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Some More Post-Election News

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Three posts of interest came to my attention in regards to the incoming Obama Administration, the smear job on Sarah Palin, and questions about voting irregularities and auditing Obama's campaign for financial misdeeds.

First, there's this by Stephen Green at Pajamas Media, talking about Obama's bad start by picking unnecessary fights with allies and adversaries alike.

One example:

Obama doesn't seem to have a clue on how to treat American allies. During the primary race, he threatened to crack down on major threats like Canada -- a position he probably/maybe/sort of backed off from in backdoor talks with the Canadian government. In Europe, Obama is already to the left of most every major EU leader. Then last week, Obama told Poland one thing about missile defense in private and told Russia quite another thing in public. In other words, he's doing his best to spoil relations with Poland, which will have repercussions throughout Eastern Europe, too. Our allies have got to wonder where Obama stands. I think we all do.

He's not even in office and already our allies are questioning his leadership. This is not a good sign.

Then neo-neocon lets us know that now it can be told, that is things about Obama's plans, taxes, voting irregularities, the bank and auto industry bailouts, and hoaxes about Sarah Palin the in-the-tank press failed to fact check and took as gospel, spreading them around the globe.

And last, but not least, Kyle-Anne Shiver explains how Sarah Palin nearly saved John McCain's campaign.

From the beginning of '08, the accepted wisdom was that no matter whom the Democrats nominated, they would deliver to the Republicans an ignominious defeat. But this year's defeat was anything but the complete rout it was supposed to be.

And the person who nearly even saved the day -- and the election -- for Republicans was Sarah Palin.

This is not a minority opinion. When Rasmussen conducted detailed exit polling among Republicans, they found that a full 69% of respondents thought Sarah Palin helped -- not hurt -- McCain. Governor Palin has not garnered the status as America's most highly regarded, most popular governor for nothing.

His failure to get elected wasn't her fault. Rather, he wasn't blown out in a landslide because Sarah Palin fired up many Republicans and got them out to vote. Unfortunately she couldn't carry the load all by herself. McCain's failure was his alone.

As Shiver says:

The woman, in my opinion, is a natural Patton. A fighter to the core. Palin seems to instinctively know that when one is hip-deep in a culture war and a fight for the survival of American exceptionalism, then one must do more than defend, defend, defend.

If one is not willing to attack in defense of one's cause, then he ought to get out of the way at the very least -- or consider joining the other side.

If she decides to run for President in 2012, this is one blogger that will support her.
I've been making the rounds, checking blogs for reactions to Barack Obama's victory over McCain. For the most part the moderate and conservative blogs have been gracious in defeat, with other remaining neutral, taking a wait-and-see stance. Obviously there were others that saw his victory as one more step towards America becoming a socialist state. Others saw it as just another part of the cycle America experiences, with swings between Left and Right over the decades. Surprisingly, the most vicious posts and comments came not from the Right, but from the Left.

A series of examples can be seen in a post by John Hawkins, showing a list of responses by conservative blogs, and more telling, comments by those on the left. One commenter called the more vitriolic responses from the Left what they are: "Sore winners!"

More than one commenter noted the vile nickname the Left has applied to President Bush over the past 8 years - Chimpy McBushHitler, or variations thereof - and wondered if the Right would stoop so low as to come up with some equally vile epithet for the President-Elect. Somehow I doubt they will, other than to borrow a title first uttered by John McCain at the Al Lewis dinner - "That One!" Somehow I doubt we'll see the deranged apoplectic diatribes we've endured during President Bush's administration.

As an aside, I have to wonder why so many on the Left are still obsessing about the 2000 election and Bush's win over Al Gore in Florida. My advice: GET OVER IT! It's ancient effin' history! There's not a damn thing you or anyone else can do about it unless you manage to make repairs to your WAYBAC machine and travel back in time to 'fix' the election (and I don't mean 'fix' as in repair).
For those of you out there lamenting the loss by John McCain and Sarah Palin, let me point you to a rare opinion piece by Steven Den Beste, probably one of the more astute political commentators I've come across on the web (with Bill Whittle being one of the other thoughtful and wise bloggers out there).

As Den Beste says, it's "not the end of the world."

It's easy to let yourself go in despair and start thinking things like "We are well-and-truly f****d" or "This is the worst of all possible outcomes". But it isn't true.

I think this election is going to be a "coming of age" moment for a lot of people. They say, "Be careful what you wish for" and a lot of people got their wish yesterday.

And now they're bound to be disappointed. Not even Jesus could satisfy all the expectations of Obama's most vocal supporters, or fulfill all the promises Obama has made.

I think Obama is going to turn out to be the worst president since Carter, and for the same reason: good intentions do not guarantee good results. Idealists often stub their toes on the wayward rocks of reality, and fall on their faces. And the world doesn't respond to benign behavior benignly.

