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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Obama, Clinton, McCain all coming

Howard Wilkinson reports:

Cincinnati may not be the center of the universe in Ohio’s Democratic presidential primary, but both candidates – Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton – will be here for campaign events over the next several days.

They will be followed quickly by Republican frontrunner John McCain, who plans to hold a campaign rally at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Hamilton County Memorial Hall, next to Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine.

Clinton campaign officials said Thursday the New York senator will be here Saturday for an event at a time and place to be announced.

Obama’s campaign has penciled in Cincinnati for a stop Monday at the midpoint of a three-day campaign swing through Ohio. As with the Clinton event, though, a time and place for the Obama visit has yet to be announced.

It will be Obama’s first trip to Cincinnati since last February, when he came to the Westin hotel for a fund raiser downtown that attracted over 1,000 people and raised several hundred thousand dollars for his campaign. Michelle Obama, the candidate’s wife, came in for a rally that drew 1,500 people to the Music Hall ballroom Friday night.

Clinton was here Friday too, speaking to about 200 supporters crammed into a Skyline Chili in Oakley.

Both candidates can be expected to come back to the Cincinnati area before the March 4 primary, but, chances are, they’ll spend more time in other, more heavily Democratic parts of the state. Only about one of every 10 Democratic primary voters in Ohio lives in the four southwestern Ohio counties of Hamilton, Clermont, Warren and Butler.

About four of every 10 Democrats live in the Cleveland area.
To RSVP for the McCain rally, email vbailey@mccain08hq.com or call (614) 307-1065


at 8:39 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it really true that he will part the Ohio River and walk over to Covington?

at 9:02 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Completely false!! He will not need to part the river since he can walk on it.

at 9:05 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is so good, he will also transport the Little and Great Miami Rivers, the Millcreek and Licking Rivers. And that will be before lunch time. Hooray for Obama!

at 9:12 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will Oprah and the Kennedy's be with him. It's amazing how money still talks and bull**it gets you HOT on the campaign trail. Hillary Rodham Clinton ALL THE WAY IN 2008!!

at 9:19 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous hype not hope said...

and he'll also miraculously make the Banks project appear- it will be renamed the Obama Temple!
he'll also move the doors on the Freedom Ctr at no cost to taxpayers, and fund the ctr until eternity!!

at 9:31 AM, February 21, 2008 Blogger Angie said...

And how old are we??? Obama is a breath of fresh air. I believe he would be a wonderful president, oh but the armchair quarterbacks could do better job!! For the disbelievers...hold onto your hat, I feel a change coming on!!

at 9:34 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il.

One is just as bad as the other, but Hillary Clinton is more terrifying than all combined.

at 9:36 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary = the modern day female Hitler.

McCain = old and crusty Bush light (not the beer).

Obama = modern day Abraham Lincoln or John Kennedy

Which one to choose?

at 9:38 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldnt put Obama in charge of my child's lemonade stand, let alone give him the checkbook with 2.3 Trillion in it....

at 9:53 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is the most promising candidate this country has had for decades. He has the ability to unite the country and a clear plan for change in a shaky America. I plan to be wherever he is when he visits the Queen City...and I won't be alone. I had to wait IN LINE just to sign up to be volunteer for his campaign. Cincinnati is ready for change and so is the rest of America....GO OBAMA GO!!

at 9:56 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always surprised at the vehemence of Hillary supporters. They are vicious. However, they are putting their energies into supporting a dead horse. Hillary is a loser. She put up with Bill's dalliances over the years in order to become president herself. And now that chance is gone.

at 9:59 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie, you've got it right. Who cares what the stuffed shirts in this greedy GOP town want. Enough true Americans are tired of all of it - and where not looking back - if it's Obama or Clinton - we can count on change happening because there's no chance more Americans will elect a 72 year old republican who's ready for 100 more years of a stupid war.


at 10:09 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

lightweight,cotton candy,feel good rhetoric...yeah...that's presidential material!
Ba-rockstar Obama 2008!

at 10:12 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie and what is wrong with the change being a Woman! There has never been a woman president but there certainly has been a lot of men presidents promising everything. Also did you know that all men didn't matter what race, religion you were but all men could vote before women were allowed to. I think the real change would be to give women a chance to show what real change is all about.

at 10:20 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama is 1) a radical socialist, 2) a determined champion of abortion, including that inhumanly cruel practice of killing partially-born babies known as "partial-birth abortion,"
3) a babe in the woods in foreign affairs who thinks we should talk to the thugs and murderers of Islamic Fascism rather than killing or imprisoning them,
4) an empty resume with no experience, no track record and no substance, 5) a demogogue who knows how to work a crowd, particularly a crowd of young people whose lack of experience mirrors his, 6) totally unfit and unprepared to be Commander-in-Chief of the US Armed Forces in time of war (or any other time) and 7) riding a temporary wave of uncritical enthusiasm and emotion that will wither as time passes and people begin to examine the yawning void of his background.

