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31 October 2008

More media.

Charlie Gibson's questions to Obama:
How does it feel to break a glass ceiling?
How does it feel to "win"?
How does your family feel about your "winning" breaking a glass ceiling?
Who will be your VP?
Should you choose Hillary Clinton as VP?
Will you accept public finance?
What issues is your campaign about?
Will you visit Iraq?
Will you debate McCain at a town hall?
What did you think of your competitor's [Clinton] speech?

And the Palin questions:
Do you have enough qualifications for the job you're seeking? Specifically have you visited foreign countries and met foreign leaders?
Aren't you conceited to be seeking this high level job?
Questions about foreign policy
-territorial integrity of Georgia
-allowing Georgia and Ukraine to be members of NATO
-NATO treaty
-Iranian nuclear threat
-what to do if Israel attacks Iran
-Al Qaeda motivations
-the Bush Doctrine
-attacking terrorists harbored by Pakistan
Is America fighting a holy war? [misquoted Palin]

(thanks to eddy b.)

Adler on the Election's effect on the Courts.

Jonathan Adler with National Review Online examines how the courts hang in the balance with the upcoming Presidential election.

30 October 2008

WSJ: Obama's 95% Illusion.

Check out the review of Obama's 95% "tax-cut" in the Wall Street Journal.

An excerpt:
For the Obama Democrats, a tax cut is no longer letting you keep more of what you earn. In their lexicon, a tax cut includes tens of billions of dollars in government handouts that are disguised by the phrase "tax credit. . ."
. . . Here's the political catch. All but the clean car credit would be "refundable," which is Washington-speak for the fact that you can receive these checks even if you have no income-tax liability. In other words, they are an income transfer -- a federal check -- from taxpayers to nontaxpayers. Once upon a time we called this "welfare," or in George McGovern's 1972 campaign a "Demogrant." Mr. Obama's genius is to call it a tax cut.
The Tax Foundation estimates that under the Obama plan 63 million Americans, or 44% of all tax filers, would have no income tax liability and most of those would get a check from the IRS each year. The Heritage Foundation's Center for Data Analysis estimates that by 2011, under the Obama plan, an additional 10 million filers would pay zero taxes while cashing checks from the IRS."

29 October 2008

Michael Malone on Media Bias.

I implore you to read the following piece by ABC columnist Michael Malone on the media's slanted election coverage and reason why.

An excerpt (but please, read the whole article):

No, what I object to (and I think most other Americans do as well) is the lack of equivalent hardball coverage of the other side -- or worse, actively serving as attack dogs for the presidential ticket of Sens. Barack Obama, D-Ill., and Joe Biden, D-Del.

If the current polls are correct, we are about to elect as president of the United States a man who is essentially a cipher, who has left almost no paper trail, seems to have few friends (that at least will talk) and has entire years missing out of his biography.

That isn't Sen. Obama's fault: His job is to put his best face forward. No, it is the traditional media's fault, for it alone (unlike the alternative media) has had the resources to cover this story properly, and has systematically refused to do so.

Why, for example to quote the lawyer for Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., haven't we seen an interview with Sen. Obama's grad school drug dealer -- when we know all about Mrs. McCain's addiction? Are Bill Ayers and Tony Rezko that hard to interview? All those phony voter registrations that hard to scrutinize? And why are Sen. Biden's endless gaffes almost always covered up, or rationalized, by the traditional media?

28 October 2008

Obama & Redistribution of Wealth.

Is it too strong to say that redistribution of wealth is the application of socialism?

27 October 2008

David Brooks: Ceding the Center.

I just finished reading an excellent article by David Brooks in the International Herald Tribune on the third (and centrist) political tendency in The United States' limited two party system. It is very much worth a read.

(Thanks to o wise one.)

25 October 2008

NYT Historical Endorsements.

The New York Times published an interactive timeline of their Presidential endorsements. You may notice that they have endorsed every Democrat candidate since 1960.  What a bold statement of partisan bias.

22 October 2008

President Obama's promised first act.

Through Dan's new blog, I was led to a piece about Obama and abortion. What I did not know, though was both disappointed but unsurprised to learn, was that Obama told Planned Parenthood that "the first thing I'd do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act."

While such a name, like so many things, sounds wonderful, it is in fact all.  An Obama Nation would indeed (and likely will) be an abomination.  (Sorry, I've been waiting to use that homophonic phrase).  This man is just so, so left. Anyway, I encourage you to read more here.

20 October 2008

Philemon 1:4-7.


Today the reading for The Journey struck a chord with me.  Part of the passage was Philemon 1:4-7:
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ. I have had great joy and encouragement because of your love, for the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
This prayer challenges me very deeply. If someone remembers me in their prayer, would this be the context? Would such a person thank God for their great joy and encouragement that came from my love for them? To be honest, I doubt it. I hope on some level some people out there would. However, I'm not so sure that my faith in Christ or my love for His saints always stand out as the defining bedrock of my character. My new prayer for myself is that God would mold me into a person whom would have resonance with the above prayer from Paul. If I pop up in your mind during your own prayers and your thought isn't to thank God for my refreshing upon your life, feel free to intercede for me that in time I would be such a friend and brother in Christ. I would be eternally grateful.

