a bitter feud with another Ohio Republican, who's so furious with her that he called her a "lying b----" and a "despicable person" who would "sell her mother" -- and expressly told us we could print that!

The issue? GOP State Rep. Tom Brinkman, who founded an anti-tax government watchdog group, is charging that Schmidt's House staffers frequently work on her campaign for re-election.

"You can quote me anywhere you like. Jean Schmidt is a lying b----," said Brinkman, who lost his primary challenge to her this year by a 58%-40% margin, in an interview with Election Central. "She would sell her mother to promote herself. She is a despicable person. She will go any length possible to win, to get what she wants."

Oh, how nice.

***Why does John McCain want to ration veterans' benefits? The Army Times is reporting this:

Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s call to “concentrate” veterans’ health care on those with combat injuries is raising questions about the Arizona senator’s commitment to funding the ailing VA system.

....Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, said McCain “appears to want to significantly narrow the number of veterans who can use VA, and that would alarm many veterans.”

Sullivan said veterans “should be very concerned by any effort to restrict access to VA health care and benefits by excluding other veterans with medical conditions clearly linked with their military service, such as illnesses related to Agent Orange poisoning, injures incurred in the combat zone, injuries due to training, and the adverse side effects of vaccines and experimental drugs....

McCain was able to use all his medical benefits as a vet. Now he wants to restrict which vets get medical help??? This is unbelievable!

**According to Votesmart, Republican candidate for Congress, Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, has a rating of "0" for Environmental Issues.

Friday, July 25, 2008

McCain Can Only Talk About the Surge

Banks are going bust.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

There have been record home foreclosures.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

The FDA seems unable to keep our food safe.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

Children are starving around the world.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

American soldiers and Marines have been sent to Iraq on 4 and 5 tours of duty, while other American soldiers and Marines are being attacked and killed in Afghanistan.
McCain can only talk about "the surge." McCain wants to remain in Iraq for 100 years.

Families, the elderly, and college students are turning to food banks for food.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

Men and women all over this country are dealing with the rising costs of living and raising their families.
McCain can only talk about "the surge."

The more McCain talks, the more he seems like an angry, old man, who is looking back, not forward.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Obama in Germany - McCain in German Restaurant in Ohio

At this very moment, Democratic Sen. Barack Obama, is addressing a crowd of 200,000 people in Berlin, Germany. Republican Sen. John McCain is visiting Schmidt's Sausage Haus in the German Village neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio (restaurant capacity:100). Wow.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

McCain's Campaign Appears Tired

With weeks to go before the big political conventions, the McCain campaign appears tired, bitter, and like a bunch of whiners. They are running on the same, old, Bush ideas and they appear to be stuck in the mud.

*Sen. John McCain kept saying that Sen. Barack Obama should go to Iraq and Afghanistan.
*Sen. Obama went to Iraq and Afghanistan and was cheered by our military and welcomed by leaders.

*McCain said that Obama should go and talk to the generals.
*Obama went, asked the right questions, and confirmed his original statement that our troops need to be in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

McCain is a 71 year old man who has ideas that are older than he is. He is not willing to listen and learn. As a result, he is repeating his same tired message, over, and over again. McCain says he cares about our military. However, he has voted against veterans' issues and vets' medical benefits many, many times. He wants to continue to send our military into a war in Iraq, even though McCain can't/won't put a time line on our presence there. We can honor his service to our country, but his plans for our country appear old, and uninspiring.

There is much more to being President than solving Bush's war in Iraq. The Bush administration has ignored many parts of the world while they've poured our tax dollars and efforts into a war of their own making. Our country has a lot of diplomacy to catch up on in the years to come. McCain's bullying tactics and bad temper will not provide the remedy we need to fix problems around the world.

Americans are out of work, and trying to cope with high food/gas prices. I don't think McCain is capable of putting in the effort to solve the myriad of problems we face. McCain, who has claimed he knows nothing about economics, would probably named his BFF, Phil "a nation of whiners" Gramm, as a member of his cabinet.