My hope is that Barack Hussein Obama and Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriend's wife will go into the Democrat convention in July without having decided which will be the nominee. The royal donnybrook that will occur will be better than the WWF with teeth, hair and eyeballs all over the convention floor. C-Span will show it all. You don't want to miss it. And out of the melee, Clinton will emerge as the nominee and head of a fractured, feuding party headed toward election defeat in November.

at 10:32 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Old Man McCain is a philandering, crooked hypocrite.

McCain's Double Talk Express is promising a 3rd Bush term-he has embraced everyone of Bush's polocies.

at 10:38 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's going to lower my middle income taxes....he said so....right????

at 10:42 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is amazing how you idiots fall in line because someone is a good speaker. Obama is handing everyone everything that they need but has yet to tell anyone how he plans to pay for it. Barack is an empty suit, charisma is not enough to make a good president. Those following obama are truly sheep, the weakest of our society.

at 10:54 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Corey said...

I think it's great that all the anti-Obama rhetoric is just people repeating what Hillary told them, funny.

Do you people really think he's running on nothing? He's got as many "plans" as Hillary, she's just mad because people are excited about him, and a little tired of her.

Also, drop the Barack Hussein Obama junk, we all know his middle name. It was a news story about 12 months ago. Wwe get it, you're trying to make it some like he's Muslim, and that just shines a big spotlight on your ignorace because it's a well know fact that he isn't.
You don't see people tossing out Hillary or McCain's middle name, so why Obama's?
(I'd call you a rasist, but religion isn't a race thing)

at 10:54 AM, February 21, 2008 Blogger Chanda45227 said...

Why are Hillary Clinton supporters always saying Obama has no experience...lets look at the facts:

These bills can be found on the website of the Library of Congress
but to save you trouble, here they are:

1. Establish the Kate Mullany National Historic Site.
2. Support the goals and ideals of Better Hearing and Speech Month.
3. Recognize the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
4. Name courthouse after Thurgood Marshall.
5. Name courthouse after James L. Watson.
6. Name post office after Jonn A. O'Shea.
7. Designate Aug. 7, 2003, as National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
8. Support the goals and ideals of National Purple Heart Recognition Day.
9. Honor the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton on the bicentennial of his death.
10. Congratulate the Syracuse Univ. Orange Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
11. Congratulate the Le Moyne College Dolphins Men's Lacrosse Team on winning the championship.
12. Establish the 225th Anniversary of the American Revolution Commemorative Program.
13. Name post office after Sergeant Riayan A. Tejeda.
14. Honor Shirley Chisholm for her service to the nation and express condolences on her death.
15. Honor John J. Downing, Brian Fahey, and Harry Ford, firefighters who lost their lives on duty. Only five of Clinton's bills are, more substantive.
16. Extend period of unemployment assistance to victims of 9/11.
17. Pay for city projects in response to 9/11
18. Assist landmine victims in other countries.
19. Assist family caregivers in accessing affordable respite care.
20. Designate part of the National Forest System in Puerto Rico as protected in the wilderness preservation system.

Those are the fact's straight from the Senate Record.

Now, I would post those of Obama's, but the list is too long, so I'll mainly categorize.

During the first - 8 - eight years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced 233 regarding healthcare reform, 125 on poverty and public assistance, 112 crime fighting bills, 97 economic bills,
60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills, 21 ethics reform bills, 15 gun control,
6 veterans affairs and many others.

His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and
co-sponsored another 427. These inculded **the Coburn-Obama Government Transparency
Act of 2006 - became law, **The Lugar-Obama Nuclear Non-proliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act, - became law, **The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, passed the Senate, **The 2007 Government Ethics Bill, - became law, **The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill, In committee, and many more.

In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 bills and co-sponsored another 1096.

An impressive record, for someone who supposedly has no record
according to some. A LITTLE RESEARCH GOES A LONG WAY PEOPLE! He's not just a talker. He's a doer. He has not divided the Democratic party, if anything he has been a revitalizing force. Hillary practices negative politics and represents the old. We need someone with the ability to unite across race, gender, ecomomic and party lines, and unite this country so that we can move forward and repair the damage of George W. This country has lost its luster and status in the world, and we need someone who will recapture the respect of the World community. We need Barack Obama!!!

at 10:54 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, whoever left the comments at 10:20AM is realy going to be disappointed come November. Clearly, you read the news. Have you noticed that voter turnout for most state primaries has been about 2 to 1 pro Democrat. Are the republicans napping? I know how it feels to be disappointed in your government and the voters, it's not fun paying taxes when you have no hope or trust in your elected leaders - I've felt that way since Bush was elected. You may even begin to question your own judgement and wonder what it says about you when your views are so different than the voting public. I know I've put up with a lot of grief based upon my progressive liberal koolaid drinking views. Which brings me to my last point, you may notice many changes in the future, for example 'fearmongering' is a term many of us have become very familiar with during the Bush years. We aren't scared, we are proud diverse educated Americans who have a very good trusted friend named Hussein, the thing is we, his friends and supporters call him Barack Obama. If you like you can call him Mr. President.

at 10:59 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is thoughtless uneducated voters like yourself that have allowed us to be in the position that we are in now. Thanks! I sat back and watched while a redneck from Texas that you voted in made a mess of our foreign affairs. Thanks to you I fear that as a women my right to chose will be taken away! As far as his resume, he was a SENATOR for Illinois! As far as your experience, what is that you have done that allows you to be so much more than voters younger than yourself?

at 10:59 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let his bus continue pass Cincinnati, Ohio. GO HOME, OBAMA! Leave us alone!

at 11:06 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Kurt said...