18 October 2008

The new MacBook.


Last Wednesday I went and picked up the new MacBook (the first day it arrived in stores).  I've been waiting for it to come out since late last year and have been religiously following the main Apple rumor sites.  To say that this new notebook meets my expectations would be an understatement.  It is beautiful.  It is beyond well-made: it is manufactured at level unheard of and unmatched.  An industry-first, it is literally made out of a solid block of aluminum.  The performance?  Well, that's another first-of-its-kind found in its integrated graphics processor that makes it five times faster than the previous model.  The trackpad is glass and multi-touch . . . up to four fingers.  Just like you control the iPhone with pinching zooms, rotates, and then swipes, you manipulate the MacBook in the same manner.  I'm going to stop talking about it and instead refer you to here.


10 October 2008

a brief follow up.

As a timely follow up for yesterday's post, I thought I'd post this email I got today from another friend...happy birthday to her, I should say as well. Anyway, I thought it was interesting and reminds me of not long ago when a recently returned Marine spoke to my Kiwani's chapter. He made what to me was a remarkable statement...and a disappointing one. He said that he wasn't aware that the United States was losing the mission in Iraq until he returned back home. For, in fact, they aren't losing at all. I was astonished to hear the actual facts of security and peace brought to Iraq, especially when compared to its previous state. This must sound astounding to anyone who sees the opposite reported nightly on the news. Anyway, here is the email. She checked it on SNOPES as well.

This not sent from me as a political bid for a vote for either party. It is just an awesome story, and if our media (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, etc. intentionally did not tell us, that's scary!! By the way this checked out true on SNOPES.

Largest Re-enlistment Ceremony - Ever

I'm sure you already know about this. It was shown over and over on TV, right?

OK, so maybe it wasn't shown over and over, but surely it was shown on TV at least one time, wasn't it ?

This was the largest re-enlistment ceremony ever held in military history. The ceremony was held on the 4th of July, 2008 at Al Faw Palace, Baghdad , Iraq . General David Petraeus officiated. This amazing story was ignored by the 'mainstream' media.

For those who have been in the Al Faw Palace, you'll have a better appreciation of the number of people crammed around the rotunda supporting the re-enlisting soldiers.

American men and women volunteering to stay longer in Iraq, so that when we leave, the new democracy will have a chance of surviving, is the exact opposite of what the media wants you to think about Iraq. If only a bomb had killed 5 civilians in a marketplace - now that's the kind of news the media is eager to tell you about.

A pizzeria in Chicago donated 2000 pizzas that were made and shipped to Baghdad , and were delivered on the 4th.

The media did report that 2000 pizzas were sent to Iraq on July 4th... The only part they left out of the report was the event for which the pizzas were sent.

I can't help but wonder...

What would the opinion of Americans be if they weren't getting such obviously biased 'news?'

Pass this on and we will do the work for the Media.

09 October 2008

On Media Bias.

A friend of mine wrote me this email, and I thought it was worth posting. Anyone who has seen Katie Couric is already well aware of media bias...

Conservatives are regularly reported on negatively in all media, while Liberals receive positive press in nearly every media format. Unfortunately, what used to be considered “Main Stream” media now suffers from a most dangerous bias, even an ideological agenda, in its selective reporting of information. Bias can materialize in many forms, not limited to the slant of a report. The selection of information the media chooses to pass on can have a great impact on what opinions their audience develop. The sad situation is that citizens can no longer rely on traditional sources to provide well rounded reportage of events. Viewers of NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, PBS and MSNBC simply are not exposed to the whole story, they are feed half truths designed to lead reasonable people to form opinions consistent with the liberal agendas of the organization. There are a few exceptions; notably Juan Williams of PBS, Lou Dobbs of CNN and Glen Beck of CNNHeadline News. Other prime offenders are the New York Times and National Public Radio –NPR, these organization intentionally report negative information about those that oppose their point of view and only positive information about those that line up with their ideology. Witness the appalling display by Charlie Gibson in his disrespectful and condescending interview of Governor Sarah Palin, his obsession with hubris might be more appropriately turned inward.

The following are not opinions or attacks, they are facts available from public record. .

Example – how much exposure has the traditional media given the following information about the results in our nation under the Bush Administration?

Treasury revenue is up over 20% since the implementation of the “Bush tax cuts”. Over the last eight years High School test scores are up, the number of college graduates is up, education spending is up 39% under the Bush administration. The average citizen has experienced a 12% increase in net take-home pay during President Bush’s current term of office and we have enjoyed the longest period of uninterrupted job growth in American history – 53 straight months!

After the implementation of President Bush’s Faith Based initiatives we have experienced a decline in homelessness, abortions, teen pregnancies and teenage drug use is down 24%. According to Bob Geldolf, head We are the World, the international organization focused on fighting AIDS in Africa, President Bush has done more to save lives in Africa through his Executive Powers as President of the United States than all other efforts combined, literally tens of thousands of babies have survived that would have otherwise died. Mr. Geldolf stated, “There should be a statue of George Bush in every village in Africa!” How much of this information has been featured in the elite media news casts?