Frank Rich is on the Stephanie Miller Show right now. He just said that McCain is "like a cranky old guy..." I couldn't have said it better myself!

>>>> In case you're interested, Vetvoice has comments from vets about McCain's recent attacks on Obama. Here is a sampling:

...Senator McCain's comments represent the radical anti-troop, anti-veteran rhetoric his campaign has become known for. I went to combat, and I saw first-hand the damage the failed policies of George W. Bush and John McCain have caused to our American troops. I wonder if this eye-witness knowledge means that I want to lose as well....

....To say that Barack Obama wants to "lose" in Iraq is completely beyond acceptable standards of political discourse. For Senator McCain to impugn the loyalty and patriotism of a sitting United States Senator while he is overseas to gain some short-term political leverage is beneath the dignity of the office which he holds. This is an act of political desperation and moral cowardice. John McCain should be ashamed of himself and immediately apologize....

....To say that Senator Obama wants to lose in Iraq is, in fact, saying that the majority of this country wants to lose. To suggest that every person who has been critical of the Bush-McCain policy favors losing the war is beyond reprehensible and absurd....

Check out more at Vetvoice.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

McCain's Latest

Washington Independent:

Marc Ambinder brings us John McCain's interview with Katie Couric, in which he re-writes history about Iraq and claims Obama is the revisionist.

Kate Couric: Senator McCain, Senator Obama says, while the increased number of US troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias. And says that there might have been improved security even without the surge. What's your response to that?

McCain: I don't know how you respond to something that is as-- such a false depiction of what actually happened. Colonel McFarlane [phonetic] was contacted by one of the major Sunni sheiks. Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar awakening. I mean, that's just a matter of history. Thanks to General Petraeus, our leadership, and the sacrifice of brave young Americans. I mean, to deny that their sacrifice didn't make possible the success of the surge in Iraq, I think, does a great disservice to young men and women who are serving and have sacrificed...

The reporter goes on and writes this----

..For McCain to say that the Anbar Awakening is the product of the surge is either a lie or professional malpractice for a presidential candidate who is staking his election on his allegedly superior Iraq judgment.


Things I Know

> Even though President Bush said that our forces will leave Iraq when they ask us to leave, Bush, McCain, Lieberman, and the Republican front group, Vets for Freedom, want to stay in Iraq f-o-r-e-v-e-r. I guess that as long as Iraq has oil, Bush & Co. want to stay.

I watched news stories on Sen. Obama's current trip to Iraq and Afghanistan. I think that he showed great courage and leadership in his talks with the generals and Maliki. Americans are seeing evidence that Obama has the ability to solve Iraq.

> Republican Sen. John McCain will NOT be teaching history or geography. McCain doesn't know
1) the differences between Sunni and Shia.
2) the country Czechoslovakia doesn't exist.
3) that Iraq and Pakistan do not share a border.
4) that the $1,259,645 that he (McCain) has received in career contributions from oil/gas PACs caused oil prices to go up. (see Open Secrets)

Monday, July 21, 2008

What does this indicate?

I saw this picture at Politico and just had to post it:

Do you think they are going for the "early bird special" at the local buffet restaurant or to play shuffle board?

McCain Has Problems

Republican John McCain has some problems that voters are noticing:

1) McCain doesn't look healthy.

2) McCain's supporters don't seem very enthusiastic about his candidacy. It might have something to do with the fact that McCain is repeating the same messages that these Republicans heard from George W. Bush. During news reports that show McCain with at his "town hall" meetings, his audiences look like they are bored to tears.

3) McCain "Straight Talk Express" doesn't seem to have any real straight talk. Do you remember the question he was asked about birth control and Viagara? We're still waiting for a straight answer.