I find the constant portrayal of Obama's young supporters as naive or ignorant about "real-world" politics to be ridiculous. I find that most college students pay more attention to recent events, care more about the activity of our government both domestically and abroad, and are more informed than the average citizen. Am I the only one who notices that the majority of comments on this thread are slander or jokes about Barack Obama? If you want to criticize a candidate, try finding some sort of substance to base it on, not pathetic humor and lies.

at 11:13 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It'sad to hear people talk about Obama stating just because he doesn't have enough experience, Look at the ones in office who do have experience what have they done!!!!!!!!! but ruined the Country and you sure can't trust them.

at 11:25 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome to the shining beacon of freedom(dumb?), Cincinnati. I am excited to see you Mr. Obama.

at 11:28 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

we are electing a nominee based on character and judgment, not experience....everyone knows that presidents surround themselves with experts in every fiend before they make their decisions (except George, of course, who does what he wants anyway, despite advice...)
Read George Will's column in the newpaper today. He writes that the president with the most "experience" in our nation's history was James Buchanan. He served in the House for ten years, then was minister to Russia, then ten years in the senate,then four years as secretary of state,then minister to Great Britain. After just one term, Will says that he secured a claim to the rank as America's worst president. George will be a close second!
Why is it that republicans feel the need spew hatred and negativity?
(think Ann Coulter)....
Time for a change!!! Go Barack!

at 11:37 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I sort of like the hostility of Clinton supporters. I think it reminds us of exactly what our country doesn't need and it only pushes more and more Americans away from her. I'm tired of all the hostility.

People work harder for people they like. And 10 states in a row have shown that they like and are inspired by Senator Obama. Why is his likability used against him? I know it's been a while since our country really LIKED our president, but it's not such a novel concept. Why can't we "hire" someone we actually want to listen to for the next 8 years? I never heard single person talk about his "empty rhetoric" until a few weeks ago when the Clinton camp started touting it. We CAN have a leader with style AND substance. It's been done before.

at 11:43 AM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary WHO????

at 12:11 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is a babe in the woods when it comes to the world. I agree. We also have to look for a person who can serve our nation with morals as well. Clinton has already proven to the nation that the Clinton household can not be a picture for morally upstanding families. What are we teaching our children that it is okay to have an affair and the entire world to know about it?

at 12:17 PM, February 21, 2008 Blogger springj1 said...

Also in response to comment at 10:20:
Is there an original thought in your head or do you simply regurgitate Conservative Talk Radio talking points and attempt to present them as your own opinions?
When will you realize that your party has been hijacked by a bunch of sad old hypocritcal crooks? You've got nothing now that people don't let you get away with playing the 9/11 card constantly.
Americans are tired of a pointless war costing thousands of lives and billions of dollars. We don't need our morals to be legislated for us by a bunch of crooked old men!
Also, isn't it time for you guys to GET OVER BILL CLINTON? It's just sad how you can't let it go.

at 12:21 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous john stephenson said...

