Friday, October 17, 2008
iReporters witness protests at presidential debate

NOTE: This post comes from iReporter James Brierton (Username: jbjimbo -- click to see his stories ), who got a look at the other side of the red "i" when he interned with the iReport.com team this summer. Several iReporters outside the third U.S. presidential debate found themselves documenting a protest near the historic event at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. A small demonstration brewed up on the street alongside the venue where the event was held. The protest had been peaceful for much of the day, but around 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday, October 15, a group of anti-war veterans marched towards a blocked-off university entrance to demand entrance into the debate. Police on horseback made attempts to control the crowd, which was stopping traffic along Hempstead Turnpike. iReporter Dean Laurence, on scene with myself and two other high school journalists, captured photos and video as the events unfolded. He then quickly got them ready to be uploaded to iReport.com. Another submitter, mackenten , described the scene as "one of the most dreadful and deplorable experiences I have ever been a part of" as he looked back on snapping photos of the protests . His iReport became one of the most commented stories on iReport.com the day it was posted. ToTheStreets captured video of Nassau County police riding their horses and clashing with protesters on the street. Take a look at ToTheStreets and these other iReporters' work. Hopefully you'll want to send an iReport of your own if you haven't already. You never know when you might witness history unfolding near you.

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October 17, 2008
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I just watched Bay misquote Michelle Obama, as most republicans do on this issue. What Michelle said was "for the first time in my adult life, I am REALLY proud of my country..." Leaving out "really", which Bay did, makes this a different sentence. When John McCain was recounting his time as a POW, during CNN's McCain Revealed, he made the statement "it was then that I fell in love with my country." According to their logic this mean that until then he didn't love his country? I wish someone would call them on this.

October 18, 2008
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I love how the news is now reversing the whole thing with Mccain catching up come on yesturday he was trailing Obama with this joe the plumber comment hes back on top please thats bull. Hes still or was he ever trailing obama by a smallent. I'm like Mrs. Obama she stated that this is her first time shes proud of her countryand the time in which we came from remember years ago there was no fairness to nothing about the united states but i still love my country. And if i ever ran 4resident i will let everyone know that we was not always created equal. This is my first time feeling like my vote counts my very first time. I really dont like this i ask god everyday why is it that white people dont like for us to get ahead and you see it very clear. Bush still in office if thatwas a black man he would of been impeached by now 80% disapproves of bush.

October 18, 2008
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It's like a bad sifi flick.

McCain and

Plain 9 from outer space.

 

Most of you might be to young to remember the movie, but if you do a google pic search for Plan 9 you'll see what i'm talking about.

 

Obama.?. well.. I'm not impressed.

October 18, 2008
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That should read:

It's like a bad sifi flick.

McCain and

Palin 9 from outer space.

October 18, 2008
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Please, people, for the good of the country - ask a few questions before voting.

1. Which is more important? The Democratic Party or the country?

 

2. Do you really feel comfortable having a president who has no experience running anything? Who was in congress only about 143 days before becoming a candidate?

 

3. About the Dem Party. Do you support a ban on Partial Birth Abortions? This is not regular abortions, but the ones where the stick a needle into the brain of a child just before the normally scheduled birth and suck out the brain to make sure it is dead? Bush got that banned, which is so obviously should be. Obama has said, see Youtube, that he wants to repeal that ban. I am for abortion, but that is inhuman.

 

4. Obama has the support of the Hollywood elite. McCain has the support of the ranking Cardinals in the Catholic Church.

 

5. Obama wants to repeal the Bush tax cuts. I know that because it was the Bush tax cuts, you have been told that it was bad, but many millions of low-imcome Americans were taken off the tax-paying rolls because of those tax cuts. When Obama repeals that, you will go back on the tax rolls, and that level is very very far below the 250k per year they discuss. It is closer to 35k per year.

 

6. At what point is wealth redistribution ok? Is it ok to condem a person for working himself to death to earn a great living and to leave something for his kids? Is it ok to take more of that person's money and give it to people who don't earn it? As Biden said, "It is the patriotic thing to do."

