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Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin

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In just eight years under G. W. Bush we are trillions and trillions of dollars in debt, do WE need more of the same?

Obama/Biden vs. McCain/Palin, what if ………?

§ What if Obama had paraded five children across the stage, including a three month old infant and an unwed, pregnant teenage daughter?

§ What if Barack Obama finished fifth from the bottom of his graduating class?

§ What if Obama was the candidate who left his first wife after a severe disfiguring car accident, when she no longer measured up to his standards?

§ What if Obama had met his second wife in a bar and had a long affair while he was still married?

§ What if Michelle Obama was the wife who not only became addicted to pain killers but also acquired them illegally through her charitable organization?

§ What if Obama had been a member of the Keating Five? (The Keating Five were five United States Senators accused of corruption in 1989, igniting a major political scandal as part of the larger Savings and Loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s)

§ What if Obama couldn't read from a teleprompter?

§ What if Obama was the one who had military experience that included discipline problems and a record of crashing seven planes?

§ What if Obama was the one who was known to display publicly, on many occasions, a serious anger management problem?

Now, Let’s Look at who is qualified based upon their educational background:

Barack Obama: Columbia University - B.A. Political Science with a Specialization in International Relations. Harvard - Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

Barack Obama Birth Certificate Issue, click here

Joseph Biden: University of Delaware - B.A. in History and B.A. in Political Science. Syracuse University College of Law - Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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John McCain: United States Naval Academy - Class rank: 894 out of 899

Sarah Palin: Hawaii Pacific University - 1 semester North Idaho College - 2 semesters - general study University of Idaho - 2 semesters - journalism Matanuska-Susitna College - 1 semester University of Idaho - 3 semesters - B.A. in Journalism

Now think about this. They are running for the highest office in the country, who can you really trust?

Oct 20, 2008: The Bridge To Nowhere founders voted for Barack Obama


November 4, 2008

President Elect Obama, you are our new President and most the World is pleased, as am I.

OUR destiny has only just begun, while going through OUR journey know this - WE did not bring you this far to abandon you, no! WE are with you and support THE PEOPLE's direction.

WE are aware, that to further THE PEOPLE's direction, not only must WE focus on the President and his Administration, but also on OUR Congress with all their special interest lobbyists.

by Danny Williams
11-5-2008

ps - just so you know, you did disappoint me when you voted for the passage of the FISA bill with the immunity provision for big telecoms therein which took away Constitutional Rights of many in one sweeping blow, and on the "Wall Street" bailout bill.

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BARACK OBAMA  (Nov 4, 2008)

"It’s been a long time coming. But tonight, because of what we did on this date, in this election, change has come to America."

"You did it because you understand the enormity of the task that lies ahead.... There's new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. This victory alone is not the change we seek. It is only the chance for us to make that change."


In The News

Mother Jones
Obama, Number 44
By David Corn
In a historic win, Barack Obama becomes the first black president. But the meaning of his victory extends well beyond race.

NY Times
The Next President 
Barack Obama won the election because he saw what is wrong with this country: the utter failure of government to protect its citizens.

The Nation
A Better Country
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
After years of playing defense, let's unshackle our imaginations and push Obama to make this a better country.

NY Times
For Many Abroad, an Ideal Renewed 
By ETHAN BRONNER 
It’s hard to overstate how fervently vast stretches of the globe wanted the election to turn out as it did.

NY Times
Obama Elected President as Racial Barrier Falls 
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States, as the country chose him as its first black chief executive.

The Nation
President Obama: This Proud Moment
By William Greider
We are inheritors of this momentous victory, but it was not ours. The laurels properly belong to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and all of the other martyrs who died for civil rights. And to millions more before them who struggled across centuries and fell short of winning their freedom. And to those rare politicians like Lyndon B. Johnson, who stood up bravely in a decisive time, knowing how much it would cost his political party for years to come. We owe all of them for this moment.

The Nation
Obama's Dream Team
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
Last month, Foreign Policy invited me and nine others to propose our "Dream Team" cabinet for the incoming administration. With the historic election of Barack Obama, we have a remarkable opportunity to transform this country.