I do not believe Barack Obama should be deterred... Unless there are some hidden background flaws which would warrant his rejection.
The recent attacks on his wife and his words were the most objectionable reaction and made the talking heads of the media look childish and petty. Build a flaw were none exist just to create controversy. What ever happened in Journalism 101 "just give the facts" the media seems desperate to create flaws in these men and women who already place their lives to open public scrutiny. Like the New York Times story on McCain. Why now? If I were accused of these acts, I would not hold a news conference to say, “I am disappointed in the New York Times.” If it were not true I would call them what they would be. Prevaricators and Liars. I hope the republicans will vote for Mike Huckabee. The statesmen who has not attacked any candidate. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone comes to mind.
Abraham Lincoln, it must be said his native state gave him just 0.9 percent of the vote in the pivotal 1860 presidential election that saved our nation and changed the world—as in 1,361 votes in a total of 146,216 cast.
Leaders are seldom held in high esteem in their own home territory. They often think ahead of their times.
Three states now rightly claim Lincoln: Kentucky, where he lived his first seven years; Indiana, where he grew up, taught himself to read and write, and lived until he was 21; and Illinois, where he became a lawyer, got into politics — and returned in a flag-draped coffin as a martyred president.
A little side note. One of the candidates who ran against Abraham Lincoln John C. Breckinridge, the "Southern Democratic" choice from Kentucky, was a family member of the late John B. Breckinridge.
John B. Breckinridge, my former boss who was Congressman from the old sixth district introduced legislation to give Washington D.C home rule. We have come a long ways in our attitude and actions. As one who once voter for George Wallace and was with him at Fancy Farm Picnic and Later Jessie Jackson and then Ross Perot these votes in protest of the stagnation of the system. Also, reluctantly George Bush to help restore the Supreme Court to a court who will someday reverse its acts of legislating from the bench. This year I have sent contributions to both Mike Huckabee and Barrack Obama. I like many Kentuckians cannot be put in a box. Abe Lincoln could not be put into a box, but when confronted with the issues of the day he led the country and held the Union in tack.
I remember taking the very first course offered in Black History at the University of Kentucky in 1968 with Dr. Stephen Chaning and later teaching the first unit on Black History in 1970 at Erlanger Lloyd High School. I remember when my Black neighbor's house had sand dumped in his drive way to try to intimidate him into moving from his home. I remember nominating him to be the first black to our democratic party in Boone County. I remember the reactions when I was a teacher in Cincinnati in an all black school and the reactions when I sent my son to an all black school,Douglas elementary, in Lexington. I remember the family reactions, on both sides, when my niece married a black gentleman from Cincinnati, Ohio. Twenty five years later, the marriage like many others of all races, failed, but they and their four children are going on to make great contributions to our country. One of them, Emma, who is a student at the University of Cincinnati, has already traveled to do missionary work. We now, have immigration as a top issue in our country. Leaders that fail to lead, leave a mess in their wake. Leaders that fail to follow a moral compass will always opt for easy solutions which just open the door for more decent. Thank God, Lincoln led. I believe that Mike Huckabee would have led for the Republicans and I believe Barrack Obama will lead for the democrats. Can they solve all our problems, no, but they will lead and I believe they each have a moral compass, knowledge, character and the ability to lead. Our blood bleeds red regardless of our race, religion or ethic background. We are all children of God. While it now looks like Huckabee will be unable to gain the republican nomination. Unless the remaining states see the wisdom in choosing Huckabee.. I see only one path to real change in this Nation. Barrack Obama. I as a republican will be following his campaign closely in the on coming months. We have major problems, from the wars, to health care for all our citizens, Immigration, economic growth, fair tax policy, infrastructure, energy and the very moral fiber of our nation. We all need hope. We all need to be involved. History is the light to our future.
John Stephenson Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Commonwealth of Kentucky
2994 Moffett Road
Independence, Kentucky Road
Independence, Kentucky 41051
www.jstephenson.com 2-21-08

at 12:27 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous bluesky said...

To the right-wing repulican troll who posted 10:20am as anonymous (they are all anonymous sheeple, lol!):

Obama could rock your world you know that? Cause he sure is gonna rock ours.

Mr. President, we welcome your visit to this city of redneck bigots. May your positive energy silence their empty words and stop their assassin's bullets.

Godspeed and God Bless and keep you safe - full speed ahead to November!

at 12:29 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm curious to know: does being the wife of a president give you experience? Uh, no! OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!

I feel the winds of change...

at 12:33 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hail to the chief! The next president is coming to town Monday!. I am ready for change! Republicans for Obama 08!

at 12:51 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Emeril said...


We have a feeling the muslin will stop in OTR for a twenty bag and then on to the docks for some limo action, via the back-door freedom center entrance ?

He wants to talk about how important his mission is for the port of sin-sin-atti !

Somehow, we think the brother fears Sin-clare broadcasting ?

bam, bam

In the alley, bam-eee !


at 1:14 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It only took 7 posts to prove Godwin's Law.

at 1:41 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohio no easy ride for Clinton

Source: BBC

By Louisa Brooke
Columbus, Ohio

Hillary Clinton is battling to survive in the race for the Democratic nomination after Barack Obama's winning streak since Super Tuesday.

Mr Obama has won 10 contests out of 10, and is pulling well ahead in the delegate stakes.


Immediately after Super Tuesday, he thought the conventional wisdom was correct - the race would be close, but Clinton would win. Now he says it is "anybody's to win".


"I don't see any reason why the pattern developed in Maryland, Virginia and Wisconsin - of Obama being able to cut into the base of Hillary Clinton's vote - will stop when you get to Ohio," says Professor John Kessel, Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University.

Read more: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7254513.stm


at 1:58 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Gigabiteme said...

How will Obama pay for all the things he proposes? Well, first, he plans to pull out of a stupid, unnecessary and economy-crippling war. There's a few billion dollars he can shuffle to other, more IMPORTANT terrestrial affairs.

And kudos to the person who posted Obama's record. I get so tired of hearing "he has no experience." That's the absolute worst thing you people can come up with? Oh yeah, I forgot: his middle name is Hussein. Terrorist!

Squeaky clean past, passion and charisma, a clear plan for change? I've been a registered voter for 18 years and should he get the nom, it'd be the FIRST time I felt like my vote wasn't going to the lesser of two evils.

at 2:11 PM, February 21, 2008 Blogger Chanda45227 said...

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Please see attached! My sentiments exactly!!!

at 2:58 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Obama becomes a President nothing is going to change...except for the heartache to all the people who voted for him...
Our founding fathers knew people like Bush and Obama were coming down the road...thats why they balanced executive, judicial and legislative branches...

