Sunday, November 02, 2008
Up close and personal with Palin

iReporter bradbailey has met Michael Phelps, the entire Clinton family , and interviewed celebrities such as Vince Vaughn for


So with just a few days to go before the election, it should (almost) come as no surprise that Bailey was able to have a short chat with Gov. Sarah Palin (and grab a photo with Hank Williams, Jr. ) on the campaign trail. He asked her how more African Americans could be drawn to the Republican party. Check out the video here! Have you had any close encounters with the candidates? Send your photos and video here!


UPDATE: Check out Brad's interview on Headline News here!

November 2, 2008
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November 2, 2008
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I am unable to upload the rest of my elephant pictures as they are getting stuck, this about the 5th time that I have been trying

November 2, 2008
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I agree here are some additions to your list:


One of CNN’s best stated earlier on the Situation Room that the Hillary Robo-call was fair, because it was her own words…I agree. However, in all fairness, in her own words the following needs to be aired and addressed; as it goes to her competence!


Prank radio call or not! She does not have a clue. The only time that her answers are correct, or close to it are when she has been coached and she has rehearsed an answer to the question!


Montreal Radio Prank:


Associated Press:


Is this who we want in a key position to push the button?


John R. Koslek III

Kalamazoo, MI

November 3, 2008
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Sarah Palin almost always never answered the question being asked, but only answered the question she wished she was asked. Sarah Palin was helpful to the McCain campaign until the American people got to know the real her. Palin is negative and divisive. She's full of hatred. Besides the falling of the economy, she's done a great job of destroying McCain's bid. She's not only lack of knowledge, but lack of intelligence and common sense as well. Like John McCain, Palin is out of touch!  She's an insult to the intelligence of the republican party.  What kind of mother would use her child with Down Syndrome to win some votes. Talk about desperate measure. What was she thinking when she brought her youngest on stage? She needs to go back to Alaska and reform her dysfunctional family.

November 3, 2008
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Spot on!


Palin get packin'! See ya!!!! wink wink

November 3, 2008
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Give me a break, she can see Russia from her house also.

And if Ted Stevens wins in Alaska he will be asked to step down and Sarah Palin must put in another person.  Hummm, two dollars says she puts herself in. 


We just can't get rid of her !!!!!

November 3, 2008
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I find it simply amazing you fools latch on to this crap when more importantly Obama has raised serious questions about what he's going to do in office. In an interview with San Fran Chronicle he states that any1 wishing to build a coal plant will go bankrupt under his plan and that under his plan the American people can expect to see energy costs drastically rise. Does he not know the consequences of this extreme plan he has in mind? Coal unions and such are flabbergasted at this latest slip of Obama's real plan and they warn that more than 70,000 jobs in Pennsylvania alone would be lost.  Sen Obama is going extreme ladies and gentlemen wake the f up. What's more amazing to me is that this little crap is covered by the main stream media but not one word about this new slip of Obama's has been mentioned. MSM in the tank for Obama! That's one reason why McCain is more appealing to me.

November 3, 2008
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Another point of interest. It has been estimated that commercial-scale clean-coal power stations (coal-burning power stations with carbon capture and sequestration) cannot be commercially viable and widely adopted before 2020 or 2025. So let's bankrupt the coal industry before they can even get the clean coal going. If you think clean coal will happen in Obama's or McCain's term your dillusional. The problem is under Obama's extreme cap and trade system ( he admits its extreme by saying it goes further than the European's) coal industries will be fined out of existence before they can have the proper technology which as stated above is estimated to be in 2020-25. THAT'S 12-16 YEARS PEOPLE! Obama's plan will be a disaster.

November 3, 2008

Palin is an idiot

November 4, 2008
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Can I vote for a Black man?


Yes. Since they acceded to the right to vote in the United States of America, Black People have always and unconditionally voted for Whites. Whether Democrats or Republicans. They have never been or made a problem with that fact. In our turn, we don’t need to consider race as a refusal to vote for Obama because he’s a Black man.


I'm white American and I'm going to vote for Senator Obama. The skin’s color doesn’t matter. What’s important for the American people is the intelligence, the strong leadership, the charisma and the Obama’s vision for our country.


I urge the American people to think about it. The white skin in power has led many of us Americans in poverty and despair. Many Americans have lost their jobs, their homes and don’t have healthcare coverage. Caen in the Bible has killed his brother Abel. McCain, your own brother, is not far from the braking and the failure of the American dream.


What America will gain with Obama?


The prestige of American democracy, leadership and influence will be restored by voting for Obama, a son of this great country, who has a different color of skin than me and many of us. We are many but, one people. As we have been pioneer by reaching the moon, as well as we will be the first to vote for Obama: A Black African American brilliant president prophesied by Dr. Martin Luther King.


With him, our great and legendary worldwide diplomacy will be restored. Europe, Asia, Australia cooled by the failed Bush administration will be the spearhead and the balance of our foreign trade that can help us make import and export of the American business.


Our economy must have support outside.


With Obama as American president, African leaders will collaborate easily with us than with John McCain. The gold, petroleum, copper, diamond, wood and other African riches will easily come to U.S. Don’t forget that Europe and China has the control of Africa. More than that, China is finding money and wealth in Africa and borrows it with interest in the U.S. With Obama as president of our country, we’ll sell our technology and get from those people a big money to create wealth for our people right here in America.



We will get that part of worldwide market and will be able to develop a true partnership with the African continent more than ever before. This will bring and create jobs and wealth in the USA. That’s why, the African people and the whole world, are closely watching our elections.


It’s a big chance that America can lose if McCain is in power. Because the African American people and all the black people in the world, will feel once again, rejected as everlasting victims of colonialism, injustice and racism from White people.


With McCain as president of the United States of America, we will surely lose Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. And our weak economy will move from bad to worse more than what we have now, after eight years of Bush’s administration. We don’t need to play the race card. Let us play the "unity in the diversity’s card" if we want to win, not only an election, but also, the great challenges that our country is facing with.


Al Quaeda had endorsed McCain. They said that with him, America should expect a military, political and a financial ruin. We Americans can avoid that, by voting for Obama.


Obama isn’t Dr. King. His death will not be unpunished. By doing what some wrong people want to do against Obama, our country will be seen as murderer country in the world for a long time ahead.

November 4, 2008
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I hope the american people relise that they aren't just foting for their president, but also for the man who will dictate the world history for atleast the coming four years.

So I hope they think long and hard before casting their vote today.

It's not just your country, your economy or your wellfare, it is that of the entire world.

November 4, 2008
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there is no wonder that Sen. McCain is a well-tested and experienced man. But experience will not do any good if you follow the same road that most americans took for the last 8 years under the leadership of Pres. Bush. Its difficult to win if you are running on a party that caused much turmoil in the last 8 years... Sen. McCain could have been a stronger candidate if not for the failure of the current administration... Its kinda odd that a presidential candidate of the current administration is behind the race to the white house. It is just a testimony on how dissatisfied most americans in the current administration. Obama benefits from the failure of the current republicans in the white house. But just looking closely into the merits that these men have -

you just have to choose the best among two great men......

November 4, 2008
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If Obama LOSE I might never vote again!!

All the P.U.M.A people DEMS for GOP are crazy

November 4, 2008
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the only reason why mrs plain would not tell us her vote is becuase she most likely voted for obama. knowing she's republican. i have faith in the lord that obama will get it

November 4, 2008
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November 4, 2008
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Several people were voting this morning for McCain / Palin.  Christians are finally taking a stand.  It is time to take our country back.  What an awesome White House it will be.  If you haven't taken the time to vote--head out to the polls.


ladyd2008how can you say you have faith in the Lordwhen everything Obama stands for is anti-Lord.  Abortion, gay marriage, etc.  You need to get on your knees and seek the true god.



ps..I would also work on the profanity a bit.

November 4, 2008
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History in the making. I feel proud to be an American, and I am proud to vote for Barack Obama. I only wish that his Grandmother would have lived to see it. It is a "Great Day" in America! I feel empowered today to cast my vote. Yes I have been voting since I was 18 yrs old.

What a country! United States of America. God Bless America! and God Bless Barack Obama!

November 4, 2008
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There are many people voting for Barack Obama who are Christian.  Let me make this clear. Democrats are pro choice, not pro abortion.  I get very upset with anyone who votes only on their religious stances.  Look at the overall picture, not just one aspect of a candidate.

November 4, 2008
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I also just have to add.  No matter who wins this election we will have a much better leader for this country than we have right now.  All of us need to stand together and support our nations newly elected leader

November 4, 2008
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I agree albrecht11.  It is definately time for a new leader.  However, the stands that Barack takes on live birth abortions is wrong and it should not be supported.  He has no military leadership and he should not be commander in chief without experience.

November 4, 2008
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“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.” Thomas Jefferson


This is an election about Change, a turning point time of change in the lives of all men and all countries. Life is about change and change involves learning, broadening our horizons and changing our minds in the light of new facts.


In this most provocative, stimulating, and frightening election process, where we have spent hours researching the issues and our candidates’ positions on those issues, hours working for our candidate, where we held our breath and prayed for guidance and even miracles, there are few left in the country who do not realize that this is the election of our lives. The America that we were raised to cherish, honor, fight for, and be grateful for every day of our lives, is in crisis on multiple levels and she needs we the voters as much as we need her, indeed, as much as the world needs her.


The news coverage this week provided undeniable acknowledgement of this world wide need for change as country after country expressed their desires for the outcome of our election as though they fervently wished they could step into our voting booths and cast their own vote in our election.


Having invested in our faulty financial and foreign policy systems, they have come to the consensus of opinion that we cannot proceed with the current principles of government  that have destroyed the world economy and concurrently destroyed the foundation America was built on, that all men are created equal.  We are voting to end the two party system, the party of the wealthy who control the world economy, and the party of the rest of us, the working citizens of the world.


As a political person from a political family who ran for public office, among the many who feels betrayed and heartbroken at the condition our country is in, among the many who still cries hearing the National Anthem, watching our flag is being raised or folded over our brave who have given their life to preserve the American way, I finally feel great hope for that way of life that has all but perished. The citizens of the world still hold that hope as they look on, hoping to get to our shores someday for their opportunity to work hard to provide a decent life for themselves and their families, and participate in the crown of American citizenship…the privilege of casting a vote critical to the global community.


Well, here we are Americans. It’s finally time to make the final commitment and cast our votes for whomever we believe will bring the meaning of America back into focus and resolution for its citizens and the world that used to hold our country up as a model of a government worth attaining. 


After all our heated discussions and complaining, in the midst of our concerns and fears about our country’s and the world’s failed economy, the loss of our jobs and pensions, and the legalization of the denial of our constitutional and human rights, our time has come.


Now is the time we can choose hope over fear based on a renewal of commitment and courage as American citizens step up and become proactive about their government by working for their candidate and standing in line for hours to vote.  We are asked to trust that change is coming, that intelligent decision making based on the welfare of the country and its populace, not just the enrichment of the few, will actually take place. 


Let each of us choose whomever we believe will tell us the truth, follow the guidelines of reconstructing America, conscientiously investigate and examine the facts before making Presidential decisions, and has character enough and love enough for our country to work across party lines cooperatively, and consider the wisdom and guidance of our many experienced leaders.


This is your country and your choice America so stand up and make it by casting your vote. During this election where the debacle of four years ago hasn’t been resolved, we still haven’t changed our election process from challenges with malfunctioning machines, circulation of false voting information, emerging voter registration problems, and thousands being denied their voting rights even before the election based on false premises, erroneous lists, and selective denial of electorate populations.


Every vote is urgently needed to offset these election challenges or we may not succeed in turning our country around.  Now is the time to cast fear, tradition, and indoctrination out and change your party affiliation, change your mind, change your convictions, change your life, change yourself and be true to yourself. Be an independent thinker and vote your conscience not that of those who came before you or the group you associate or affiliate with.


Vote your beliefs, vote your gut intuition, vote your informed decision but remember to keep an open and receptive mind while making that choice.


The amazing thing about the human mind is that is it teachable, flexible, changeable, and constantly downloading thousands of bits of new information to digest, internalize, and use as a basis for future decision making.


Yes, we have all been influenced by our family party traditions and biases both intergenerationally and genetically. Yes, we have all been socialized by the age of seven by our schools, the media, and our religious preferences. Yes, we are constantly being bombarded with the beliefs and dispositions of the media, the internet, and our friends and associates. But we have the power to change ….again…. and… again… and again. Life is change not stagnation. Vote your beliefs but make sure they’re yours and not someone else’s.


As humans we have the powers and the responsibility of discernment, judgment, and discrimination. We can learn about the critical matters mankind is facing and judge for ourselves what seems to be the best path available with what is being handed to us by the current administration. It is up to each of us to listen to the candidates with discernment, including the wisdom of our intuition, and then choose which platform is consistent, informed, intelligent, and most in alignment with what we want to see happen in our country.  At this time, we must be discriminating about who and what we vote for in this election.


As a collective group of voters, we certainly haven’t been discriminating in the past. We can no longer afford to “automatically” vote for the familiar good ole boys who have run our country into the ground.  This vote must be a conscious one. No matter which candidate you choose, make it a conscious selection after careful deliberation.


Man’s executive power is will, free will being the gift we were given in order to make our own decisions about what we believe, how we think, and the actions we take. We are free not follow the crowd, not to be influenced by the media, not to repeat our parent’s lives… prejudices and all.


The hope of humanity, especially during this time of radical shift in human consciousness so perfectly choreographed with the shift in the world’s model of government, is that as rational compassionate beings, we can learn new information and new ways of doing things as come to understand and respect different and divergent viewpoints instead of just waging war on anyone who disagrees with us.  The world is begging for a leader who comprehends that on the deepest level of humanity, we are all moving as one toward a common goal.


Every citizen is creating the future of this country by voting his preference or declining to vote in this election to change the conditions of the world.  We’re in the end game, the time of fruition, after working all our lives for a better world for our children that includes and cherishes every creature that inhabits the planet. Our vote in this particular election at this particular time is our opportunity en masse to make a difference for the generations to come.

November 4, 2008
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Who am I? I am a citizen of the United States of America who was born in Arizona and now reside in Washington State. I represent a mother, wife, grandmother, sister, cousin, employee, student, poor, and middle class America. I am one of millions of people that voted early.

As I sit here and watch the CNN reports on the election on November 4, 2008, I am thinking about what we, as a nation, represent globally. Although many thinks come to mind, two stay focused in my mind. The first think that comes to mind is Leadership.

So many of the worlds nations look to the United States of America as, among others things, leaders in economy, tradition, military strength, law, and overall integrity. Many of our nations programs and businesses are modeled by developed and “third world countries”. The strength of our nation’s capability is put in the hands of the future president. Even a stronger statement is the hope of the worlds future is in the hands of the future President of the United States of America. 

The second think is that of diversity. The United States of America is one of the most diverse nations in the world. In this writer’s opinion, if Barack Obama is elected, the most important message globally, is that the United States of America is maturing, evidenced by getting past the racial tensions that have plagued our nation for so long. How important is that thought for the world? The question brings me back to leadership. In that respect, it is very important.

The world is watching, the world is hoping, the world is planning. Are we as a nation strong enough to elect and support a candidate whom, in our history, diverse in whom he is, including the color of his skin and what that represents in history? Have we matured enough to realize the potential of a man who represents a global vision? I hope we are. We are a nation filled with opportunity. Opportunity comes with responsibility. Are we, as a nation, responsible enough to support that change needed not only in our nation but globally? Barack Obama, in this writer’s opinion, is our hope, future, and represents the changes we need as a nation as a leader.

Joe the Plumber talks about principles, he needs to understand what that means. Why is there so much focus on Joe the Plumber? His own life, as many of our own, is filled with inconsistency in relation to principles. 




Humbly, an insignificant/significant voter,


November 4, 2008
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maccian and pelin is crying since morning. thank God for Obama the president of United state of America. up you Barack Obama

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