 

7. Obama is an unknown. His father was a member of the government in Kenya. The Communist government of Kenya. He was released from his government job for advocating taking 100% of the income from workers in Kenya. It was a very unpopular idea, even in a Communist country. Wow - is that far enough for the Dems? Or do they want our blood too? What is enough?

 

Please people, I know many people grew up as Dems. Maybe your Mom and Dad were Dems. The Democrats from back then are not the same as the ones now. I cannot imagine ever comparing JFK or Roosevelt to Pelosi, Barney Frank, Leahy, Clinton, etc. Come on, please realize that your party has been taken over by the lowest sort of people. Please don't give them more power. Think of America first when you go in to vote.

October 18, 2008
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Everytime I try to upload 10 photos at once, it gets stuck at the nineth photo, this is really frustrating as I have to start all over again, and retype a report, this happens to me quite offten

October 18, 2008
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FYI:JC0568- MY PARENTS ARE REPUBLICAN and I am A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.. BUT MY VOTE WILL GO TO SEN. BARACK OBAMA.. and I dont care about his FATHERS NATIONALITY NOR SEN. OBAMA'S. HE IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND NOT JOHN AND SARAH IDIOTS! THEY NEED TO RESTRUCTURE THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR 2012!

 

Please people, I know many people grew up as Dems. Maybe your Mom and Dad were Dems. The Democrats from back then are not the same as the ones now. I cannot imagine ever comparing JFK or Roosevelt to Pelosi, Barney Frank, Leahy, Clinton, etc. Come on, please realize that your party has been taken over by the lowest sort of people. Please don't give them more power. Think of America first when you go in to vote. -

 

FOR YOUR INFORMATION JC0568- MY PARENTS ARE REPUBLICAN and I am REGISTERED REPUBLICAN.. BUT MY VOTE WILL GO TO SEN. BARACK OBAMA.. and I dont care about his FATHERS NATIONALITY NOR SEN. OBAMA'S. HE IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR THIS COUNTRY AND NOT JOHN AND SARAH IDIOTS! THEY NEED TO RESTRUCTURE THEIR CAMPAIGN FOR 2012!

October 18, 2008
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I am wondering whatever happened to the issue on the economy? We are in a sad state BECAUSE of Bush, and the whole 8 years he has been in office. I am very glad that I was not faced with the choice of voting for him. I will vote now though, and it's not going to be for McCain. Yes- I do feel comfortable with a FRESH START!! MOST DEFINATLY!!! Hopefully gas prices will continue to go down. Hopefully everything will get better. I can't wait for election day. Can you?

October 18, 2008
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I don't feel I really want to see Mcain and Palin run another smear campaign in 2012. In the 33 years of my excistance I have never seen anything as dirty as this. It is insane! My son has a shirt that says: I have Issues. Maybe that should be the slogan 4 McCain and Palins campaign.

October 19, 2008
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I have been to Mccain as well as an obama rally.  To me personally I feel Mccain's rally or shall i say Palin's rallies are nothing more than a kkk rally.  I am a mixed (black and white) female who is in college. I felt so uncomfortable at Mccain's and Palin's rally so i left half way through.  There rallies reminded me of the 1930s and 40s rallies of the kkk that i have read about. Palin and Mccain have rallies to bad mouth Obama instead of focusing on our needs.  I also feel alot of college students are going for obama because Mccain is focused on veterans and retirees (his age group)  we are the future remember.  At first in the begining i was going for Mccain but when he became childish and focused on Obama and not our situation i knew he was another Bush.  It would be a mistake to put Mccain in office. would be stuck in the same situation if not worse

 

thanks

timika

October 19, 2008
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I am appalled at the actions of a few HOWEVER I blame the media for promoting the problems and prejudices attributed to this election...especially mainstream media who are so obviously pro-Obama.  For once I would like to see CNN show both sides ... you show all the anti-Obama dreadful stuff but what about all the dirty, filthy things happening to Sarah Palin...like the shirts with degrading remarks directed at her, the people who even on television say they hate the lady, even Tina Fey saying she would leave Earth, etc. etc.  Don't go just one sided because Obama is black...try covering the sexist repulsive actions of those who target Palin or the age insults to McCain.  What you have shown only promotes the actions and causes more hatred and anger.  The media is not helping the racial tensions at all.  We expect more from you!