These are just some of my small observations. In our household, when McCain appears on TV, as he did this morning on the Today Show, we just change the channel. We are just not interested in his tired, old message.

On the other hand.............

I was really impressed with the enthusiasm displayed by our troops when they greeted Sen. Obama on his trip to Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. They know that Sen. Obama has a way to end the war, and get them back home. These same troops will e-mail and phone their family and friends to share their great impressions of Obama. The only problem that might arise will be how the Pentagon manages to lose the ballots of the service members this election. If it appears that overseas military members are moving toward Obama, some of those ballots may get "lost" in the mail.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Right Wing to the Extreme

If you haven't seen Steve Stivers, former bank lobbyist and current GOP candidate in Ohio's 15th district, it is because he has been in Washington, DC, hanging out with the Republican elite. Here are some tidbits about Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, from Politicker:

"Steve Stivers is the total package. He accurately reflects the interests and values of the district he seeks to represent, has a compelling biography, and he continues to outperform his out of touch opponent on every level," said National Republican Congressional Campaign spokesman Ken Spain....

Oh, come on. Are you serious? Stivers "...reflects the interests and values of the district..."? Do they know that Stivers is a former bank lobbyist who continues to side with banks, insurance companies, and even payday lenders over the needs of human beings in his district?????

On Thursday, Stivers also briefly met with Grover Norquist, the influential president of the conservative Americans for Tax Reform.....

Stivers met with right winger, Grover Norquist? Grover Norquist??????? That definitely should send up the red flags. Grover Norquist was called the "Field Marshall" of the Bush plan by The Nation magazine. (We know how well the "Bush plan" has worked!) Norquist is also the person who said, "My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years," he says, "to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." (see The Nation) Scary right wing stuff!!!!!

It does my heart good to know that Steve Stivers, a former bank lobbyist, has completely gone over to the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. By taking PAC money from all those oil companies and banks, he easily fits in with those extremists like Norquist.

Democratic candidate for Ohio's 15th district, Mary Jo Kilroy, has aligned herself with real people during her campaign. We can safely put our trust in Kilroy because she represents us.

By the way, one of the Republicans called Stivers "...a rock star...." Mary Jo Kilroy was called a "rock star" in 2006 and she hasn't surrendered that title (see Hotline 3/30/06).

Look What Has Been Found

John McCain, and his faithful sidekick, Joe Lieberman, were against a war in Iraq before they were for it.

Kpete over at Democratic Underground has found some key information about McCain's Iraq war stance. Here is the link (Washington Post) provided by Kpete. Here is the Washington Post article which contains the text from McCain and BFF, Lieberman, from their appearance on Meet The Press (October 21, 2001):

....RUSSERT: Would you have any problem expanding President Bush's orders to the CIA to go after Osama bin Laden to include Saddam Hussein?

LIEBERMAN: Well, I leave that to the president. But as a matter of principle and morality, of course not.

RUSSERT: Senator McCain?

MCCAIN: I think Joe's right.

And I would just like to add one additional point. I believe that we will succeed. We will endure in Afghanistan. We will take out bin Laden, and we will take out the Taliban. And then we've got a major challenge of a stable government, but...

Looks like we have another McCain flip flop. He has had so many of them, McCain is doing cartwheels!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Teachers Are Cringing

Americablog has posted a video from JedReport. I'm sure it will make you wonder why they are bragging about the poor academic performance.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Boccieri For Congress

John Boccieri, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 16th congressional district, is getting noticed by many people. Here are a few comments about John Boccieri:

Committee for a Livable Future:

John Boccieri - 16th Congressional District in Ohio
Ohio State Senator John Boccieri is running against Republican State Senator Kirk Schuring to replace Rep. Ralph Regula. The district includes Canton and Youngstown. Boccieri served in the Iraq War as a pilot in the Air Force Reserve. He considers energy independence a priority, and favors incentives for new energy technology over tax breaks for big oil companies.