NY Times
The ’08 Race: A Sea Change for Politics as We Know It 
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
The 2008 election has upended how presidential campaigns are fought, a fact that has almost been lost amid the final battle.

NY Times
Republicans Scrambling to Save Seats in Congress 
By CARL HULSE
Congressional Republicans scrambled to save embattled incumbents in an effort to hold down expected Democratic gains in the House and Senate.

NY Times
Candidates Make Their Final Push on Reshaped Map 
By ADAM NAGOURNEY
Barack Obama is campaigning in states that went Republican four years ago, while John McCain is pushing back with a new burst of advertising.

NY Times
Obama-Inspired Black Voters Warm to Politics 
By SUSAN SAULNY 
Many blacks who have been disaffected, apolitical, discouraged or just bored with politics have snapped to attention this year.

The Nation
The Bailout: Bush's Final Pillage
By Naomi Klein
In the final days of the election, many Republicans seem to have given up the fight for power. But that doesn't mean they are relaxing. If you want to see real Republican elbow grease, check out the energy going into chucking great chunks of the $700 billion bailout out the door. At a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, Republican Senator Bob Corker was fixated on this task, and with a clear deadline in mind: inauguration. "How much of it do you think may be actually spent by January 20 or so?" 

NY Times
The Known Unknowns 
By BOB HERBERT
On Tuesday, the question will be answered whether economic anxiety trumps the concern that many voters might have about Barack Obama’s race.

NY Times
Now, the $2 Billion Campaign 
It looks as if the tab for the presidential campaign could come close to a shocking $2 billion. Clearly, the system must be fixed.

NY Times
Two Killed by Bomber at Ministry in Kabul 
By ABDUL WAHEED WAFA and CARLOTTA GALL 
The attack on the Ministry of Information and Culture, carried out by a suspected Taliban suicide bomber, was notable for its audacity.

The Nation
Stop GOP Vote Suppression
By Peter Rothberg
My friend and Nation writer Roberto Lovato has an important post today on his Of America blog. He outlines what to do before the election to safeguard against any possible dirty tricks and, if necessary, what would be an appropriate response to the unlikely instance of a repeat of the chaos and eventual theft of Election 2000.

NY Times
Alaska Senator Is Guilty Over His Failures to Disclose Gifts 
By NEIL A. LEWIS
Senator Ted Stevens, Alaska’s dominant political figure for more than four decades, was found guilty on Monday by a jury of violating federal ethics laws for failing to report tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and services he had received from friends.

The Nation
Bachmann’s Blues
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
Ever since Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann's poisonous comments on Hardball ten days ago, it has looked increasingly possible that her deep red district might turn blue next week.

NY Times
The Endorsement From Hell 
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
The endorsement of John McCain by a Web site linked to Al Qaeda isn’t a surprise. Four more years of blindness to nuance in the Muslim world is an excellent recruiting tool.

NY Times
Election 2008: A Closer Look
Week in Review provides in-depth profiles of Barack Obama and John McCain. Also, an interactive feature on the candidates’ stump speeches.

NY Times
Democrats See Risk and Reward if Their Party Sweeps 
By CARL HULSE and DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
Republicans, for their part, are warning voters about unchecked one-party government and urging them to deny Democrats unfettered control.

NY Times
Spending Stalls and Businesses Slash U.S. Jobs 
By LOUIS UCHITELLE
As the financial crisis cuts demand for American goods and services, the workers who produce them are losing their jobs by the tens of thousands.

NY Times
Crises on Many Fronts 
By BOB HERBERT
The markets are in turmoil. The economy is hurting. And there are other serious problems as well. The poor are being clobbered by all of them.

NY Times
Insurers Are Getting in Line for Piece of Federal Bailout 
By EDMUND L. ANDREWS and ERIC DASH 
The government considered extending the bailout to include insurance companies, and the auto industry stepped up efforts to secure a share of the money.

