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“Fired Up? Ready To Go!”

4 Nov

Powell Endorses Obama.

20 Oct

A moving pro-Obama endorsement from General Powell, (former Secretary of State) not to be ignored.

Great for forwarding onto on-the-fence voters, or anyone for that matter. General Powell gives an eloquent, rounded, intelligent, and therefore convincing answer to the question, “Who will you vote for?”

McCain’s greatest moment in the debate.

16 Oct

You just can’t ignore a bond like this.

16 Oct

I just found these pictures and wanted to share. You can tell his daughters adore him, and vise versa.

I don’t know of any presidential candidate or president for that matter who looked his wife in the eye, laughed together, and openly displayed affection and attraction in front of American public. I just like seeing this type of realness from an important public figure.

more photos here. and here.

“McAngry” now the new angle.

16 Oct

from Huffington Post:

“As much as cable pundits seemed to agree that John McCain had his strongest debate yet this evening, most also saw his constant grimacing as his performance’s biggest drawback.

On Fox News, Brit Hume charitably described McCain as sporting a ‘peculiar’ expression on his face while listening to Obama. ‘I don’t know,’ he then said to conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, who agreed that Obama, by contrast, was a man of ‘remarkable self-containment.’

On CNN, Gloria Berger predicted that McCain’s grimaces would become an enduring media narrative.

Seeking to help that media frame along is a new YouTube video, forwarded to the Huffington Post by some Democratic activists, which cuts together McCain’s most awkward moments to the sounds of the Gnarls Barkley song ‘Crazy.'”

Petraeus agrees with Obama about negotiations (and more about McCain foreign policy.)

16 Oct

Take from The Huffington Post:

The McCain Doctrine, if there is such a thing, basically boils down to two core beliefs: 1) you don’t sit down and talk with your enemies (and sometimes you don’t sit down and talk with your friends, either — see Spain) 2) the surge was the greatest, most successful strategy ever, and should be exported to Afghanistan.

Obama can make his case on the wrong-headedness of McCain’s approach by calling on a persuasive lineup of evidence, including the words of Gen. David Petraeus and Gen. David McKiernan (commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan), and the latest consensus findings of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

Let’s start with Petraeus, who McCain has called an “American hero,” and who is also the person he’d most like to have dinner with. Last week, speaking at the neocon -friendly Heritage Foundation, Petraeus basically gave his seal of approval to Obama’s stand on negotiating with hostile foreign leaders while undercutting McCain’s.

Asked specifically about the disagreement between the two candidates on this issue, which flared up again during the last debate, Petraeus said, “I do think you have to talk to enemies.” He pointed out that in Iraq “we sat down with some of those who were shooting at us” — even some “with our blood on their hands.” “This is how you end these kinds of conflicts,” he said.

That’s precisely the kind of thinking that led Sarah Palin to call Obama “beyond naïve” and “dangerous,” and McCain to repeatedly accuse him of not understanding the world. Betcha they won’t say the same thing about Petraeus.

and more…

Despite all this, McCain continues to point to the surge as proof of his foreign policy acumen — and, in the last debate, suggested it’s the same strategy that is “going to have to be employed in Afghanistan.”

Gen. McKiernan doesn’t agree. He points to “countless… differences between Iraq and Afghanistan,” and concludes: “What I don’t think is needed — the word that I don’t use in Afghanistan is the word surge.”

McCain obviously hasn’t gotten that memo. Nor the one explaining that those still occupying the White House now privately admit that Afghanistan is, as according to Katie Couric, the “single most pressing security threat in the war on terror.” McCain and Palin continue to insist the “central front” in the war on terror is Iraq.

All told, McCain’s response to our greatest national security crises, Iraq and Afghanistan, has been every bit as erratic, reckless, glib, and clueless as his response to the financial crisis.

If Obama and Biden forcefully drive this point home again and again, should McCain unleash an all-but-certain-to-be-about-national-security October Surprise, it will prove to be no more successful than his pathetic attempt to smear Obama using Bill Ayers.

Last Debate Party: Galapagos.

14 Oct

Join us Tomorrow for the 
Final Presidential Debate LIVE!
Wednesday, October 15, 8pm

Galapagos Art Space presents the final Presidential Debate projected live on our 12’X12′ screen. With only 21 days left until November 4th, this is the pivotal debate. 

Buy a $5 ticket here and entry is guaranteed before 8pm, 
– and your first drink is Free!

7-Eleven Election.

14 Oct

This is really interesting, 7-eleven is offering two versions of their coffee cups. Both representative of support for McCain or Obama with their respective party colors. By simply choosing one coffee cup or another you are casting a vote that the convenience store actually keeps track off online nationwide and by state. And it seems the past companies results were in line with the past two presidential elections. Definitely food for thought.

Letter from Jim Leach about the GOP.

13 Oct

Dear (______), 

I am proud to have served thirty years as a Republican in Congress. But this past Spring, I came to the conclusion that the party I loved, respected, and supported had lost its moorings. 

The tradition, pragmatism, and inspiration of leaders like Lincoln, Eisenhower, and Reagan have given way to partisan divisiveness. 

Today, our country faces unprecedented problems — an economic downturn as profound as any in living memory, growing instability in global security, and important questions about our energy future. 

More of the same simply doesn’t fit the times, and Republicans as well as Democrats understand that change is needed. 

After decades in Washington — witnessing the processes of government firsthand — I have every confidence that Barack Obama is ready to bring that change. 

Please join me in sharing that message by forwarding this email to your friends and asking them to

Or better yet, reach out to your entire community by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. 

We’ll provide a list of local papers and some important background on the issues to help you get started. We’ll even send the letters to the papers for you. 

As Barack often says, this is a defining moment. Good citizens may disagree on issues and approaches to problem solving, but rarely have we had a greater need to pull together and seek unity in the face of division. 

Barack has a broad, inclusive vision for the future of America. He is forward-looking in his proposals on alternative energy and education, and grounded in an approach to decision making that transcends party. 

He has chosen foreign policy and economic advisers of the highest caliber. People like Retired General Anthony Zinni, former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, and President Clinton’s Secretary of the Treasury Bob Rubin are all first-class professionals. 

And he has shown his ability to withstand challenge. I often tell my students at Princeton to choose a candidate who most reflects what Lincoln termed “the better angels of our nature.” Senator Obama has more reason than any Presidential candidate I have observed to lash out with anger. Yet he responds to irresponsible Swift Boat-style attacks with calm and steady leadership. 

Barack Obama has inspired millions who want a new approach to politics and civic life — Democrats and Republicans alike. 

Please join me in welcoming everyone to this movement for change. Forward this message to your friends, or use the link below to write a letter to the editor in your local paper: 

Thank you for making your voice heard. 



Former Representative Jim Leach
Iowa’s 2nd District, 1977 – 2007 

P.S. — I gave a speech laying out some of the reasons so many traditional Republicans and independents support Senator Obama at the Democratic National Convention. You can watch it here:

Female Republicans are pissed about Newsweek cover.

9 Oct

I have seen some recent broadcasts about the anger over the recent Newsweek cover of Sarah Palin. The adjoining article, entitled, “The Palin Problem”, paints a very negative picture of the folksy VP candidate. The sub-headline of the article reads, “Yes, she won the debate by not imploding. But governing requires knowledge, and mindless populism is just that—mindless.” Click here to read the article.

Take a look at the Newsweek cover below and judge for yourself it it was appropriate for print-showing Palin in 100% real lighting, real close sans Photoshop.

An important question to ponder, “Do we want leaders who are everyday folks, or do we want leaders whounderstand everyday folks? “