Bush had a grand vision to change the world... bring democracy to every country in the world...look where we are now..

Here comes another Bush promising different kind of politics...whatever that means...

What the country needs is a sane head who understands issues and restore the reputation our country...

at 3:06 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remind me to leave town for a while until Tuesday - even leave the state.

Let's see them come back between March and the convention and talk to us then.

at 4:01 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, when asked on 60 minutes about his experience that qualifies him for the presidency, Obama said that he ran his Senate office and is running his campaign. Maybe he will be the next John F. Kennedy and drive the US to the brink of nuclear war based on his total lack of foreign policy experience. Stay tuned, America, and beware what you ask for, you might actually get it.

at 4:04 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Mt Auburn said...

Forget about Crusty McCain and Socialists Obama and Clinton. Vote for Mike Huckabee.

at 4:32 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Sarah said...

Oh, come on. You can't call Obama supporters sheep out one side of your mouth while quoting Clinton out the other. Surely you have enough wherewithal to do a search online to read about each of their records and then decide who gets things done. This has been floating around all day today - a list of Obama vs. Clinton accomplishments cited from the Library of Congress: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/2/20/201332/807/36/458633

If Obama can light a fire under people and get things done, I'm all for it. It's not like we aren't still going to have a very divided Congress and he can just railroad whatever he wants through the system. He will be excellent at getting this Congress to finally work together. And it won't hurt to alleviate some of the worldwide Bush animosity with a completely new face and attitude. Talking to our adversaries rather than returning to Cold War tactics? Imagine that.

at 4:53 PM, February 21, 2008 Blogger JimmyD said...

anonymous should've left their name by the funniest and most accurate statement on the Almighty Saviour Barack Hussein Obama:

Is it really true that he will part the Ohio River and walk over to Covington?

Classic post.

at 4:57 PM, February 21, 2008 Blogger JimmyD said...

responding to yet another anonymous post (which shouldn't be allowed):
Obama is the most promising candidate this country has had for decades.

Yes, he does make a lot of promises that's for sure. So he is the most promising candidate in decades. But he won't be able to follow through on any of the garbage he promises, without completing taxing us into oblivion. Here's a quick drill for everyone. Ask an Obama supporter what the man believes in and make them not use the words change or hope or any similar words. They'll find this is a hollow, hollow candidate who was a STATE SENATOR just a couple years ago and now wants to be the most powerful person in the world. I don't think so. But he sure does talk smoothly.

at 5:04 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama has picked the perfect time to run- 75 percent of people want change- any change. When I see the faces of his supporters, it looks like a Joel Osteen service. This life long Republican is voting for Hillary.

at 5:07 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Goodness. Are there people out there that are that naive! There are no magic pills, dialogue, etc. to cope with this dangerous world. Hillary is the better candidate says this lifelong Republican.

at 5:17 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why does Obama supporters assume he has a lock on vision, intelligence, "brnging people together" etc. He is Jimmy Carter revisited.

at 5:22 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fact that anyone would still consider themself a republican is laughable. That they think any of us would be interested in what or who they want in a political candidate is pathetic. GOPer's have hated themself right into a tight little corner. Me, I'll be laughing all the way to the voting both.

Obama 2008!

at 5:58 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Responding to jimmyd: what's so bad about change and hope? Let's look at the state of our country today; an unending war in the middle east that has turned a multibillion-dollar national debt into a multitrillion-dollar debt, a faltering economy, and a president that digs in his heels on environmental issues, using the inaction of other countries as an excuse for his own lethargy. Under these conditions, I would welcome any change. The only reason I'd pick one over the other is because Hillary's campaign isn't so much making herself look like a good leader as making Obama look like a bad one. To me, this shows little or no class and integrity.

at 6:30 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymouses at 5:04 and 5:07, 2/21,
when your taxes go up, way up, when the US begins to be humiliated around the world by the inhumanly brutal bastards of "Allah's Army" and we retreat into Fortress America, when 12-20 million illegal immigrants are suddenly granted citizenship and benefits from a fiscally shaky Social Security system, when innocent unborn babies continue to be killed because they happen to reside in their mothers' wombs, when Steve marries Fred marries their German shepherd and the Dems all cheer our "progress," when you need urgent eye surgery and are put on a government health insurance waiting list for two years, when we permit Red China to annex and conquer Taiwan without firing a shot, when gasoline skyrockets to $10/gallon to the glee of the Sierra Club and Ralph Nader, when the stock market sells off to levels below 1987 because the capital gains tax reverts to its previous high, when our proud military is gutted once again and our worldwide intelligence apparatus is strangled to impotence because of political correctness enshrined on Pennsylvania Avenue, when downtown DC is clogged with San Francisco-style homosexual circuses featuring every twisted sexual practice imaginable, when our borders are open to any and all comers including the terrorists who want desperately to bring death and destruction to our cities and our families, remember, you fools, that you asked for Clinton to be our president. My prayer is that our nation does NOT get the president we deserve, but rather the president we need. And it sure as hell is not Monica Lewinsky's ex-boyfriend's wife OR that smooth-talking nobody with an empty resume, Barack Hussein Obama.

at 6:46 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, 6:30PM sure leads a sad life having to worry about the gays, the demon democrats, and all the death and destruction that will happen in the US if we elect a Democrat. How pathetic you are is no longer debatable, you spelled it out for us. Good luck with your prayers.

at 7:23 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

obama is simply the candidate that makes everyone think about themselves and their faith in life.

usually the ones that come on here bitching about what obama or whoever else needs are basically letting us know what type of candidate THEY would want. for that reason i hope hillary drops out soon and this country can finally do something right for the times in electing obama

at 7:24 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 6:30 is a bed-wetting cowardly wingnut. You better leave the country, coward, because Obama is going to be President.