NY Times
A Puzzle Over Prisoners as Iraqis Take Control 
By ALISSA J. RUBIN
A draft of the security agreement between Iraq and the United States is unclear about what would happen to 17,000 people held by the U.S. military.

NY Times
Barack Obama for President
After nearly two years of a grueling and ugly campaign, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois has proved that he is the right choice to be the 44th president of the United States.

NY Times
McCain Is Faltering Among Hispanic Voters 
By LARRY ROHTER 
Less than two weeks before the election, the Hispanic vote in battleground states seems to be veering in Senator Barack Obama’s favor, despite Senator John McCain’s Southwest connection.

NY Times
Sorry, I Can’t Find Your Name 
Congress and the states need to develop clear and accurate rules for purges and new-voter verification that ensure that eligible voters remain on the rolls.

The Nation
Why Has John McCain Blocked Info on MIAs?
By Sydney H. Schanberg
Pulitzer-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg writes about how the “war hero” candidate Sen. John McCain buried information about POWs left behind in Vietnam. Writing for The Nation magazine, Schanberg reveals that McCain “worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home.”

The Nation
Protect This Election
By Andrew Gumbel
The plan was straightforward: to use every legislative and executive lever available to the GOP to suppress the votes of minorities, students, the poor, the transient and the elderly; and to denounce any attempt by the other side to level the playing field as a monstrous exercise in systemic voter fraud.

Photos Show Rape of Iraqi Women
Los Angeles, Alta California - May 2, 2004 - (ACN) The release, by CBS News, of the photographs showing the heinous sexual abuse and torture of Iraqi POW's at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison has opened a Pandora's box for the Bush regime. Apparently, the suspended US commander of the prison where the worst abuses took place, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, has refused to take the fall by herself and has implicated the CIA, Military Intelligence and private US government contractors in the torturing of POW's and in the raping of Iraqi women detainees as well.

Center for American Progress Action Fund
McCain Lies Again, Repeats False Claim He ‘Received The Highest Honor And Awards’ From Every Vets Group»
By Ali Frick
Yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) held a telephone town hall meeting, in which “thousands” of Nevadans — according to the McCain campaign — called to listen in. Among some of the hostile, pointed, and critical questions came one from a veteran, who challenged McCain on his voting record regarding funding for the Veterans Administration and veterans’ priorities:

The Nation
Count the Votes - Voter Registration Flashpoints
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
As early voting begins in Ohio and many other states, reports of problems are rolling in. Here's what to watch for and what can still be done.

NY Times
The Real Scandal 
By BOB HERBERT
The real threat to democracy is the nonstop campaign by the G.O.P. and its supporters to disenfranchise American citizens who have every right to cast a ballot.

Citizen-Times
Dead bear covered with Obama signs left at WCU
By Jon Ostendorff
CULLOWHEE – Police have seven suspects in the case of a dead bear covered with two Barack Obama campaign posters that was dumped at the entrance to Western Carolina University.

Human Rights First
2008 Hate Crime Survey (video)
Hate crime continues to rise in many parts of Europe and North America according to our 2008 Hate Crime Survey, a second annual report examining bias-driven violence in 2007 and 2008.

Mother Jones
Voter Fraud, Joe Edition
Under the GOP's Ohio strategy, McCain's now famous icon should have his voter registration challenged.

Washington Post
CIA Tactics Endorsed In Secret Memos
Waterboarding Got White House Nod
By Joby Warrick
The Bush administration issued a pair of secret memos to the CIA in 2003 and 2004 that explicitly endorsed the agency's use of interrogation techniques such as waterboarding against al-Qaeda suspects -- documents prompted by worries among intelligence officials about a possible backlash if details of the program became public.

NY Times
Poll Says Attacks Backfire on McCain 
By MICHAEL COOPER and MEGAN THEE
If the election were held today, Barack Obama would have a significant lead over John McCain, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll has found.

NY Times
Obama Details Plan to Aid Victims of Fiscal Crisis 
By JACKIE CALMES and JEFF ZELENY
Barack Obama called for temporary but costly new programs to aid employers, automakers, homeowners, the unemployed, and state and local governments.