Example – How much attention has the traditional media given to the fact that Barack Obama has never won a contested political race? That he is a career member of the Chicago “Dailey Machine” and won the offices of State Representative and U.S. Senator respectively by using “Chicago Machine Politics” to eliminate competition. First by challenging the petition that placed his opponent for the State legislature (a life long black female civil rights activist whom marched with Dr. King) on the ballot and having her name removed so he had an uncontested race. Once he was in the Illinois Legislature he voted “Present” over 160 times. For U.S. Senate his campaign filed suit to have the sealed divorce records of Obama’s opponent opened, his opponent withdrew to avoid humiliation for his self and his children. Alan Keys was rushed in at the last minute in an attempt to at least have an opponent on the ballot.

How much media attention has been given to Obama’s refusal to vote in favor of a Bill in Illinois that would require that prematurely born babies be provided medical care? In Illinois, where late term abortions are legal, sometimes the attempt to abort the baby fails and the babies are born alive, the current procedure is to deny the baby care. The new-borns are placed in a storage room in the clinic and allowed to expire. One nurse that exposed these tactics was interviewed on Fox News and through her tears told of being discovered by the “Doctor” as she knelt in the store room holding a tiny baby as she waited for it to die. The nurse was reprimanded, told this was perfectly legal and none of her affair. A Bill was introduced in the Illinois Legislature to require these born alive babies be given medical care, Obama again voted “Present”, counted as a no vote in Illinois. Obama has tried to dance around this point by making false claims about language in the Bill, research of the actual Bills in question has revealed State and Federal Bills to be identical. Barrack Obama voted against a Bill that would require prematurely born babies been given life saving medical care.

The “Christian” Church the Obama’s have attended for 20+ years and raised their children in is the private congregation of Rev. Jeremiah Wright that is dedicated to Black Liberation Theology. I have seen the film clips of Rev. Wright screaming from the pulpit, “God Damn America” over and over. According to Rev. Wright AIDS is a plot by “whitey” to eliminate blacks, I have seen the video also.

How much attention has the traditional media given to the fact that after Barrack Obama was elected to the Illinois legislature, Michelle Obama received a 153% raise in salary to over $350,000. per year as a University professor? Her husband then used his new position to earmark a one million dollar grant to that same school. Women on Senator Obama’s staff earn on average 72% of Obama’s male staffers compensation. How much media coverage have the Broadcast Networks or PBS given to Bill Clinton’s initiative for “Fair Housing” pressuring banks through threats of racism, to make unsound loans to unqualified borrows. Barack Obama served as the attorney for ACORN suing Citibank and forcing them to start making unsound loans in South Chicago. In his 942 days in the U.S. Senate Obama has requested $942 million in pork barrel spending. In 27 years John McCain has requested $0. – zero! Barack Obama launched his political career in the home of William Ayers, unrepentant terrorist, bomber of our Capitol and Pentagon. Obama provided funding for Ayers radical education programs and served with him on a community board. Barack Obama voted to leave our troops in the field unfunded and in actual peril of their lives, he made statements accusing our troops of atrocities that have no basis in fact.

This final paragraph is my opinion.

The Liberal class/race warfare tactics of vote buying through wealth redistribution and hand-outs only divides people in order to control them, it sickens me. Our Founding Fathers struggled to prevent this type of imperial national government choking our individual freedoms. Liberals see people only as members of groups, conservatives view people as individuals, as did our Founders. History proves that Government hand-out programs actually harm the people they are purported to help. . . .

John McCain is a life long patriot that will protect our children and grandchildren, everything else is secondary.

If any of this information is surprising it is because neither of the above sighted examples have received meaningful coverage in the traditional media. The fact is if one does not watch Fox News, listen to AM Talk Radio or read papers like Human Events, they are simply not receiving an accurate accounting of the facts. American citizens may believe as they choose and vote as they please, yet I believe most people do not appreciate being misled and betrayed by media bias.

08 October 2008

Why I love Wednesdays.

Used to, there really wasn't anything that special about Wednesdays. It was merely hump day. The last month however, I have joined some of my family after work for some coffee and a snack at the nearby Corner Bakery. I know, I know. It's very Mayberry, but I really like it. What has been most enjoyable though has been spending weekly time with my aunt, whom I absolutely love being around. Conversation with Connie (the aunt) is always thoughtful, and she is one of those people that when I talk with her, or if she is asking me something, I feel that she really does care. This I have found to be both refreshing and encouraging. So, now you know where I'll be in about 30 minutes (well, if you read this real-time, anyway).

04 October 2008

i am the pumpkin carving king.


01 October 2008

Writing on the Wall.

Blake sent me this great article from the New York Times, written on September 30, 1999. The proximity of date is highly ironic, as the article foreshadows this week's struggling of the United States' banking system. Be sure not to miss paragraph seven.

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