St. John McCain is toast. John McCain has a pattern of lying to and cheating on people. He cheated on his first wife with the Budweiser heiress while his wife was in the hospital with serious injuries. So much for family values!

John McCain became interested in campaign contribution reform only after he was caught taking contributions from the Savings and Loans and allowing them to screw their investors and senior citizens out of billions, then costing the U.S. taxpayer out of more than $250 billion in bailout money. So much for being Conservative!

at 7:49 PM, February 21, 2008 Blogger JPL said...

These posts affirm why many Democratic candidates don't bother coming here very often for votes. With politicians like Chabot and Boehner upholding horrible ethics records and staying in office, why bother? I wouldn't want their votes on my conscience....

at 8:39 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:30 stop labeling us with your issues. therapy isnt just picking concepts out of ink anymore...

at 8:47 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can all talk about your candidates, but who is going to pay for all these give away programs?
If you can obtain virtually everything for free, what's the incentive to educate yourself and work hard?
I'm tired of footing the bills for those who expect to be cared for by the government and who are happy sitting on their rumps.
Wake up America!
We are quickly becoming a second rate industrial machine to countries whose populations are smarter and willing to work.
Wake up America!

at 9:05 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary is experienced/tested! Ready on Day 1!
Are we that stupid?

at 9:39 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am excited that there is so much excitement around an election. How often in Cincinnati do we have a choice? All the local elections are ofter rigged with only one candidate running. Agreements made in back rooms eliminating the people's need to vote. Sadden though there is so much hatred. This is a historical time, an African American, a woman, a white man.... I wish we could take all the good of each and have the ideal candidate. You really don't need to bash other candidates to promote your own. For me gay and white, without children, its unrealistic to think any one candidate can give me what I want - stay out of my bedroom, cut my taxes, protect me from terrorists, bring home our troops, protect the environment, save my retirement and overall just make it a better place to live. If the president whoever it is, is to be successful, it takes the people each of us to stop the hate and personal agendas. Condemn me if you want for being gay, but I would challenge those who have so much hate to compare their record to mine any day - 25 years in a committed relationship, pay more than what I use in taxes - remember I pay for schools I never use, pay for the senior levy, the mental health levy..... and yes when your kids knock on my door selling cookies, magazines....I buy and yes when you ask me to watch your house while you go on vacation or check in on your elderly parents because you are too busy I do. I guess what I want to say is vote for who you want, just vote, but stop the hate and let's get it right this election.

at 10:30 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Taxing our way to oblivion? Of course... we have to pay for the republican debacle of the past 8 years... no other president has been able to accomplish actually doubling our national debt on their watch. At least when democrats incur debt it is actually spent on AMERICANS... and not foreign countries.

Are you your brothers keeper or not? No you'd probably have the latest I-POD or Plasma TV than make sure your neighbor has health care for his kids. You'd rather drive a BMW or Lexus than a used Buick because you feel your "entitled".

The only reason taxes will have to go up... Bushs unnecessary Iraq excursion. Any president with a vision would of said f*** all these Arabs I announce the total commitment of all our technical resources towards finding an alternative to oil.

No vision.. no plan... the republican way.

at 10:34 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary in the Texas debate just droned on about how she represented women and women's rights while her lying better half was Prez...now where exactly did women's rights improve during the Clinton years?


And McCain is just the male version of Hillary.

Obama represents one sure thing: a less-entrenched politician than either McCain or Obama. Less entrenched in what? In business-as-usual in D.C.

Now of course Obama is just a politician, and a messianic one at that, but I think we all know that if Bette-bob gets elected, Billy-bob returns to the white house, and that's a stain on the red white and blue dress of America that we really don't need.

No more Bushes.

No more Clintons.

Take a chance on Obama.

True, he didn't spend 8 years nagging the first philanderer but Hillary voted for the war in Iraq, so she just can't claim that her experience is superior to Obama's when her JUDGMENT is INFERIOR!!!

at 10:41 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Liberism IS a mental disease. Just read all the comments (above) by the pro Obama fans and the proof is in the puddin'.

PS: Obama is unelectible.

at 10:42 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary is tested? She has led a completely charmed life--and the only reason she didn't divorce Billy-Bob is because she wanted to milk her victimhood cow all the way to the pastures of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Please, Hillary, you're a pathological liar and a bigger con-artist than the Mister.