October 19, 2008
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To JC0568..good post and documented information.  To Sierramarie...you should listen to your parents obviously they have been around long enough to know what is right for the country.  The problem with the younger generation is that you don't research the candidate but rather listen to the slick talk and lame promises that can't be kept.  Have you even asked yourself what this man who wants to be President has DONE to make him a good candidate.  Have you looked at his record in the Senate?  I think not.  If you had looked you would have noted that he voted a "no vote" (present) on most all those bills that did not benefit either himself, his party or his contingents.  He never crossed party lines..never once.  He will go into the Presidency with a majority Congress meaning there will be no checks and balances so anything that the Democrats want (and they are already looking to mess with your 401K...read the news on that one and see how happy you are with the Democratic suggestion...and know that it would pass with Obama in the Presidency).  Obama wasn't even present in the Senate for more than a 150 days.  He was a co-chair of a committee that he never made meetings of.  He hasn't run anything to get any type of experience in how to manage subordinates, balance a budget, handle difficult situations.  He has masterly connived his way into this position by the old school Democrats who are desperate to get THEIR choice in the White House...one they can manipulate...they couldn't with Hillary.  Either way all I ask is that you research this stuff, stop listening to the mainstream media, the slick orator and the lies in ads and in speeches (some on both sides).  Some cultures respect the elder realizing with age comes wisdom...and if you look back on your lives you will see that as well.  Did it ever occur to some of you that John McCain may have a lot more wisdom than a man with little experience. Did it ever occur to some of you that experience is needed to be able to lead?  JC0568 is right...re-read his email and research for yourself.  This election is way to important to fall for words and false promises.  When I was 33 years old I would not have considered myself to be all wise and knowing...I was raising a family, working hard and involved in politics very little.  It has taken me a few years longer to realize not to trust what I see on t.v. and to look into things myself.  As a former Hillary supporter and a Democrat I have learned through the research that there are many mysteries in the life of Barack Obama...there are many questionable mentors...there are many proposals that sound good but cannot be fulfilled...there are many frightening proposals that have been tried before and come back to haunt this country (i.e. talking to our enemies..look at Jimmy Carter and the few other Presidents who tried that  ... it is in history books...by trying to negotiate we not only pissed off our allies, we were belittled by other countries and lost the respect of many).  I know you don't want to believe there is anything wrong with your precious Barack but take the time to find out for yourself...Joe the Plumber did and now they have dug up his divorce papers, his income tax returns, his salary, his job, contacted co-workers, etc. etc....all because the man asked a question.  Is that a sign of what is to come in the Obama Presidency?  Bit scary.  SierraMarie..never seen anything like this in a campaign..you are right you are too young.  Those of us older have seen far worse than this...welcome to politics.  The only difference this time is that there is race and sexism...and these two things have been going on for quite a while. Seems the women are still losing out though.  I can agree with you on one thing...it would be nice if it was civil but when you are fighting to win something it usually isn't...look at soccer games, baseball games, football games....highly competitive..sometimes not pretty!!! Sorry

October 19, 2008
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Timika,

 

