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You’re grounded…

Well you know what they say about politics: Keep your friends close and boot your enemies off the plane

From Drudge:

The Obama campaign has decided to heave out three newspapers from its plane for the final days of its blitz across battleground states — and all three endorsed Sen. John McCain for president!

The NY POST, WASHINGTON TIMES and DALLAS MORNING NEWS have all been told to move out by Sunday to make room for network bigwigs — and possibly for the inclusion of reporters from two black magazines, ESSENCE and JET, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

Despite pleas from top editors of the three newspapers that have covered the campaign for months at extraordinary cost, the Obama campaign says their reporters — and possibly others — will have to vacate their coveted seats so more power players can document the final days of Sen. Barack Obama’s historic campaign to become the first black American president.

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Some told the DRUDGE REPORT that the reporters are being ousted to bring on documentary film-makers to record the final days; others expect to see on board more sympathetic members of the media, including the NY TIMES’ Maureen Dowd, who once complained that she was barred from McCain’s Straight Talk Express airplane.

After a week of quiet but desperate behind-the-scenes negotiations, the reporters of the three papers heard last night that they were definitely off for the final swing. They are already planning how to cover the final days by flying commercial or driving from event to event.

Just another sneak peak at what we can expect with an Obama presidency. Where is all that tolerance the libs are always preaching to us about?

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Lies and prying eyes

Looks like the ODJFS had more of an interest in Joe the Plumber than we had previously thought. From The Columbus Dispatch:

Helen Jones-Kelley, director of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, disclosed today that computer inquiries on Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher were not restricted to a child-support system.

The agency also checked Wurzelbacher in its computer systems to determine whether he was receiving welfare assistance or owed unemployment compensation taxes, she wrote.

Jones-Kelley made the revelations in a letter to Ohio Senate President Bill M. Harris, R-Ashland, who demanded answers on why state officials checked out Wurzelbacher.

Harris called the multiple records checks “questionable” and said he awaits more answers. “It’s kind of like Big Brother is looking in your pocket,” he said.

Oh but Helen has a perfectly reasonable explanation…. she was merely doing her job:

“Given our understanding that Mr. Wurzelbacher had publicly indicated that he had the means to purchase a substantial business enterprise, ODJFS, consistent with past departmental practice, checked confidential databases ,” she wrote.

“Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention which suggests that the person appears to have available financial resources, the Department risks justifiable criticism if it fails to take note and respond,” Jones-Kelley wrote.

Naturally. Certainly the first thing that came to MY mind after Wurzelbacher’s chat with Obama was whether Jones-Kelley and her peeps over at the department were properly executing their duties.

Seriously folks, we’ve all dealt with government agencies from time to time. Have you EVER known a bureaucrat to jump on a case that quickly? The word “socialism” had barely even left Joe’s mouth before the bits and bytes were flying over at the ODJFS.

Now note the next sentence:

The results of the searches were not publicly released and remain confidential, she wrote.

Oh really? Let’s look at that in light of her previous statement: “Not surprisingly, when a person behind in child support payments or receiving public assistance is receiving significant media attention…” Looks to me as if this is her wink-nudge way of suggesting that Joe IS, in fact, behind on child support or HAD received public assistance. For someone who has vowed to keep this stuff under wraps, she certainly seems to be floating that impression out there.

But hey, maybe we should give the woman the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps the accusations of partisan motives are, in fact, unfounded.

If only it weren’t for this one little minor detail:

Jones-Kelly also has denied any connections between the computer checks on Wurzelbacher and her support for Obama. She donated the maximum $2,500 this year to the Obama campaign.

Ahhhhh… let’s clear the woman’s good name and move on then. Obviously this is all just a misunderstanding…

The irony of all this is that libs have always hemmed and hawed about the intrusion into their private lives that supposedly occurs during a Republican presidency. Yet when an aspiring businessman dares to question the Chosen One’s motives on his tax plan, it takes less than 24 hours for liberal government employees and the MSM to start bulldozing into his personal and financial life. Very reminiscent of the Clinton years… and the Boy Wonder is not even president yet.

But just wait until he is



In his own radical words

Lest there be any remaining doubt as to what really goes on in the mind of Barack Obama, we now have audio from a Chicago Public Radio interview with the Comrade himself back in 2001. This man is actually quite scary… and as you’ll hear, the idea of wealth redistribution is much more than just a “distraction” for him. It’s a core belief that drives everything he does. In fact, the only distraction from his standpoint seems to be the Constitution itself.

Here’s the audio:

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iivL4c_3pck]

Stay with me folks because we have a little more audio to go through if you can stomach it. Listen to this next clip as Barack describes what he sees as a “fundamental flaw” in the thinking of our Founding Fathers as they framed our Constitution. And keep in mind as you hear him speak that we are very likely to have this man in the Oval Office soon with a Democratic congress at his disposal. And the ability to appoint Supreme Court Justices.

[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11OhmY1obS4]

With all his talk of change, Obama’s ideas are not new at all… they are at least 150 years old and incidentally, did not originate in America. Consider the following quote:

The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles.