Progressive Patriots Fund:
(This is an excerpt about Ohio Senator John Boccieri from the Progressive Patriots Fund.)

....Boccieri chose to broaden his service to our country by enlisting in the U.S. Air Force. Boccieri became an Air Force officer and was stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base. In his role as staff officer, he supported Presidential visits to Arkansas and also worked on base-wide support of three treaties- Open Skies, Chemical Weapons Compliance, and START II Treaties. As a commissioned Lieutenant in the military, he worked with base-wide support for the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, the State Department, the White House Communications Staff, the Secret Service, and Air Force and Marine Advance Agents. While on active duty, Boccieri continued to pursue his interest in government by earning masters degrees in public administration and business from Webster University, St. Louis Missouri.

State Senator Boccieri is an Air Force Reserve Major and aircraft commander aboard the C-130 aircraft, and was stationed at Youngstown Joint Air Reserve Station. He recently deployed in 4 rotations to support our troops in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Boccieri has served our nation in over 40 countries and has eleven years of service in the U.S. Military.

Boccieri holds membership in the National Guard Association for Ohio, the Air Force Reserve Officers Association, Mahoning Valley Veterans Memorial Association, American Legion Post 737, AMVETS, White Tails Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, and is a member of the Knights of Columbus and attends St. Paul’s Church in New Middletown.....

Very impressive!

> DailyKos has more about Boccieri, including...

- Kirk Schuring is afraid to debate Democrat Boccieri. (Schuring is the extreme right wing Republican also running for Ohio's 16th.)

- and this from DailyKos.....

He (Schuring) voted to INCREASE the gas tax while Boccieri voted against it.

Middle class families in our area continue to struggle and Schuring chooses to side with big oil(raised more than 20k from oil and gas executives).....

Call Kirk Schuring and ask him why he voted to raise your gas taxes: 330-455-9199....

>>>>John Boccieri has been endorsed by the VoteVets organization.

> I think Boccieri is a fantastic candidate for Ohio's 16th district. However, if the people of Ohio's 16th district like the slow economy, job losses, high gas prices, they might want to vote for the Republican candidate Schuring who seems to be liked by oil companies. (See Open Secrets: Schuring has, as of 3/31/08, received $20,900 in contributions from oil & gas PACs/people associated with oil & gas.)

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Republican Vets For Freedom Promote Bush's Wars

Ohio TV viewers are being hit with the ads by right wing, pro-Republican, pro-Bush, 527 group, Vets for Freedom. Source Watch has tons of information on Vets for Freedom including this.....

.....While the organization claims to be nonpartisan, the privacy notice on its website suggested otherwise, reading (on May 30, 2006): "Use of information: If you choose to provide any personal information, such as your mailing address or phone number, we may use that information to contact you. We may from time to time share the information our visitors provide with other Republican candidates and other like-minded organizations. " (Emphasis added.).....

Open Secrets has some financial info on Vets for Freedom including the fact that it has a "...Conservative..." viewpoint.

In the past, Vets for Freedom had ties to the Swift Boaters of the 2004 campaign (see this Source Watch article).

I guess you could say that if you liked Bush's invasion of Iraq and this administration's war policies, you'll agree with the Vets for Freedom.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Looking For That Special Item?

Are you looking for that special item for your car or your wardrobe? Do you want to make a political statement?

Progress Now Action:
An exact reproduction of the original "McCain=Bush" placard seen around the world this week--get yours now in T-shirt, sticker, and other hard-to-remove forms. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the fund to defend Carol Kreck, the 60-year-old librarian who carried the original sign into history--now awaiting her court date for "trespassing."

Visit the Progress Now Action store at Cafe Press and order your shirts/bumper stickers/mugs that say--

McCain= Bush

(Note: Carol Kreck was the 60 year old librarian who got into trouble with her "McCain=Bush" sign outside a McCain appearance. Read her blog at Huffington Post.)