But there's another reason why: Obama has been hiding his light under a basket. A lot of people bought a pig in a poke today, and now they're going to find out what they bought. Obama isn't what most of them think he is. The intoxication of the cult will wear off, leaving a monumental hangover.

And four years from now they'll be older and much wiser.

As the saying goes, Read The Whole Thing.

I know my 14-year old son, BeezleBub is far more upset at the outcome of the presidential elections that either Deb or I. It may be because he's a bit more perceptive to the political realities than many other kids his age and understand what might happen if President-Elect Barack Obama carries out all of his promises. He does get quite a bit of crap from some of his classmates at high school for his political beliefs, but as he says they're just parroting what they've been taught at home and in school. The same claim could be made about BeezleBub, but he doesn't take anyone's word about anything anyone tells him, including me and Deb. He actually asks questions if he doesn't understand something and if it still seems stupid to him, he'll say so and why he thinks it's stupid.

Way to go BeezleBub.

But I have also been telling him the it's not the end of the world. I think after he reads Steven's piece he'll come around.

Obama Is Toast?

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Sean Malstrom has an interesting opinion about the polls we've been seeing in the media: they are absolutely worthless.

Sean contends the 'model is broken', meaning the model and the method used by the various polling agencies and groups has not caught up with reality. He should know, having been involved with polling for quite some time. He says the problem we're seeing now goes back to the 2000 elections, where the polls said one thing but the results said differently.

You will have to wait until Wednesday morning to see whether I agree with him that "Obama is toast."

A Letter To Barack Obama

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The letter below was received via e-mail (Thanks, Bev K!)

I do not know if this letter is genuinely from Michael Master as claimed. I checked it out on Snopes and Googled his name. Nothing specific was found. I also checked for a phone listing in McLean, Virginia and found none. That in itself doesn't mean anything because fewer people have wireline phones these days and as far as I know there are no directory listings for cell phones.

In any case I decided to post the e-mail here as it does make a number of valid points and asks questions that as of yet Barack Obama has either refused to answer or has tried to deflect. Obama is an enigma. I don't like the idea of an enigma sitting in the Oval Office.

So far I have been able to verify most of the points laid out in this letter, but not by using other blogs as sources. Verifications have come either from MSM articles/reports, US Government websites, and other non-blog websites. Take it for what you will. Take everything contained in this letter with a grain of salt. A BIG grain of salt. But I think you'll agree there are doubts raised by this letter that should be but have not been addressed by Senator Obama.

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To Barack Hussein Obama,
 
The New York Times carried a story on Saturday, October 4, 2008, that proved you had a significantly closer relationship with Bill Ayers than what you previously admitted.   While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it.
 
The Chicago Sun reported on May 8, 2008, that FBI records showed that you had a significantly closer relationship with Tony Rezko than what you previously admitted.   In the interview, you said that you only saw Mr. Rezko a couple of times a year.   The FBI files showed that you saw him weekly.  While the issue of your relationship is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about it.
 
Your speech in Philadelphia on March 18, 2008, about 'race' contradicted your statement to Anderson Cooper on March 14 when you said that you never heard Reverend Wright make his negative statements about white America.   While your attendance at Trinity Church for 20 years is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on March 14.
 
In your 1st debate with John McCain, you said that you never said that you would meet with the leaders of Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, and North Korea without 'preparations' at lower levels ... Joe Biden repeated your words in his debate with Sarah Palin ... while the video tape from your debate last February clearly shows that you answered 'I would' to the question of meeting with those leaders within 12 months without 'any' preconditions.  While your judgement about meeting with enemies of the USA without pre-conditions is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America in the debate with McCain.
 
On July 14, 2008, you said that you always knew that the surge would work while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you stated that the surge would not work.   While your judgment about military strategy as a potential commander-in-chief is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America on July 14.
 
You now claim that your reason for voting against funding for the troops was because the bill did not include a time line for withdrawal, while the video tapes of you from more than a year ago show that you voted against additional funding because you wanted our troops to be removed immediately ... not in 16 months after the 2008 election as you now claim.  While your judgement about removing our troops unilaterally in 2007 is of concern, the greater concern is that you lied to America about your previous position.
 
You claim to have a record of working with Republicans while the record shows that the only bill that you sponsored with a Republican was with Chuck Lugar .. and it failed.  The record shows that you vote 97% in concert with the Democrat party and that you have the most liberal voting record in the Senate.  You joined Republicans only 13% of the time in your votes and those 13% were only after agreement from the Democrat party.  While it is of concern that you fail to include conservatives in your actions and that you are such a liberal, the greater concern is that you distorted the truth.
 
In the primary debates of last February, 2008, you claimed to have talked with a 'Captain' of a platoon in Afghanistan 'the other day' when in fact you had a discussion in 2003 with a Lieutenant who had just been deployed to Afghanistan.  You lied in that debate.
 
In your debates last spring, you claimed to have been a 'professor of Constitutional law' when in fact you have never been a professor of Constitutional law.  In this last debate, you were careful to say that you 'taught a law class' and never mentioned being a 'professor of Constitutional law.'  You lied last spring.
 
You and Joe Biden both claimed that John McCain voted against additional funding for our troops when the actual records show the opposite. You distorted the truth.
 
You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted against funding for alternate energy sources 20 times when the record shows that John McCain specifically voted against funding for bio fuels, especially corn ... and he was right ...  corn is too expensive at producing ethanol,  and using corn to make ethanol increased the price of corn from $2 a bushel to $6 a bushel for food.   You distorted the truth.
 
You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted like both of you for a tax increase on those making as little as $42,000 per year while the voting record clearly shows that John McCain did not vote as you and Joe Biden.   You lied to America.
 
You and Joe Biden claim that John McCain voted with George W. Bush 90% of the time when you know that Democrats also vote 90% of the time with the President (including Joe Biden) because the vast majority of the votes are procedural.  You are one of the few who has not voted 90% of the time with the president because you have been missing from the Senate since the day you got elected.   While your absence from your job in the Senate is of concern, the greater concern is that you spin the facts.
 
You did not take an active role in the rescue plan.  You claimed that the Senate did not need you while the real reason that you abstained was because of your close relationships with the executives of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide, and Acorn ... who all helped cause the financial problems of today .. and they all made major contributions to your campaign.   While your relationship with these executives and your protection of them for your brief 3 years in the Senate (along with Barney Frank, Chuck Schumer, Maxine Waters, and Chris Dodd) is of concern, the greater concern is that you are being deceitful.
 
You forgot to mention that you personally represented Tony Rezko and Acorn.  Tony Rezko, an Arab and close friend to you, was convicted of fraud in Chicago real estate transactions that bilked millions of tax dollars from the Illinois government for renovation projects that you sponsored as a state senator ... and Acorn has been convicted of voter fraud, real estate sub prime loan intimidation, and illegal campaign contributions.  Tony Rezko has contributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to your political campaigns.  You personally used your political positions to steer money to both Tony Rezko and Acorn and you used Acorn to register thousands of phony voters for Democrats and you.  While your relationships with Rezko and Acorn are of concern, the greater concern is that you omitted important facts about your relationships with them to America.
 
During your campaign, you said: 'typical white person.'  'They cling to their guns and religion.'  'They will say that I am black.'  You played the race card.  You tried to label any criticism about you as racist.  You divide America.
 
You claim that you will reduce taxes for 95% of America, but you forgot to tell America that those reductions are after you remove the Bush tax reductions.   You have requested close to $1 billion in earmarks and several million for Acorn.   Your social programs will cost America $1 trillion per year and you claim that a reduction in military spending ($100 billion for Iraq) can pay for it.   While your economic plan of adding 30% to the size of our federal government is of concern, the greater concern is that you are deceiving America.
 
The drain to America's economy by foreign supplied oil is $700 billion per year (5% of GDP) while the war in Iraq is $100 billion (less than 1% of GDP).  You voted against any increases to oil exploration for the last 3 years and any expansion of nuclear facilities.  Yet today, you say that you have always been for more oil and more nuclear.  You are lying to America.
 
Mr. Obama, you claimed that you 'changed' your mind about public financing for your campaign because of the money spent by Republican PACs in 2004.   The truth is that the Democrat PACs in 2004, 2006, and 2008  spent twice as much as the Republican PACs (especially George Soros and MoveOn.org).   You are lying to America.
 
Mr. Obama, you have done nothing to stop the actions of the teachers union and college professors in the USA.  They eliminated religion from our history.  They teach pro gay agendas and discuss sex with students as young as first grade.  They bring their personal politics into the classrooms.  They disparage conservatives.  They brainwash our children.  They are in it for themselves ..... not America.    Are you reluctant to condemn their actions because teachers/professors and the NEA contribute 25% of all money donated to Democrats and none to Republicans?  You are deceiving America.
 
Oh, Mr. Obama, Teddy Roosevelt said about a hundred years ago that we Americans should first look at the character of our leaders before anything else. 
 
Your character looks horrible.  While you make good speeches, motivating speeches, your character does not match your rhetoric.  You talk the talk, but do not walk the walk.
 
1.  You lied to America.  You lied many times.  You distorted facts.  You parsed your answers like a lawyer.
 
2. You distorted the record of John McCain in your words and in your advertisements.
 
3.  You had associations with some very bad people for your personal political gains and then lied about those associations.
 
4.  You divide America about race and about class.
 
Now let me compare your record of lies, distortions, race baiting, and associations to John McCain:   War hero.  Annapolis graduate with 'Country first.'   Operational leadership experience like all 43 previously elected presidents of the USA as a Navy officer for 22 years.  26 years in the Senate.  Straight talk.  Maverick.  54% of the time participated on bills with Democrats.  Never asked for an earmark.  The only blemish on his record is his part in the Keating 5 debacle about 25 years ago.
 
Mr. Obama, at Harvard Law School, you learned that the end does not justify the means.  You learned that perjury, false witness, dishonesty, distortion of truth are never tolerated.  Yet, your dishonesty is overwhelming.  Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty that caused the impeachment and disbarment of Bill Clinton.  Your dishonesty is tremendously greater than the dishonesty of Scooter Libby. You should be ashamed.
 
Mr. Obama, it is time for us Americans to put aside our differences on political issues and vote against you because of your dishonest character.   It is time for all of us Americans to put aside our political issues and vote for America first. It is time for America to vote for honesty. 
 
Any people who vote for you after understanding that you are dishonest should be ashamed of themselves for making their personal political issues more important than character.  Would these same people vote for the anti-Christ if the anti-Christ promised them riches?   Would they make a golden calf while Moses was up the mountain?   Would they hire someone for a job if that someone lied in an interview?  Of course not.  So why do some of these people justify their votes for you even though they know you are dishonest?  Why do they excuse your dishonesty?   Because some of these people are frightened about the future, the economy, and their financial security .... and you are preying on their fears with empty promises  ... and because some (especially our young people) are consumed by your wonderful style and promises for 'change' like the Germans who voted for Adolf Hitler in 1932.  The greed/envy by Germans in 1932 k ept them from recognizing Hitler for who he was.   They loved his style.  Greed and envy are keeping many Americans from recognizing you ... your style has camouflaged your dishonesty ... but many of us see you for who you really are   ... and we will not stop exposing who you are every day,  forever if it is necessary.
 
Mr. Obama, you are dishonest.  Anyone who votes for you is enabling dishonesty.
 
Mr.  Obama, America cannot trust that you will put America first in your decisions about the future.
 
Mr. Obama, you are not the 'change' that America deserves.  We cannot trust you.
 
Mr. Obama, You are not ready and not fit to be commander-in-chief.
 
Mr. Obama, John McCain does not have as much money as your campaign to refute all of your false statements.  And for whatever reasons, the mainstream media will not give adequate coverage or research about your lies, distortions, word parsing, bad associations, race baiting, lack of operational leadership experience, and generally dishonest character.  The media is diverting our attention from your relationships and ignoring the fact that you lied about those relationships.   The fact that you lied is much more important than the relationships themselves .... just like with Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon ... Monica Lewinski and Watergate were not nearly as bad as the fact that those men lied about the events ...  false witness ... perjury ..  your relationships and bad judgments are bad on their own .... but your lies are even worse.
 
Therefore, by copy of this memo, all who read this memo are asked to send it to everyone else in America before it is too late.  We need to do the job that the media will not do.  We need to expose your dishonesty so that every person in America understands who you really are before election day.
 
Mr. Obama, in a democracy, we get what we deserve.  And God help America if we deserve you.
 
Michael Master
McLean, Virginia

Senator Nowhere Man

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From Chris Muir's Day By Day.

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Need I say more?
While Jay Tea's latest post has a provocative title - Women In Chains - it covers what we can expect from an Obama administration, particularly when it comes to members of the press asking pesky questions Obama doesn't want to answer: banishment. Like the old Soviet Union, the reporter or their TV station/newspaper are declared to be unpersons and banned from coming near the Obamessiah or asking him questions forever.

Yeah, that'll play well in Peoria.

It's one thing for a candidate or his campaign organization to spin stories, it's another to decide which media organizations are worthy to cover every utterance of the great Democratic Savior and which are not.

Can we expect these same folks will react the same way when ordinary Americans start asking the same questions? Will Obama's elitist attitude finally become obvious to even his most ardent worshippers, showing their hero has all the same weaknesses as ordinary mortals? Or will they allow their devotion to blind them to the fascism of their F├╝hrer, excusing actions that would get anyone else skewered by the press or, even worse, the average American?

Obama has shown a propensity to damage or destroy those who would question his past or his motives. Even friends and political mentors are not immune, as some have found out the hard way.

Do we want someone this petty sitting behind the desk at the Oval Office?

Jay likens the treatment of the press by Obama and his campaign staff to that of women being abused by their boyfriends/husbands. Many of the abused make all kinds of excuses and allowances for their abusers, but aren't willing to do anything to stop the abuse even when it is in their power to do so. Is a wider swath of the press waking up to this and starting to turn on the Obamessiah? Even if this is so, is it too late to stop him from taking an office he neither deserves or is qualified to hold?

We'll know in a few days.

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