"are nothing more than a kkk rally".  That is too bad because neither of the candidates are that way and in fact John McCain has chastised his supporters twice already for unnecessary remarks.  Did you not notice the tee shirts worn with nasty printing on them directed at Sarah Palin?  Did you not notice the hecklers when she spoke?  It happened too...maybe not where you were.  People are angry and are angry because the young are NOT looking further into the candidates qualifications.  IF you took the time to go to a rally...please take the time to research your choice before voting.  You said you were for McCain before he became childish.  Hillary then was childish, Joe Biden even was childish...they ALL questioned Obama's connections...and none of them got any answers.  Reverend Wright got some press and even then Barack did not condemn what he said...until he had no choice.  The normal intelligent person would not believe for one moment that Barack and his family sat in that church every Sunday for 20 years and didn't hear the prejudical, racist language used by the preacher.  When Barack said he didn't know of Ayers connections to the bombing he did back in the 60's..that is impossible. In law school you study Criminal and Constitutional law...and both of them use the Ayers groups as examples and basis of both.  Did you not study this era in college?  We did in undergraduate history class. 

 

"There rallies reminded me of the 1930s and 40s rallies of the kkk that i have read about."  Honey the KKK were still strong into the 60's but the rallies would be nothing like what you attended at a McCain rally...for one there weren't any white hoods.  For two, if you looked around I am sure you would have seen quite a few blacks supporting McCain/Palin. 

 

As for bad mouthing Obama...if you go to Obama's rally they will be bad mouthing as well.  In fact, currently on t.v.  Obama ads are far more negative than McCains...mostly because Obama has put on over 1,000 ads here where I live compared to McCain's 8 ads.  Both parties are attacking the other...just as you do in a sport...just imagine what the line of a football team has to say to the other side!!!! LOL

 

"Mccain is focused on veterans and retirees (his age group) we are the future remember."  Do you really believe that McCain is only thinking of the elderly?  Come on.  He is looking at saving everyone tax money, at reducing government so that you can have an opportunity to find a job when you graduate.  He isn't interested in having you sign up for selective service, community service, etc. so you work off your loans..but rather is interested in keeping the interest down for you and interested in reducing the cost of college.  He is looking to make sure you get money to get insurance and not be forced into getting a policy that you can't afford.  If businesses are having to "play or pay" a part of the Obama health plan they will cut jobs to cover costs.  He isn't looking at only the veterans and elderly at all...he is looking at the future of the country...energy supplies for the future...much more.  Please ... you seem like a smart lady....don't judge who your President will be based on the small majority who show up at a rally...do the research. Ask yourself...what has Obama done?  Name 3 things.  If he gets in and there is already a Democratic Congress who will stop them from doing what Democrats ALWAYS do..tax us.  Look at the 401K proposal the Dems are submitting and even staying later to work on..that will affect you.  RESEARCH RESEARCH...find out these things for yourself.  I truly believe with age comes wisdom...I wouldn't have bothered to do either at your age...but I am old enough now to know that you don't base your opinion on what the media tells you...you don't base your opinion on what is promised by the candidates...you base your opinion on what they have done in the past, how they represented their people, whether or not they tell the truth and the whole truth, what they know and how well they know it....and then look at their records, read their platforms, look at their character as someone not at all decided.  RESEARCH...and hopefully you will come back to McCain...I am a Democrat who did.  Obama has too many mysteries and not enough experience.  Would you want a person who has flown for only 100 days and only as a junior pilot be responsible for flying your family around all the time...or would you want an experienced pilot who has handled a plane in all situations doing it?  Good luck with your decision.

October 19, 2008
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awt

RACE IN HAS BEEN, IS NOW AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FACTOR HERE IN THE U.S.A.

WHY ELSE WOULD WE WANT TO KNOW WHO C. POWELL IS GOING TO BACK. IF HE BACKS OBAMA IT WILL BE SAID THAT HE IS ONLY BACKING HIM BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN. AND IF HE BACKS J. McCAIN HE WILL BE CALLED AN UNCLE TOM.  ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHITE AND BLACK, THERE ARE FAR MORE WHITE RACIST THAN THERE ARE BLACK ONES.  BLACK TEND TO EXCEPT PEOPLE OF ANY RACE MORE THAN WHITE PEOPLE DO.  IT IS THE NORM! AND THAT IS A SAD, SAD F A C T.