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Phil Gramm: McCain's Chief Economic Adviser

You really have to wonder if Phil Gramm, John McCain's chief economic adviser, has a heart. Gramm just seems like a guy who is not in touch with real life. Today's NY Times has an Op-Ed piece by Bob Herbert with some quotes by Gramm:

“We’re the only nation in the world,” Mr. Gramm once said, “where all our poor people are fat.”

During one of the many Republican assaults on Social Security, the issue of cutting back benefits for the elderly came up in the Senate. “They are 80-year-olds,” howled Mr. Gramm. “Most people don’t have the luxury of living to be 80 years old, so it’s hard for me to feel sorry for them.”

Herbert goes on to write....
....What does it say about John McCain’s judgment that this guy was one of his top — and possibly his pre-eminent — economic adviser? What does it say about Mr. McCain’s judgment that in 1996, he believed Phil Gramm was the best choice to be president?

McCain's response to Gramm's remarks were sarcastic jokes. However, McCain did not fire Gramm.

Jonathan Alter was on MSNBC and he said that McCain and Gramm had a "passion gap" because they don't care about anyone else.

It is apparent that McCain and Gramm are two old rich white guys who don't give a damn about the rest of us.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Phil Gramm Thinks You Whine Too Much

I saw this over at the Huffington Post and I just had to print the headline:
Phil Gramm: Recession is "Mental," America is "Nation of Whiners"

Millionaire Phil Gramm, John McCain's economic adviser, wants you to know this--He doesn't feel your pain!

Here is even more on Gramm from the Washington Post:
Former senator Phil Gramm, a top policy adviser of Sen. John McCain's, said the nation is in a "mental recession," not an actual one, and suggested the United States has "become a nation of whiners."
"...You've heard of mental depression; this is a mental recession," Gramm said, noting that growth has held up at about 1 percent despite all the publicity over losing jobs to India, China, illegal immigration, housing and credit problems and record oil prices. "We may have a recession; we haven't had one yet."

"We have sort of become a nation of whiners," Gramm said. "You just hear this constant whining, complaining about a loss of competitiveness, America in decline" despite a major export boom that is the primary reason that growth continues in the economy....

Have you lost your job? Lost your house? Can't feed your kids? Don't have money to buy gas for your car?

Would Phil Gramm say, "Stop whining!"???????

McCain and Gramm apparently are out of touch with what families have to deal with in the real world. McCain and Gramm are two old wealthy white guys that have multiple homes, lots of money, and house staff to get gasoline, groceries, and the mail. They are completely clueless about what it takes to survive in the country today.

> Old man McCain also got a little uncomfortable when asked a question about birth control pills and Viagara. Huffington Post has the video.

Nothing But the Truth

> It appears that John McCain has forgotten that he voted against veterans' issues time and time again. He must also be confused because he hasn't received that many awards from veterans' groups. Think Progress has the video exchange between a vet and McCain here. Progress Ohio has even more info on McCain's pathetic voting record on veterans.

The IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America) gave McCain a "D" on his record.

>>> The Chinese will have a 10 second delay in the broadcast of the Olympics, according to Chosunilbo, " avoid “undesirable” incidents being seen by the masses, Hong Kong’s Ming Pao Daily News reported Tuesday...."

Why am I not surprised?

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Why does Jon Husted hate veterans?

Jon Husted, Republican Speaker of the Ohio House, apparently hates military veterans. Husted did not want to have a vote to give bonuses to the Ohioans who are Iraq and Afghanistan vets or their surviving families. Husted blocked a vote on the bonuses. According to the Dispatch, Ohio Treasurer Richard Cordray originally proposed the bonuses and Gov. Ted Strickland was in support of the special payment to the vets. However, Husted would not schedule a vote for the Ohio House. (The measure had passed in the Ohio Senate.)
Here is a little more from the Dispatch:

....Cordray complained that legislators "were able to find over a billion dollars in bonded debt for projects in their districts" but were unwilling to approve bonuses for veterans. He referred to the recently approved capital-improvements bill....

