Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Headlines for the 2nd Presidential Debate (update)

This freakin' thing that is making the rounds since yesterday and is constantly being pulled, is still in working order at the time of publication. If it stops, Newsbusters have a fairly accurate description: these are the forces at work here - take a peek into the crystal ball ...

... the following headlines caught the eye of our editor:

The Boston Globe has statistics on the debates so far.

... STOP PRESS ... this is really getting creepy:

NYT: "Kenya Detains U.S. Author Critical of Obama"

NAIROBI, Kenya — The American author of a best-selling book highly critical of Senator Barack Obama was detained by Kenyan immigration agents on Tuesday as he prepared to give a press conference in Nairobi. Jerome R. Corsi, the conservative gadfly who wrote “The Obama Nation,” in which he attacks the Democratic presidential candidate, was being held Tuesday because he was trying to work in Kenya without a valid work permit, according to local media reports. The reports said that Mr. Corsi would likely be deported. Elias Njeru, a spokesman for Kenya’s immigration department, said, “His immigration forms were not in order.” (...) >>>

... this is no coincidence: read more on Barack "Obama's Character and Kenya Association" ...


Twitter is one huge echo chamber, all true believer o'bots repeating the talking points: "Brack aint no terrist" - "play guilt by association big time" - "McCain erratic" - "Palin and McCain igniting Hate" - "Palin is a total creep and total creeps love her" - it's pathetic ... is the O'church entirely made up of unhinged twelve year olds?


WSJ: "About That Middle-Class Tax Cut . . . - Remember the last time a charismatic Democrat made such a promise?"

"It's like déjà vu all over again." (...) Back when Mr. Clinton was campaigning for president in 1992, he made a pretty direct pitch: Raise taxes on people making more than $200,000, and use those revenues to fund tax relief for the "forgotten middle class."(...) He followed with a pledge: "Now, I'll tell you this," he said. "I will not raise taxes on the middle class to pay for these programs. If the money does not come in there to pay for these programs, we will cut other government spending, or we will slow down the phase-in of the programs." Mr. Clinton, of course, won that election. And as the inauguration approached, he began backtracking (...) he claimed that it was the media that had played up a middle-class tax cut (...) On page one of the New York Times, the paper described the fate of the middle-class tax cut this way: "Families earning as little as $20,000 a year -- members of the 'forgotten middle class' whose taxes he promised during his campaign to cut -- will also be asked to send more dollars to Washington under the President's plan." In some ways, we are today reliving the campaign of 1992. (...) Give Sen. Obama his due. His patter is direct and easy to understand. (...) Congress is even less popular than the president (...) the need for a Republican check on a Democratic Washington is a potent argument. That was one of the lessons from the Clinton years. (...) >>>


... if they want they nail you any which way - as a journalist, she should now ... it accounts for the miraculous metamorphosis from a stuttering dimwit to a sparkling debater who takes on "The Mouth" ...

WSJ: "Palin on Couric: ‘The Sarah Palin in Those Interviews Is Annoyed’"

Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin blamed her failure to come up with a single newspaper that she reads or a Supreme Court decision that she disagrees with besides Roe v. Wade on — you betcha — the media. Her interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, where she stumbled on those questions, was widely mocked, though her performance in Thursday’s vice-presidential debate was generally well received. In the wake of the debate, she granted an interview to Fox News where she tried to explain what happened in the interview with Couric. “Honestly, the Sarah Palin in those interviews is annoyed,” the Alaska governor said. “No matter what you say, you will get clobbered on the answer. (...) she said she reads the New York Times and the Economist. (...) >>>


... googling for an article on a women's group that yesterday endorsed Palin (which we didn't get) instead what we got was this orgy of hatred ... (and that is the MSM!), which reminds us of a truly psychiatric case on a woman, who not only projected her own failings 101 on Palin, but also blamed the Republican Party for it ... for having Palin flung in her face for the way they did ... truly mind-boggling and fairly common ...

PJM: "Ask Dr. Helen: How Do You Deal With a Palin Hater? - When political passion becomes obsessive and unhealthy."