Hillary's black accent for black audiences should be enough to make any self-respecting african-american to ditch this phony woman!

And why would any black american fail to support a black man for President? What an opportunity this is for our country and the world.

And Hillary can always rejoin the board of Walmart and keep employing women making $2/week making Walmart products in Chinese sweatshops if she gets tired of being a senator!

at 10:52 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm tired of footing the bills for those who expect to be cared for by the government and who are happy sitting on their rumps.

That you think people who want national healthcare are actually sitting on their rumps shows your ignorance. Maybe I want healthcare because being healthy makes me a more effective worker? It seems to have worked for Ireland... national healthcare brought that country an industrial boom that continues to this day. Companies freed from the healthcare burden are free to focus on their core business.

So you don't want to pay for others.. then why do you pay property taxes... you shouldn't have to educate other peoples kids right? Thats not good for you at all that other people are educated. You shouldn't have to pay for police or fire protection for other peoples homes... crime and fire will never spread to your home correct?

at 10:56 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Glad To Be GONE said...

Aren't both Hillary and Barack's campaigns based upon unity, hope and change? If so, they should continue north on 71 and bypass Cincinnati. I left Cincy 10 years but it still seems like the close-minded natives prefer to continue living in the 20th century.

at 11:01 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed -- 630PM commenter you must be leading a very negative life. Do you really feel like all this stuff would happen w/ Obama? I really doubt it.

I have been middle class for the past 8 years, and my taxes still stay flat. The only people saving tax dollars right now are the rich people. Maybe if we actually taxed the ultra rich more, we'd all have a better way of life. Maybe we wouldn't have to sit on I-75 every day at rush hour. Maybe we wouldn't have to close down the city when it snows 2inches. Maybe we could get federal funding for the disasterous I-75 ohio river bridge? Maybe we'd have fewer overcrowded jails that result in thugs back on the street? Hmmm...that'd be nice.

And while we're at it, those taxes could maybe improve our schools? Huh? What - public schools? Yes that's right. Most average people go to public grade schools and high schools. And they're in dire need of help. Especially in urban areas across the midwest, northeast, and south. Perhaps, just maybe, a better education and less running around on the streets could help lower the number of abortions, which is not a political issue but rather a moral issue that will never change with any president.

Who is Allah's Army? I haven't heard of them? The people that conducted 9/11 ain't in Iraq...so why are we still heavily focused there? Maybe we shouldn't try to dictate what each culture and sub-culture in this world should look like. Maybe we should focus on peace -- that's right! Shake some hands. Say hi to people. Hug it out. Worry more about building positive, collaborative relationships with iran, NK, afghanistan, pakistan. Huh? That might work better. Oh yea - and fix our foreign relations. Been to Europe lately? I have. They don't like us much. They think we're war mongors.

Immigrants - we're all immigrants yo! I have some german lineage myself. I seriously doubt our new friends will get their hands on SS benefits in faster time than the common american...in fact, getting the SS payout is a common problem for all young americans, immigrant or not.

Steve and Fred? Fred and German Shepherd? I'm not like Steve, or Fred, or a German Shepherd, but I can certainly get along with them. Have you - gasp - tried? Perhaps you could get some great fashion tips (hint - lee jeans are SO 10 years ago, but they're hot in Sweden RIGHT NOW). Maybe you might get a hot restaurant tip (think NADA), might be nice to have a change of pace from Applebee's?

Universal Health Care? My man Obama ain't for it.

Red China conquer Taiwan? Don't put that stuff on Obama - that's your boy G-dub with the worst foreign relations record of any president to date.

$10/gallon for gas? It's not Sierra Club, it's not Ralph Nader, it's not Democrats. Who is it? It's your deer huntin haliburton buddy. I heard y'all got a 13-point buck last fall - is that true? SWEET!

Stock market to levels below 1987 just because the captain gains tax is higher? I've never heard of such a foolish thing. I doubt Obama would get rid of the capital gains tax, but even if he does, there won't be a sell off. Most of the market is controlled by hedge fund managers and institutional investors. They're not THAT concerned about capital gains tax. Are they?

Proud military? Why do we need all these guns and tanks? I mean, are there people coming after the lower 48 every day? Really? If we don't stop going into TRILLIONS in debt, BRIC countries are simply going to take over world dominance. Do you know how much we owe China? It's like 99999999999999999 yen ^ 45th power. So here's a WILD idea - optimize the spending on the most important priorities. go to the areas that pose the biggest threat (hint-not iraq).

Downtown DC would really be like san fran-style circus because we have a democrat in the office? Hmmm...that's interesting? There is an actual circus show in downtown DC? In the streets? I heard there was a rad German Shepherd show in that circus! He throws a mean boomerang around my friends Steve and Fred.

Are the borders open right now? Obama will eliminate border patrol and let everyone come in? That's interesting - considering the budget $ is already allocated to further improve what is already a strong border patrol.

Terroists everywhere on our streets? That's not gonna happen - our military is way too strong and we still have THREE times the military power (and annual spending) of the next closest country.