Jon Husted, who often pads projects for his own district, should be told that his refusal to help our veterans is not appreciated. You can contact Husted at
Telephone: (614) 644-6008
Fax : (614) 719-3591
Email Address:

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

People Will Be Talking

Under ex-Gov. Bob Taft's Republican administration, there were several scandals. Here are a few--- "Golf-gate", Coingate, and the millions of dollars that were lost through the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC). Just when the Ohio GOP thought they could have a week in which no one was reminded of these scandals, another news item is reported.
Mark D. Lay was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison today and ordered to repay nearly $213 million to the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation for his role in the loss from a hedge-fund investment as part of a series of scandals that rocked state government.....

Here is a little more from the Business Courier of Cincinnati:
...Sentencing for Mark Lay, chief executive of MDL Capital Management Inc., comes about eight months after his conviction on charges of investment advisory fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. Sentences on three of four counts against him totaled 12 years each, but will run concurrently.....
....Lay was charged with several others in connection with an investigation into BWC investments sparked by political fundraiser Tom Noe's theft from a $50 million rare-coin fund that he handled for the agency....

> In today's news, the Iraqi government asked for a timetable to remove American troops from Iraq. However, President Bush and Sen. John McCain are against any timetable. I guess they just want endless war.
NY Times:
Iraq will not accept any security agreement with the United States unless it includes dates for the withdrawal of foreign forces, the government's national security adviser said on Tuesday.

The comments by Mowaffaq al-Rubaie underscore the U.S.-backed government's hardening stance toward a deal with Washington that will provide a legal basis for U.S. troops to operate when a U.N. mandate expires at the end of the year.....

Wow. I thought freedom was on the march. Iraq doesn't want us there but Bush=McCain want us to stay.

>>>>> If you are on Medicare, you may have something to worry about in the near future. Because of a screw up by the Republican Senators, doctors in the U.S. may stop treating Medicare patients.

Chicago Tribune:

...Upset that some Republican senators failed to vote to prevent a 10 percent cut in Medicare payments to doctors last week, the AMA has begun airing TV and radio ads in more than a half-dozen states, particularly those where GOP senators are in fierce re-election campaigns....

....In the AMA ads, consumers are told this July 4 weekend that there will be "no celebrating for the millions of Medicare patients" who may lose access to their doctors thanks to the cut. The ad then names the respective state's senator as protecting "the powerful insurance companies' huge profits at the expense of Medicare patients' access to doctors and their services."
Among those Republican senators targeted are three in tough re-election battles: John Cornyn of Texas; John Sununu of New Hampshire and Roger Wicker of Mississippi. A spokesman for Cornyn's office had no comment about the AMA ad campaign, and Wicker's office could not be reached for comment....

Monday, July 07, 2008

61 Year Old Librarian Thrown Out of McCain Rally

I saw this first at Raw Story and I could not believe it. Apparently, the McCain staff is against free speech especially if it involves a petite 61 year old librarian. You can see it at You Tube .

No Matter What Anyone Says....

.....John McCain is computer illiterate. Witness this video from You Tube:

LA Times:
...although McCain admitted to TechCrunch's Michael Arrington that he was computer illiterate, the Arizona senator has a big name making the case that he's the right choice for the high-tech industry: former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina.
McCain knows the importance of technology to the economy and has an economic plan to encourage the type of innovation the industry thrives on, Fiorina said this morning in Washington, D.C......

My interpretation of this baloney--- John McCain can't turn on a computer, but he has been told about what computers do. Wow! Doesn't this just make you feel that McCain is unable to adapt to modern technology and that he is stuck in the past?