... Fred J. Eckert has precious advise for John McCain ...

PJM: "McCain Must Wake Up and Quit Pussyfooting Around"

McCain needs to come out of his slumber (...) first vehemently attacks Obama and the Democrats over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and compellingly demonstrates the extent of their complicity in the colossal failure as well as the depth of their corruption. (...)

The guy who keeps boasting that he will name the names behind comparatively small time pork barrel if he becomes president had better name the names behind the massive Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac disasters (...) call a news conference (...) demand that Chris Dodd immediately resign (...) that Barney Frank immediately resign (...) that an investigation be launched into the propriety of permitting Barney Frank to oversee Fannie May while his “significant other” serves as a top Fanny May executive (...) that Obama either join with him in calling for a punishment of such an outrageously poor performance or else explain why he won’t. (...) that Obama and Dodd and Frank and all others who raked in money from Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac return those funds and that they make the checks out to the U.S. Treasury. Ask Obama why he selected to be one of his advisers the CEO who ran Fanny Mae into the ground while pocketing some $90 million in six years (...) ask what he was thinking (...)

Put into TV ads video clips of those four-years-ago Congressional hearings about the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight report regarding illegal bookkeeping practices at Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac and warning of looming disaster. It is easy to prove that Republicans took the warning seriously and that every Democrat involved opposed action, arguing “we do not have a crisis” (...) educate the country to the fact that when it all finally did hit the fan, the Democrats tried to pull yet another fast one on the American people by attempting to slip into the $700 million financial rescue plan a provision that would have take 20% of the money for debt retirement and instead earmark it into the coffers of a radical left-wing operation with which Obama has deep roots.

McCain needs to talk — loudly and until the sound of his voice breaks through the media’s barrier protecting Obama — about how Obama’s allies attempted to require taxpayers to pay a kick back formula fee of potentially billions of dollars to this bunch of left-wing radicals who have a long track record of convictions for voter fraud, embezzlement, and misuse of taxpayers’ money — the network of community organizers who go by the name ACORN (...) alert voters to the fact that Obama worked for ACORN (....) was a trainer (...) performed services for them as a lawyer; that he and his unrepentant terrorist friend Bill Ayers worked closely together funneling grants to them; that Obama’s campaign has spent nearly a million dollars to retain their services.

Ask Obama how such sleazy shenanigans had anything to do with restoring confidence (...) ask Obama — what did you know and when did you know it? Demand that he explain (...) ask until he answers. Make Obama squirm. If John McCain comes to his own rescue (...) he will be taking a giant step toward the White House. (...) If he doesn’t, he will be letting down the country — and that is the last thing that John McCain would ever intentionally do. >>>


... Thomas Sowell ... has this to say ...

Townhall: "The Real Obama"

Critics of Senator Barack Obama make a strategic mistake when they talk about his "past associations." (...) Associations are very different from alliances. Allies are not just people who happen to be where you are or who happen to be doing the same things you do. You choose allies deliberately for a reason. The kind of allies you choose says something about you. Jeremiah Wright, Father Michael Pfleger, William Ayers and Antoin Rezko are not just people who happened to be at the same place at the same time as Barack Obama. They are people with whom he chose to ally himself for years (...) an alliance is not just an "association" from being at the same place at the same time. Obama could have allied himself with all sorts of other people. But, time and again, he allied himself with people who openly expressed their hatred of America.(...) Fortunately, there is a documented, factual account of what Barack Obama has actually been doing over the years, as distinguished from what he has been saying during this election campaign, in a new best-selling book. That book is titled "The Case Against Barack Obama" by David Freddoso. (...)

The story of Obama's political career is not a pretty story. He won his first political victory by being the only candidate on the ballot-- after hiring someone skilled at disqualifying the signers of opposing candidates' petitions (...) Obama came out in favor of the Daley machine and against reform candidates. (...) "People don't come to Obama for what he's done, they come because of what they hope he can be." David Freddoso's book should be read by those people who want to know what the facts are. But neither this book nor anything else is likely to change the minds of Obama's true believers, who have made up their minds and don't want to be confused by the facts. (...) >>>


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