Sound familiar? It’s the opening line to the first chapter of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. For decades we have had a major political party that has built an entire platform around these “class struggles”… separating Americans into classes and then pitting one class against the other. Soon this party may very well have a rubber stamp to get whatever they want… unimpeded.

Change is indeed coming, folks…



Say it ain’t socialism, Joe

Just when we were convinced that the entire media was in the tank for Barack Obama, a truly magical moment occurs. Reporter Barbara West at Orlando TV station WFTV interviewed VP candidate Joe Biden this past Thursday. As most of us know, interviews with local small-time media outlets are usually a cakewalk for Democratic candidates. Five minutes of softball questions from a gushing anchor-babe (or anchor-dude) is usually par for the course.

Not this time.  A tenacious West went straight for the jugular… and in a couple of instances even managed to remove the condescending smile from Biden’s face.  Before proceeding further let’s watch the YouTube clip:

Pwned! The Karl Marx question in particular was absolute perfection, folks. A true work of art.  It was the zinger I’ve always wanted to hear posed to a Democrat candidate  — and never thought I’d hear in this lifetime.  

West not only references Marxism here, but she actually recites the very quote from the founder himself that was to become the cornerstone of socialist philosophy — “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need.” In the process she makes it blatantly obvious to anyone with ears that this is also the cornerstone of the Democratic platform. That was pure gutsy brilliance.

Biden’s annoyed response said it all: “Are you joking?… Is that a real question?” In other words: “Why the hell are you ASKING me a real question? Is this not local TV news?  Do you not know your place?  Who are YOU, little Ms. small-time anchorette, to be asking ME the one question that not even the BIG media dares to ask?  Amateur.”

Of course, we can expect the MSM and lib pundits to start digging into West’s background in coming days if they haven’t done so already. They don’t take kindly to folks who threaten to hurt the Chosen One’s chances.  Sarah Palin and Joe Wurzelbacher will be the first to tell you…

But make no mistake, this was an Atlas Shrugged kind of moment. I could almost picture John Galt lurking somewhere in the shadows at WFTV. Barbara West deserves a raise and promotion for that one. At the very least I see an anchor job at Fox News network in her future. As with Joe the Plumber, the veil was lifted… if only for an instant. Wonderful to behold.



Ya betcha it’s socialism

After several frustrating years of watching a timid GOP walk on eggshells when it came to the time-honored Democrat practice of wealth re-distribution, it appears that they are finally starting to call it what it is. First John McCain, and now Sarah Palin (who ROCKED on SNL this weekend, BTW) is starting to use the dreaded “S” word when referring to Obama’s tax plan. And to think it took an aspiring plumber to get the ball rolling:

At an airport rally in Roswell, N.M. on Sunday afternoon, the Republican vice presidential nominee once again invoked Joe Wurzelbacher, now widely known as “Joe the Plumber,” pushing Wurzelbacher’s contention that Obama’s tax plan sounded like socialism – a point also invoked by Sen. John McCain on Sunday.

“Senator Obama said he wants to quote ‘spread the wealth.’ What that means is he wants government to take your money and dole it out however a politician sees fit,” Palin said, drawing boos from the crowd of several thousand.

“But Joe the Plumber and Ed the Dairy Man, I believe that they think that it sounds more like socialism,” Palin added, referring to both Wurzelbacher and a man holding a sign reading “Ed the Dairy Man” in the crowd. “Friends, now is no time to experiment with socialism. To me, our opponent plans sounds more like big government, which is the problem. Bigger government is not the solution.”

Keep it up guys. Wear the word out even. And when Obama and liberal pundits start whining that you are using the term too much, use it even more. Because in this matter the Boy Wonder and his Dem pals have no defense. Taking money from a higher income bracket and giving it to a lower one (better known as “spreading the wealth around”) IS socialism.  Always has been. Always will be. No nuances. No grey areas. Thank you Joe, for having the guts to point that out — and right to Barry’s face no less. And kudos to John McCain for having the sense to take that ball and run with it (I imagine it took very little prodding to convince Sarah).

After years of eluding us like the freakin’ yeti, are we finally starting to see something resembling a conservative platform in the GOP?  I’ll tell you this much, if McCain had been doing this kind of stuff all along we would see a much different story in the polling data. The center is Obama’s game, and he’s much better at it than McCain (better at sounding like he’s a centrist I mean). If Johnny wants us to fight with him he needs to move further to the right and use his VP candidate to her fullest capacity. We only fight when we have a clearly defined enemy. Socialism fits the bill quite nicely, dontcha think? Ya betcha.



The Stoning of a president

How accurate is Oliver Stone’s new movie about George W. Bush?  Why not ask someone who grew up with the man? The Washington Times recently had a few words with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush regarding his views on the biopic (which opens today)… and not surprisingly, little bro’ is not impressed.

Oliver Stone has proclaimed that his new feature film “W.” aims to be an “empathetic” psychological portrait of President Bush.

The president’s younger brother has a different impression.

At the heart of “W.,” opening nationally in theaters Friday, is a psychological portrait of George W. Bush as living perpetually in the shadow of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and driven to invade Iraq at least in part by a desire to prove he is as tough as the elder statesman.