I hope that you've had the chance to read the latest Rolling Stone Magazine (the issue with Obama on the cover). The article is very informative about the Obama campaign. It also lets us in on the songs Obama has on his iPod. Does McCain know about iPods???? Check out the great picture from Rolling Stone taken by Peter Yang (notice the computers?).

Don't you think our country needs someone who is thinking forward? Wouldn't we feel more confident with a President who knows and understands modern technology? Is McCain's lack of computer knowledge because he has refused to learn? Does this show more about his mindset?

> Here are some tidbits from the Carpetbagger Report:

* As had been rumored, the DNC announced this morning that Barack Obama will accept the party’s presidential nomination at Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High. The stadium, home to the Denver Broncos, can accommodate more than 75,000 people. It will be the first convention acceptance speech in a stadium since JFK in 1960.

* In the latest Gallup Daily Tracking poll, Obama has extended his national lead over John McCain to six points, 48% to 42%. The poll’s three-day rolling average was collected on July 2, 3, and 5.


Taking A Look

> Did you notice that Republican presidential candidate John McCain and his wife went to church this weekend? The Washington Post noticed. Apparently, the McCains are not regular church-goers.

> The next time you see a picture of John and Cindy McCain together, look at Mrs. McCain's face. She appears nervous and very guarded with her emotions. Is she afraid to say/do something that will irritate her husband? McCain seems very tense with his wife. What's with that? Is this part of his "anger management" issues???

> The Republicans say McCain is pro-environment. However, according Project Vote Smart, McCain's environmental record is awful. Check it out here.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

John McCain Did Not Support the New G.I. Bill

The other day I saw President Bush thank John McCain and others for the passage of the New G.I. Bill. I almost fell off my chair. Bush and McCain had both been against the bill and had worked vigorously to stop the bill from passage. Bush had also threatened to veto the bill. McCain had offered an alternative but it was weak and not much different from what was already in force. Then, McCain did not even show up to vote in favor of the bill!

The real person to thank is Democratic Sen. Jim Webb. Sen. Webb started to lay the groundwork for the New G.I. Bill even before he was elected to the U.S. Senate. Bush and McCain did nothing to help.

Isn't just like Bush to give credit to someone who doesn't even deserve it? Remember--- 'Heck of a job, Brownie'???? While President Bush and Sen. John McCain promote endless war, they've done little to help the new vets of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

> has started a petition to Ret. Gen. Wesley Clark. Here is what Vote Vets says:
On Sunday, June 29, General Wesley Clark put into perspective what it takes to lead our nation’s military and veterans – the right judgment. In doing so, he pointed out, quite correctly, that Senator John McCain’s honorable and heroic experience does not necessarily qualify him to be commander in chief, if he does not show the right judgment on the major issues of our time. Sign our petition to General Clark, below, thanking him for speaking honestly and bluntly at this most important time....

(Note: There is another organization that claims to speak for vets (Vets for Freedom), but it is a pro-Bush, pro-endless war, pro-McCain group that was set up by Republicans.)

It is all about judgment. Why does McCain support the failed policies of the Bush administration? Do we want four more years of the Bush administration? I don't think so.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Special Tribute

Last night, I attended the retirement party of Dr. Ralph Roach. Dr. Roach is leaving the Zangmeister Center (Mid-Ohio Oncology-Hematology) to work closer to home in Chillicothe, Ohio. Many friends and family attended the special tribute for Dr. Roach, including Jorma Kaukonen.

Jorma Kaukonen is an original member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the the special concert presented by Jorma, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jorma resides in Pomeroy, Ohio, at the Fur Peace Ranch, where he offers concerts and guitar fantasy camps. (Jorma and his staff are doing some special programs to help returning Iraq/Afghanistan vets.)

Dr. Roach has touched so many lives and it was only fitting that his colleagues and staff honor him with an unforgettable party and concert.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The McCain Home Tour

There is a video posted at the Huffington Post which provides a Google Earth tour of some of John and Cindy McCain's homes. The Jed Report put together the video. Check it out: