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Barack Obama stirred the pot and served up a fresh dose of racial paranoia to a hungry crowd at a campaign town-hall meeting in Springfield, MO.

“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Is this an example of that “Obama high road” I keep hearing about?

Mind you, this is not the first time the candidate has seen fit to mention his race. On at least three other occasions he has made it a point to draw attention to his skin color and/or upbringing.

Here he is speaking in Germany last week:

I know that I don’t look like the Americans who’ve previously spoken in this great city.

Another comment from Jacksonville, FL back in June:

They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black? He’s got a feisty wife.

And yet another gem uttered in Chicago:

They’re going to try to make me into a scary guy. They’re even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right? And so that drumbeat – ‘we’re not sure if he’s patriotic or not; we’re not sure if he is too black.’

I don’t know, before I wasn’t black enough,” said Obama. “‘Now he might be too black. We don’t know whether he’s going to socialize – well, who knows what.’

And the “drumbeat” goes on.

So just what is this obsession with race, Sen. Obama? Nobody from the opposing campaign has yet mentioned that you are black or that you don’t “look like” others… YOU are the only one who keeps placing that little detail front and center. In fact, despite all your warnings we don’t seem to be hearing these sentiments expressed by anyone but you. We certainly haven’t been hearing it from McCain or the standing President.

One thing you say here is true… you don’t look like George Washington… or Abe Lincoln… or Andrew Jackson… or Ulysses S. Grant. But it’s not for the reasons you are implying. These men earned a place on our currency because they possessed character, depth, vision and leadership — qualities you can only stare at from afar. But let’s not overlook another glaringly obvious reason you don’t “look like all those other presidents”… you are NOT a president. Yet again you have managed to very shrewdly place yourself in that noble company as if it’s a given.

Your Barrogance is showing, Senator.



Jim Webb aide found dead
July 30, 08, 2:43 pm
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Not many details on this story yet so all I’m going to say at this point is…. hmmmmmmm….

ROANOKE, Va., July 30 (UPI) — An aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was found shot to death beside his car on a Virginia highway, police said.

Fred Hutchins Jr., 26, of Roanoke, Va., was in charge of Webb’s office in the southwest part of the state. Investigators have not determined whether his death was suicide, the Roanoke Times reported Wednesday.

Hutchins got into politics working for Onzlee Ware, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. Ware told WDBJ-TV, Roanoke, that Hutchins developed an interest in politics at an early age, describing their first meeting.

“At 13 years old, Fred had political cards, and it said Fred W. Hutchins Jr., Political Consultant … at 13,” says Ware. “So then he announced to me that one day he knew I was going to run for public office and when that day came he was going to be my campaign manager.”



Here we come to save the day

No need to learn responsibility, homeowners… Uncle Sam’s got your back. By dawn’s early light and to the singing of birds, the Prez posted your bail this morning:

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Wednesday signed a massive housing bill intended to provide mortgage relief for 400,000 struggling homeowners and stabilize financial markets.

Bush signed the bill without any fanfare or signing ceremony, affixing his signature to the measure he once threatened to veto, in the Oval Office in the early morning hours. He was surrounded by top administration officials, including Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing Secretary Steve Preston.

Full story below:

President Bush Signs Housing Bill to Provide Mortgage Relief, Stabilize Markets



Obama says no to reparations… in a yes kind of way

The Golden One weighed in on the issue of reparations while speaking to a cheering crowd of minority journalists at the UNITY ’08 convention in Chicago on Sunday:

“I personally would want to see our tragic history, or the tragic elements of our history, acknowledged,” the Democratic presidential hopeful said.

“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”

Ah, and what would those deeds include?  Behold, my friends, the mind of a Democrat:

You know, the fact is, is that dealing with some of the legacy of discrimination is going to cost billions of dollars. And we’re not going to be able to have that kind of resource allocation, unless all Americans feel that they are invested in making this stuff happen. And so, you know, I’m much more interested in talking about how do we get every child to learn, how do we get every person healthcare, how do we make sure that everybody has a job, how do we make sure that every senior citizen can retire with dignity and respect. And if we have a program, for example, of universal healthcare, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because they’re disproportionately uninsured. If we’ve got an agenda that says every child in America should get—should be able to go to college, regardless of income, that will disproportionately affect people of color, because it’s oftentimes our children who can’t afford to go to college.

To paraphrase what Obama is saying here: “Listen folks, Joe Taxpayer isn’t going to be too keen on forking up money for reparations to specific minority groups. At least not in a formal manner. But not to worry — MY administration is going to GIVE everyone universal healthcare. MY administration is going to GIVE every child a college education. And since minority groups are most in need of these things they will benefit most from these programs. Furthermore since Joe Taxpayer is going to be footing the bill… Voila! You have your reparations!”

So what we have here is a very Clintonesque solution. Rather than offer a direct apology and announce an official reparations program, just offer a little wink and nudge to let minority groups know that a more discreet form of justice is about to come their way.

Pretty shrewd that Barack. You libs who mourn for the ’90s need not fear… this boy is bringing slick back.



The beautiful mind of a House Speaker

Ever wanted to peek into the head of Nancy Pelosi — just to aim an X-ray through the ol’ botox and see what swims around in that cerebral cortex of hers? David Rogers at Politico has written a little piece that touches upon her ambitions, her hopes… and her predilection for coordinates:

“I have always loved longitude,” Nancy Pelosi says before breaking into laughter. “I love latitude; it’s in the stars. But longitude, it’s about time. … Time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.”

Time is indeed fascinating. Here’s a fun and interesting exercise: look at the clock on your wall right now.  See that ‘seconds’ hand ticking off?  With each tick, a group of lawmakers at 38 latitude and 77 longitude have spent another dollar of your tax money! And you thought science wasn’t cool…

Now let’s have a look at Pelosi’s take on a debate that rages in the hallowed halls of Congress at this very moment — the energy crisis:

With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.

I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

This, folks, is Section X: Page 12 of the Democrat playbook: Pretend you’re the lone champion of a healthy earth and the only party who cares about clean air and water. Then use that position to self-righteously defend any attempts to actually ease the burdens you have placed on everyday Americans through past do-gooder legislation.

But let’s not assume the woman is shallow. As we’ll soon see, there are many layers to the onion that is Nancy Pelosi. In addition to a penchant for science, the House leader has a literary side:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) promoted futurists such as Alvin Toffler; Pelosi sails the mythical voyages of Italian novelist Umberto Eco.

In case you’re not familiar with this author, he is an expert on medieval aesthetics who has described the Middle Ages as “a geometrically rational schema of what beauty ought to be, and on the other [hand] the unmediated life of art with its dialectic of forms and intentions”. This echos what I and I’m sure many of you have thought about that period as well.

But lest you assumed Democrats were dry and boring… they do have a sense of humor:

The Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez is such a favorite that Pelosi’s staffers joke about what she would do if the Nobel laureate were to call about the Colombian Trade Agreement bottled up in the House.

Ba dump bump!

Pelosi then goes on to defend her endorsement of an alternate energy plan crafted by the Democrat’s favorite sworn enemy-turned-friend, T. Boone Pickens:

“We find our common ground on reducing our dependence on foreign oil, and he is a visionary for the future in terms of wind power,” Pelosi says of Pickens.

Hey it always helps to draw upon your area of expertise. Bush knows oil, Nancy and her gang know wind

To put her next statement in perspective, let’s turn to Section IV, Page 7 of that same dog-eared playbook: Reference the children, the poor and the elderly as often as possible and pronounce your opponents the diabolical foes of these groups.

“Listen,” she laughs, “I go on the floor of the House every day and deal with people who don’t want to give health care to poor little children in America. We’re trying to get a job done. This is a giant kaleidoscope. One day you and I are on the same side. The next day it’s the two of us against you.”

Close your playbooks, please.  If nothing else is learned here we at least see that Democrats have become a complete caricature of themselves. I’m talking about the cheesy, airbrushed state-fair variety. This is the type of Democrat thinking that Joe Lieberman has so adamantly railed against in recent opinion pieces.

Here’s a way you can really help, Nancy… and I’ll put it in terms that you understand. The parents of these “poor little children” would like to be able to commute back and forth to their jobs without spending a week’s worth of grocery money on gas. Are you going to look these children in the eyes and tell them their mommies and daddies are going to have to to wait for the wind to blow? Or are you going to lift a ridiculous ban that prevents us from utilizing our own resources — resources that China and Cuba are now tapping into just 50 miles off OUR shores –so that these children can maybe have a little more food on their table?

Just using some of your own heartstring persuasion tactics here, Speaker Pelosi. This is actually kind of fun.

Now, look into those sad little eyes, Nancy, and give these children an answer…



Home, sweet subsidized home

Ever know one of those idiot families who live so far beyond their means that just one missed paycheck could literally send them into a financial tailspin?  Well, thanks to those infinitely compassionate men and women in Washington, your hard-earned green may soon be subsidizing the home-loans of these boneheads! Not only that but you get the chance to bail out your beloved Aunt Fannie and Uncle Freddie! And Congress gets to take all the credit! Isn’t that nifty?

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — As the economy continues to wilt under the housing market’s strain, beleaguered homeowners, the housing industry, Congress, regulators and others are awaiting President Bush’s signature on massive legislation that promises relief.

As of Monday morning, the president had yet to receive the housing bill, which he intends to sign, according to the White House. On Saturday, the Senate cleared the legislation, which is designed to prop up the struggling U.S. market and put in place a backstop for mortgage buyers Fannie Mae  and Freddie Mac.

The housing bill allows homeowners who cannot afford their monthly payments to refinance into government-backed loans through the Federal Housing Administration. Also included in the bill is a plan from Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that extends a line of credit to Fannie and Freddie, the government-sponsored mortgage-finance titans. The bill gained momentum as worries about the health of Fannie and Freddie spread.

So the next time you see your neighbor polishing that Sea-Doo he financed with money he didn’t possess, be sure to give yourself a smile and a hearty pat on the back for allowing him to keep his house. You earned it!

Story below:

Housing bill awaits president’s signature



Skipping the soldiers

After delivering the warm-fuzzy Kum Ba Yah speech of the millennium in Berlin on Thursday where Barack Obama essentially promised to give the world… the WORLD, today many are abuzz after the candidate decided to cancel a previously scheduled trip to visit American soldiers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The change in itinerary was caused, in part by a glitch in Pentagon regulations:

Earlier, the Pentagon cited a Defense Department policy prohibiting military personnel or facilities with partisan of political campaigning or elections, according to Reuters.

We told him he could visit Landstuhl with his Senate staff, but not with his campaign staff,” said Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Hibner.

Actually I’m fine with the change of plans. I wasn’t too keen on the idea of wounded U.S. soldiers being subjected to a photo-op with a grinning self-important puffed-up politician with delusions of grandeur.  But what stood out to me in the explanation offered by Obama’s staff is the admission that this visit IS a campaign trip and not just your run-of the mill overseas trip by a senator. Said spokesman Robert Gibbs:

“The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign,”

Thank you for the clarification Mr. Gibbs. Now we’re on the record. Good luck, Mr. Obama, in your bid to become President of Europe.