American Chronicle
The Biggest Untold Mortgage Crisis: Help for Families Facing Military Foreclosures
By Carla Douglin 
More and more military families are finding themselves in the middle of a mortgage nightmare. Soldiers are returning after several tours of duty, only to find they are on the verge of losing their homes. While trying to rebuild their lives, they face the additional pressure and stress of a looming foreclosure.

NY Timews
Afghan President, Pressured, Reshuffles Cabinet 
By JOHN F. BURNS 
Responding to demands for a crackdown on corruption, Hamid Karzai named as his interior minister a former official of Afghanistan’s Communist-era secret police.

Mother Jones
Calendars Show Gov. Palin's Foreign Policy Experience: About 20 Meetings for About 12 Hours
By David Corn
How much foreign policy experience does Sarah Palin really have? We FOIAed her daily schedule to find out.

The Nation
VA Fails Vets on the Vote
By Katrina vanden Heuvel 
Last month I wrote about important legislation designed to help veterans vote in the upcoming election, the Veteran Voting Support Act (S. 3308). Introduced by Senators Dianne Feinstein and John Kerry--and cosponsored by fourteen senators including Barack Obama (not John McCain)--the bill is fair and just.

The Nation
Bush 2004 States Are Tipping to Obama
By John Nichols
The Real Clear Politics poll of polls for each state has Obama winning every one of the battlegrounds.

ABC News
After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort
Rescued by Taxpayers, $440,000 for Retreat Including "Pedicures, Manicures"
By BRIAN ROSS and TOM SHINE
Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat at a luxury resort and spa, the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California, Congressional investigators revealed today.

NY Times
Global Fears of a Recession Grow Stronger
By MARK LANDLER
WASHINGTON — When the White House brought out its $700 billion rescue plan two weeks ago, its sheer size was meant to soothe the global financial system, restoring trust and confidence. Three days after the plan was approved, it looks like a pebble tossed into a churning sea.

The Nation
Who's Watching the Fox at Treasury?
By Katrina vanden Heuvel
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is expected to name fellow Goldman Sachs alum, Neel Kashkari, to oversee the government's $700 billion Superfund cleanup of Wall Street's toxic assets. The Wall Street Journal reports, "Paulson likes to surround himself with people he's comfortable with: people, mostly, from Goldman Sachs." And why not? Making personnel decisions based on maximizing one's comfort level has worked wonders for the Bush administration thus far.

Veterans for Common Sense
Senator McCain's Bluster About His Support for Veterans
By Todd Gitlin

October 1, 2008 - "I love them. And I'll take care of them. And they know that I'll take care of them." ~John McCain

John McCain skipped close to a dozen votes on Iraq, and on at least another 10 occasions, he voted against arming and equipping the troops, providing adequate rest for the troops between deployments and for health care or other benefits for veterans.

NY Times
Reports Link Karzai’s Brother to Heroin Trade 
By JAMES RISEN
Assertions that the Afghan president’s brother is linked to the heroin trade have deeply worried American officials.

The $700,000,000 Wall Street Bailout
Financial Markets Bill Text - Discussion Draft (pdf)  See it now!!

Congress Protecting YOU: Wall Street Bailout Bill; SEC. 111. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE  (word format)

The Nation
McCain's Kremlin Ties
By Mark Ames & Ari Berman
Over the course of the presidential campaign, John McCain has repeatedly emphasized his willingness to stand up to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as proof that only he possesses the fortitude and judgment to become the next leader of the free world.

NY Times
A Bad India Deal
President Bush has correctly chosen to build a new relationship with India, but he erred in making the nuclear deal the centerpiece of that relationship.

The Public Record
New Witness Said to Implicate Palin 
By Jason Leopold
A key witness in the “Troopergate” investigation of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has backed off an earlier defense of Palin and now says the governor’s associates applied pressure to deny workers compensation to her estranged ex-brother-in-law, according to three state officials briefed on the case.

Truthout.org
McCain’s Suspension Bridge to Nowhere
By Frank Rich (New York Times)
WHAT we learned last week is that the man who always puts his “country first” will take the country down with him if that’s what it takes to get to the White House.

The Nation
King George & Comrade Paulson
By Ralph Nader
The cause of the financial markets meltdown is simple: powerful greed fanned by fraud and reckless risk transfers. Wall Street wanted something for nothing. This fairy tale was written by an army of Wall Street lobbyists who tore down regulations and safeguards meant to protect savers and shareholders.

The Nation
White Women Shift, Giving Obama the Lead
by John Nichols
Palin phenomenon fades as economy rises as the issue.

Mollygood
Palin: Witch Hunter Chanted Me Into Office
And People Are Afraid Obama Might Be Muslim?
By Cord Jefferson, MollyGood
... Pastor Thomas Muthee, an insane religious zealot from Kenya who claims to hunt witches. Cute, right? But Muthee isn't just any madman, he's one of vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin's favorites, as she believes he used his magical powers to help her become governor of Alaska. Seriously!

Anchorage Daily News
Hundreds turn out for anti-Palin protest
By Mary Pemberton
The Associated Press
Hundreds of people protesting the policies of Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin lined a busy street on Saturday, waving signs and chanting, "Obama!"

NY Times
McCain Barbs Stirring Outcry as Distortions

By Michael Cooper and Jim Rutenberg
John McCain has drawn an avalanche of criticism for stretching the truth in attacking Barack Obama’s record and positions.

The Nation
Sarah Palin and the Jews
By Jon Wiener
Queen Esther provided the role model for the former beauty queen [ Sarah Palin ] who went to our own king and asked for earmarks for her people.

Blog For Arizona.com
The Cover-ups of John McCain - Saudi Bank Raiders and Junk Bond Kings
By AZBlueMeanie
Remember the BCCI bank scandal? Charles Keating and the Savings & Loan scandal? Ken Lay and the Enron scandal? These scandals have all but disappeared down the memory hole for our local yokel political reporters who apparently suffer from amnesia. John McCain is hoping that voters also have a short memory or suffer from amnesia.

Scoop Media Group
McCain’s 30-Years of Service to Saudi Bank Raiders
By Mark G. Levey
From BCCI, to Milken’s Junk Bond Kings, to Jack Abramoff, Senator John McCain has long provided the clean All-American face to the dirty job of cleaning up after the looting of America.

Senator John McCain has made a career out of serving the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its army of lobbyists, bagmen, and corrupt bankers during the last three decades.

Last updated at 1:45 AM on 08th June 2008
The wife U.S. Republican John McCain callously left behind
By Sharon Churcher
Some of McCain’s acquaintances are less forgiving, however. They portray the politician as a self-centred womanizer who effectively abandoned his crippled wife to ‘play the field’. They accuse him of finally settling on Cindy, a former rodeo beauty queen, for financial reasons. 

Sarah Palin, "The Bridge to Nowhere" collapses:

New Republic  |  AP  |  Newsweek  |  WSJ  |  Wapo  |  Chris Wallace, Fox News Video

Alaskans know the real story of the bridge to nowhere-Alaska CBSNews 11. Watch It.

NY The Sun
Saudi Lobbyist Quits McCain Campaign
By Josh Gerstein
A national co-chairman of Senator McCain's presidential bid, Thomas Loeffler, has quit less than a week after a report in The New York Sun highlighted his work as a registered lobbyist for Saudi Arabia.

MadCow Morning News
John McCain’s Sweet Ride; Lobbyist's Plane Flew Saudi Royals After 9/11
By Daniel Hopsicker
The lavishly-furnished custom Boeing 727 airliner (727PX) which ferried Senator John McCain on four occasions during his Presidential run in 2000 also flew Saudi Royals out of the U.S. right after 9/11, carrying an entourage of Saudi Royals from Las Vegas to London six days after the 9/11 attack in a controversial operation later scrutinized by the 9/11 Commission.

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