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October 19, 2008
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awt

RACE HAS BEEN, IS NOW AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FACTOR HERE IN THE U.S.A.NO MATTER WHAT THE CASE IS

WHY ELSE WOULD WE WANT TO KNOW WHO C. POWELL IS GOING TO BACK. IF HE BACKS OBAMA IT WILL BE SAID THAT HE IS ONLY BACKING HIM BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN. AND IF HE BACKS J. McCAIN HE WILL BE CALLED AN UNCLE TOM.  ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHITE AND BLACK THAT ARE RACIST, THERE ARE FAR MORE WHITE RACIST THAN THERE ARE BLACK ONES.  BLACK PEOPLE TEND TO EXCEPT PEOPLE OF ANY RACE MORE THAN WHITE PEOPLE DO.  IT IS THE NORM! AND THAT IS A SAD, SAD FACT OF THE LIVES THAT WE LIVE HERE IN THE GOOD OLD U S OF A.

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October 19, 2008
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FLR

Now THIS will scare the crap out of you!!!

 

Much is made of McCain's age......

Has anyone brought up the fact that Obama smokes and both  of his parents died at an early age?

 

Plus Biden has had two brain aneurysms which could have  killed him.

 

If Obama and Biden both died while in office that would leave Nancy Pelosi as president.

 

I can't think of a better reason to vote for McCain & Palin

October 19, 2008
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If your for OBAMA make sure you get out and voteand vote early if you can. Remember every voter counts we need you to come through

October 19, 2008
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All i hear from the republican candidates is talking about some phony joe the plumber, if we let them get away with this phony crap, we will all be on BREAD AND WATER.

October 19, 2008
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I agree. How can one say that race is not an issue in this election when you see stuffed monkies wearing Obama stickers or when we see a"coupon" with Obama's face, watermelon, Kool-Aid and a bucket of chicken. How can that not be "racist"? Since when is the color of ones skin the measure of a man? It scares me to think of what process of elimination did the Republican Party go through to settle on Sarah Palin? It insults me on 2 levels the first being that I'm supposed to find some solidarity in the fact that she is a woman in the position that she's in no matter how UNQUALIFIED she is and give her my vote and the second being that as an African American I can't possibly have enough intellegence to listen to each candidate weigh the pros and cons and decide for myself who will better serve ME as a United States President. I recently found myself thinking.....yes Obama is of mixed races I wonder if he was one whose pigmetation was more on the fair side say more like a Derek Jeter a Jason Kidd or 1929's cheif executive of the NAACP Walter White who could have passed for white but chose not to, who was as fair in skin as John McCain. One has to ask themselves 4 years ago when the U.S was pushing and would have been more receptive of fair skinned Gen. Colin Powell what's the difference between him and Mr. Obama both are considered 'black' by white society the only differnece I can see is not based on the content of one's character or their ablilty to lead this nation, its the racists society thats still alive and well that can not and will not adjust to having a darker skinned black man in a position of power over them plain and simple!

October 20, 2008
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Tired of the Spill Milk Policies of the Republican Party. Go Obama

October 20, 2008
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It is a shame and disgrace that people are voting racially and with their heads in the sand about Obama.  The media is so slanted.  I do not care for McCain either but there is only McCain bashing and ignorance.  People really need to pull their head out.  Do they REALLY think that someone with zero experience and an ELITIST attitude will ultimately treat people fairly?  Most politicians have an elitist attitude.  He is a very eloquent speaker and could sell you the Golden Gate Bridge.

Also, if you are not going to vote for him, then you are automatically labeled a racist.  How ignorant is that?!  How can i be racist if I am African American and do not agree with Obama?  I wish my voice could be heard and treated fairly.  People need to grow a backbone and get off the entitlement bandwagon.  Do we really have it that bad?  Compare us to other countries...no we are far from perfect but we have some freedom and can make our own decisions.

I do not know were some of you live but if you would notice, the Democratic party has not been the friend to the black man.  Rev Al Sharpton has recently been quoted as saying that.  They push the race war constantly...it is all about race when it suits them.  The GOP jsut ignores things.  They need to get off their seat and do something.

If someone is qualified, no matter the darkness or lightness of skin OR gender, then it is a no brainer who should be president.  I wish there were other candidates.  I fear for our country and the over analyzing, entitlement, "all about me" attitude it is taking.

October 20, 2008
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Maybe if Obama wasn't so caught up in making everyone happy and getting votes he could afford a little integrity. Worst case scenario you get a very Machiavellian president with some of the most liberal views of any president. Kinda think of it: That's pretty bad. Who wants a president to the extreme right or left?

 

This country really needs an FDR-type president to recover America. I'm not sure either candidate is qualified, but who we put in office is vital to the future of America

October 20, 2008
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Mccain and Palin are not for the American people, they are for themselves. They are against universal healthcare because they call it :"SOCIALISM". This is one area where healthcare should be had by everyone and if that is SOCIALISM, so be it.  We should have it and that's that.  Those people just do not like to help anyone,   Hooray for me and the hell with you.

October 21, 2008
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We have shock jock Howard Stern,prescription drug addict Rush Limbaugh & all those haters at the McCain/Palin rallies,ITS DISGUSTING!!!!!!!

NO MORE BUSH!!!,OR ANYONE ELSE WHO VOTES 90% OF THE TIME WITH HIM.

Palin is setting her OWN agenda!!!! watch out Alaskian next a run for Senate.

  Republicans are jumping off the GOP ship faster than Phelps can swim,at least the inteligent ones are.

October 21, 2008
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Senator McCain speaks often of "victory" in the Iraq war.

Can he please define victory?

 

Over who?

Who signs the treaty?

October 22, 2008
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I would like for someone to ask McCain if he would vote for someone who has let so much hatred come into a campaign ? I understands he is old and this is his last chance, but why tear apart  America , we have spent many years trying to make life better for all here in America. Why take us on a dark path , please take the high road, I understand you want to win, however, we need America to stand  strong , stand up and take back  are standing in the world. That comes from are diversity and understanding of other  racial cultures, America a melting pot. I am very proud to be an American, but I wonder how proud could you really feel about the way you are conducting  your campaign?

October 23, 2008
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I love you reallfedup.  In my travels I have come to  some very alarming conclusions.  I will state them as follows:

 

Obama is a media puppet, who is an illusion.  He went to a private elite school in h.s and then went to harvard probably because of his race. (the Black American experience, I don't think so) He is more white then most rich Republicans)

Most far left people are ignorant Dems who have social issues of their own and can only hide behind their computers.

Most liberal Dems where the geek, fat kid or loser with no friends in school. And could never stand up for them selfs and still can't.  McCain represents the popular kid who stood up for what he beleived and would and has fought for his country

 

Biden is correct when he said the world will test Obama.  Do you know why he said that?  Because Obama is like a made up Character, he has no experience, he has been living in an elitest environment his whole life. 

 

This whole election is the hippy generations 2nd wind.

It's so sickening seeing the entire media industry demize this country.  It makes me think that the Democratic party really wants to destroy this country.

October 24, 2008

I would like to invite you to a new forum called http://www.viewmyviews.com

 

Thank you

April

October 27, 2008
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As we all know, Sen. Obama is showing a 6-10 point lead in most polls. After careful consideration, reasoning and exploring in detail the make up of the Electoral College, I have come to the decision that Sen. Obama will not win the presidency. I am on a limb here. Most pundits and the popular opinion is that Sen. Obama will win, so I am on a limb here. Here is my logic...

 

President Bush has the lowest approval rating of any President since Nixon during Watergate. In fact, Pres. Bush's approval rating is lower than Nixon's right before he resigned. Prior to the financial crisis, Sen. Obama enjoyed a 5-6 point lead following his convention. This lead was evaporated immediately after the Republican convention and the announcement of Sarah Palin. A few weeks later, Wall Street crashed and polls showed Sen. Obama with a 6-10 point lead, which he is still enjoying in most reputable polls.

 

Follow me here...

 

After eight years of Bush and considering how hugely unpopular Bush is, this was the year for a Democrat to walk-into the White House. However, prior to the Democratic Convention, Sen. Obama's lead in polls hovered around 3-4 points (within margin of error) basically a statistical dead tie with Sen. McCain. After the Republican Convention and Sarah Palin, that lead disappeared, in fact, McCain/Palin started to lead in the polls by 3-5 percentage points. Again, virtually a dead heat. So, even with the hatred of Pres. Bush and the "Republicans" Sen. Obama never really enjoyed a considerable lead in the polls. The 5-10 point advantage that he is enjoying now is a direct result of "in the moment politics." Say you had a very bad experience with McDonald's earlier in the day and when you got home you got a survey call about McDonald's. Obviously, your opinions will not be favorable in that moment.

 

Remember, President Clinton's war room slogan in 1992. Yeah, it's the economy stupid. MONEY TALKS. After watching  401K portfolios and investment portfolios evaporate on Wall Street people are naturally angry and have every right to be so. They may not be right, but anger is not up for debate. When people are angry we want to punish or get back at someone or some organization. I am suggesting to you that the significant lead Sen. Obama is enjoying over the past 2 weeks is a direct result of people being surveyed during the middle of a economic/money meltdown. Who would not want change after losing thousands of dollars in days? Who do you get angry at or want to punish during bad economic times? Most voters blame and want to punish the incumbent president, whether Democrat or Republican. I have come to the conclusion that this is exactly what is going on now. People are saying they will vote for Sen. Obama when called by pollsters because they are freshly angry. Also, remember New Hampshire during the Democratic Primaries? The night before the election, these same polls showed Sen. Obama leading by double digits. Hillary won New Hampshire. People can say whatever they want about who they are voting for, then vote for the opposite candidate when in the privacy of the voting booth. It is almost illegal to say you are voting for McCain in certain cities, neighborhood's or sociopolitical settings because Pres. Bush is so unpopular right now. Blacks feel they must say the are voting for Sen. Obama, even though they may not agree with his policies...say on abortion or marriage to name two. Whites feel they must say they are voting for Sen. Obama because saying otherwise would make them look racist. But while in the privacy of the voting booth, who knows?

 

Here is my forecast...

 

By the end of the week we will start to see those poll numbers begin to even out back to the way it was prior to the financial meltdown. This week the Republicans and their surrogates will go on the offensive reminding people that if Sen. Obama wins, Democrats will control the white house and congress. This country is still split about even between Democrats and Republicans and idea that Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid running the congress with a filibuster proof majority and a Democrat in the white house will distort the balance of power in our government. Other's argue that a one-party rule government is just what we need to finally get things done without opposition or Senate deadlocks. Both positions have merit in my eyes.

 

This author is apolitical in the sense that I do not vote. However, while I am a conservative by nature, I do not feel that conservatism will disappear with the election of Sen. Obama. Most people are conservatives naturally. But since I do not vote, I am likely to support Sen. McCain's domestic agenda over Sen. Obama's. I have to admit that I am uneasy about some of the tough talk Sen. McCain is spewing about Russia and Iran for example. For me to say I am totally for Sen. Obama would be a direct result of polls and popular opinion. Popular opinions are not based on facts. For the most part they are based on emotions.

 

Remember the polls that showed President, George W. Bush with a 95% approval rating shortly after 9/11?

November 1, 2008
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I still can't for the life of me understand why people are questioning Obama's integrity and character?  Not one time has he brought up the Keating 5 scandal that McCain was involved in.  Obama is a rock of integrity.  I applaud him !

November 5, 2008
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Well, America, hold your loved ones close.  Cherish the time you have together, once our troops get pulled out, there will be another attack on our country.  For the last 7 years, we've been in their business, and we've been "safe".  Now that someone with absolutely NO MILITARY experience running our country, all we can do is pray, oh wait, am I allowed to do that?  Or is someone going to be offended?  So, since my hubby and I are both military and can be deployed over there at a minimum of 30 days notice, I say to you, Obama supporters, let the ones over there protecting YOUR freedoms decide when to come home.  How many of you are spoiled little college kids who can't do some simple research and see that an election isn't about color, it's about who's got the experience to help this country and protect it.  I keep hearing "it's time for a black president".  WTF does that mean?  That says to me racists don't believe a "white" man can run our country.  How racist is it to vote for someone based on their COLOR!?  I heard it all day on the radio at work yesterday, and oh by the way, a woman with an OBAMA sticker went out of her way to try and run me off the road on 294 here in IL.  80MPH and she's swerving at me giving me a thumbs down sign because I have a McCain sticker on my car.  It's the only sticker on my car, except for my Military base decal, which she can't see from my bumper.  This election was a joke, the real issues weren't looked at by a lot of voters.  If you wanted "change" so bad, you should've voted "Independant".  Did you even know the third party's name?  He's ran in the last 4 or 5 elections.  Do you know who HE is?

November 10, 2008
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President elect Obama be true to yourself and the Creator. Do not let Washington and the movers and shakers co-opt your path. Deal with the realities, but from your standpoint and do not be afraid not to go with the advice that you are given. Do not buy in to the manipulation of other. The priorities your have already outlined are right on point.

Good luck and may the guiding force of the universe brighten your way.

November 10, 2008
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right on Kathy78!

what grinds my pudding is that in about 1767 put to parchment paper that no person not born of American soil can not run or be in any Government office nor be president now whom is the person permitted to see secret papers of our country?you all got it a none American

not the color that has nothing to bare in this but not an American? well!

November 17, 2008
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"RACE HAS BEEN, IS NOW AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FACTOR HERE IN THE U.S.A.NO MATTER WHAT THE CASE IS

WHY ELSE WOULD WE WANT TO KNOW WHO C. POWELL IS GOING TO BACK. IF HE BACKS OBAMA IT WILL BE SAID THAT HE IS ONLY BACKING HIM BECAUSE HE IS A BLACK MAN. AND IF HE BACKS J. McCAIN HE WILL BE CALLED AN UNCLE TOM. ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHITE AND BLACK THAT ARE RACIST, THERE ARE FAR MORE WHITE RACIST THAN THERE ARE BLACK ONES. BLACK PEOPLE TEND TO EXCEPT PEOPLE OF ANY RACE MORE THAN WHITE PEOPLE DO. IT IS THE NORM! AND THAT IS A SAD, SAD FACT OF THE LIVES THAT WE LIVE HERE IN THE GOOD OLD U S OF A."

AWT-You should be ashamed.......

The fact that you would even think that one race is more racist than another makes you just as racist as the people you are talking about.  That's the kind of attitude that keeps racism alive and makes the "white folk" feel the way they do.  What study are you basing your OPINION on?  What geographical area?  I've been stationed all over this great country, TX, NC, WA, MD, IL, FL, CA, and driven through just about every other state(except AK and HI) and there are areas where white people aren't "recommended" to go.  Unless you are in KKK country or skinhead alley, how many communites are there, where black people are scared to go?  So don't you dare say there are more racist whites than there are blacks.  I think we are pretty even across the board.  One more thing, it's not just whites and blacks that are racist, America is a melting pot of races.  Been to TX or FL lately?  One more reason that YOU are the true racist, everything ISN'T in black and white.  I'm tired of hearing it.  Get over it.  You are so much better than me that you call yourself "African American" instead of just an American.  I was born here, raised here, I'm not an "Irish American", you put yourself in a different catagory that way, like you don't want to be grouped with the rest of us.  Talk about racist, if you were born on African soil, then fine, but if you were born on American soil, you are an American.  Don't church it up.

March 18, 2009
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That is not what the economy wont's to hear after the economy is in bad shape.

 

They get bonus at AIG when the economy is in bad shape. At other jobs we don't get bonus, raises, we don't get our 5 days no more that's not fare.

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