The Oedipal rivalry is high-grade, unadulterated hooey,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush told The Washington Times.

Well, you know what they say: One man’s art is another man’s unadulterated hooey.

The WT continues:

Exploring such a complicated family dynamic might have benefited from direct conversations with, say, the president’s younger brother who, in the telling of Mr. Stone and his “W.” screenwriter, Stanley Weiser, was regarded by his parents as the more promising sibling.

I didn’t receive a call,” Jeb Bush said.

Hmmmmm… I’m sure Ollie just lost the guy’s number.

So if Stone didn’t talk to Jeb or anyone close to George Bush in the making of this film, where exactly did he get his information?

The collaborators, who did not return calls seeking comment from The Times to the agency that is spearheading publicity for the film in the Washington, D.C., area, appear to have relied heavily on secondary sources such as Bob Woodward’s “State of Denial” and Stephen Mansfield’s “The Faith of George W. Bush.”

Mr. Weiser told Reuters news agency earlier this year that he read 17 books about the president while researching the film.

17 BOOKS, folks!  Now THAT’S research.  Who needs first-hand sources when you’ve got Woodward and Mansfield?  Who needs that tedious process of picking up the phone and calling a few people who actually KNEW and TALKED to George Bush on a daily freakin’ basis when everything you could ever want is in the bargain bin at the Barnes and Noble?

For those who are planning on seeing this movie, I would not only advise watching it with a grain of salt, I would suggest bringing the whole damn container — the one with the little girl holding the umbrella. Because however well crafted this movie may be (and Stone is talented in that area) it is likely to have little bearing on reality. Oliver Stone tends to give us Oliver Stone’s version of the story.

We’re talking about the same directer, after all, who’s botching of the Jim Morrison story led former Doors keyboardist Ray Manzerek to later say “The guy I knew was not on that screen.” The other remaining band-members were none too happy either — and this after Ray and the boys had provided extensive consultation to Stone throughout the making of the film.

So if it’s an honest intimate portrayal of the man called George W. Bush you are seeking, this pile of cinematic horsesqueeze called ‘W’ ain’t gonna give it to you. You’ll have to look elsewhere if you want to separate the myth from the man.

Try calling Jeb for starters — he’d be happy to talk to you.



Debatable truths

A quick synopsis on last night’s debate: As we had hoped, McCain came out swinging. And for the first time in any of the three presidential debates, millions of Americans finally got to see the Boy Wonder squirm a little… not to mention lie through his teeth. At this point it won’t mean much as far as the outcome of this election, but satisfying to see nonetheless.

McCain came down particularly hard on Obama over his ACORN and Ayers ties. This resulted in nothing less than some bonafide fibs being uttered on national TV by the cornered Democratic candidate .

First, Obama’s response to McCain’s ACORN allegations:

The only involvement I’ve had with ACORN is, I represented them alongside the U.S. Justice Department in making Illinois implement a motor voter law that helped people get registered at DMVs.

“Only involvement”? Not quite. As Factcheck.org reminds us:

He did, but that wasn’t his only involvement. He also worked closely with ACORN’s Chicago office when he ran a Project Vote registration drive after law school, and Obama did some leadership training for Chicago ACORN. The Woods Fund, where Obama served as a board member, gave grants to ACORN’s Chicago branch; both organizations are concerned with disadvantaged populations in that city. And during the primaries of this election, Obama’s campaign paid upwards of $800,000 to the ACORN-affiliated Campaign Services Inc. for get-out-the-vote efforts (not voter registration). Those services were initially misrepresented on the campaign’s Federal Election Commission reports, an error that some find suspicious and others say is par for the course. ACORN’s Chicago office and CSI have not been under investigation.

Well ok there was that.

Regarding terrorist Bill Ayers (oh, yes he is) here’s part of the exchange that took place between the candidates:

MCCAIN: Well, again, while you were on the board of the Woods Foundation, you and Mr. Ayers, together, you sent $230,000 to ACORN. So — and you launched your political campaign in Mr. Ayers’ living room.

OBAMA: That’s absolutely not true.

Well… it kinda is, Senator Barry. At least according to the NY Times:

It was later in 1995 that Mr. Ayers and Ms. Dohrn hosted the gathering, in their town house three blocks from Mr. Obama’s home, at which State Senator Alice J. Palmer, who planned to run for Congress, introduced Mr. Obama to a few Democratic friends as her chosen successor.

Ed Morrisey sums it all up:

Unfortunately for Obama, those are the facts, both about Ayers and ACORN. Obama paid ACORN over $800,000 this summer for GOTV efforts, which Obama now denies, although he did finally admit that he represented ACORN as an attorney in a lending-practices case. Obama did launch his career at a party hosted by Ayers, which is such a matter of public record that I’m frankly surprised he bothered to deny it.

We’re not surprised. Not that any of this will prevent the Golden One from sailing on to victory next month. But at least he was finally put on the spot last night over some of his unsavory ties. See how easy that was, Johnny?

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-- Cartoon by Eric Allie