Smooth-talk nobody w/ an empty resume? Are you talking about the Yale flunkie who previously managed a (bad) baseball team and an oil-driven gun-slinging state that has an informal motto of "get er done"? Or maybe you're talking about your great-great grandfather who hangs out in Arizona & promises "more of the same" (extremely unattractive)? I don't think you're talking about Obama. Look at the excellent 1054 AM post. Eight years in congress. 820 bills sponsored. That's progress there.


at 11:03 PM, February 21, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Obama.
Not beholden to the narrow minded, petty me-first generation that brought Billary and W to the White House and bought the influence of both.
Mr. Obama is a leader, a galvanizer, a consensus builder, and an open minded advocate for those without wealth, rank, or status, those who seek to empower themselves with hands up, not handouts.

Now is the time, history will be made , the world is watching.

Obama 08
Be the Change

at 12:41 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 6:30 Anonymous. As usual the dem/libs simply indulge in ad hominem attacks instead of taking a hard look at the laundry list of dire predictions I expect to become reality if the Jackass party wins the presidency. I'm going to do my best to put John McCain in the White House and to regain GOP majorities in both houses of Congress. But if I fail and you dem/libs succeed, you will regret it. And, sadly, so will I.

at 12:52 AM, February 22, 2008 Blogger leftcoastsportsbabe said...

For all the people who think Barack Obama doesn't have the experience to make the right decision:

He was right on the war.

Right from day one.

at 2:20 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous CORRUPT OLD MCCAIN said...

Well, the wheels have fallen off of the 'Straight Talk Express'....

John McCain Affair? Links To Female Lobbyist Exposed

February 20, 2008 08:03 PM

McCain's Closest Advisers Mostly Lobbyists: The Washington Post publishes another damning front page story highlighting McCain's deep ties to lobbyists:
When McCain huddled with his closest advisers at his rustic Arizona cabin last weekend to map out his presidential campaign, virtually every one was part of the Washington lobbying culture he has long decried. His campaign manager, Rick Davis, co-founded a lobbying firm whose clients have included Verizon and SBC Telecommunications. His chief political adviser, Charles R. Black Jr., is chairman of one of Washington's lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates, which has represented AT&T, Alcoa, JP Morgan and U.S. Airways.
Senior advisers Steve Schmidt and Mark McKinnon work for firms that have lobbied for Land O Lakes, the UST Public Affairs, Dell and Fannie Mae. [...]
In McCain's case, the fact that lobbyists are essentially running his presidential campaign -- most of them as volunteers -- seems to some people to be at odds with his anti-lobbying rhetoric. "He has a closer relationship with lobbyists than he lets on," said Melanie Sloan of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. "The problem for McCain being so closely associated with lobbyists is that he's the candidate most closely associated with attacking lobbyists."
Public Citizen, a group that monitors campaign fundraising, has found that McCain had more bundlers -- people who gather checks from networks of friends and associates -- from the lobbying community than any other presidential candidate from either party.

More From NYT Editor Keller: Bill Keller, New York Times executive editor, tells NPR that the McCain piece was "not a gotcha story about some kind of quid pro quo." Read highlights.
Cindy McCain "Stands By Her Man": AP reports:
Cindy McCain did not hesitate as she stepped toward the microphone, taking her place in the history of political wives who stood by their men in the face of rumored or alleged marital infidelity.

"Well, obviously, I'm disappointed," she said, her voice low but clear and self-assured. "More importantly, my children and I not only trust my husband, but know that he would never do anything to not only disappoint our family, but disappoint the people of America. He's a man of great character."
She and her husband, likely Republican presidential nominee John McCain, emphatically denied suggestions in published reports that he had an affair with a lobbyist.
A coterie of wives has confronted the public pain of such an accusation. Smaller still is the band who, like Cindy McCain, have spoken out.
Dean Hammers McCain: Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean "dove into the controversy surrounding the New York Times story indicating that John McCain may have had an improper relationship with a lobbyist," saying he believes McCain is part of the "culture of corruption" in Washington.
McCain, he charged, "is talking all the time about being a reformer and a maverick, and in fact, he has taken thousands of dollars from corporations, ridden on their corporate jets, and then turned around and tried to do favors for them and get projects approved. He has tons of lobbyists on his staff."
But Ben Smith observes that many liberal blogs are actually highly skeptical of the NYT story. Sen. Barack Obama declined to comment on the story on Thursday.
NYT Editor Bill Keller Stands By Story: From Media Bistro:
On the substance we think the story speaks for itself. In all the uproar, no one has challenged what we actually reported. On the timing: Our policy is we publish stories when they're ready. "Ready" means that the facts have been nailed down to our satisfaction, the subjects have all been given a full and fair chance to respond and the reporting has been written up with all the proper context and caveats. This story was no exception. It was a long time in the works. It reached my desk late Tuesday afternoon. After a final edit and a routine check by our lawyers, we published it.
Statement From Vicki Iseman's Firm: Alcalde & Fay (Vicki Iseman's lobbying firm) president Kevin Fay:
"The allegations and malicious innuendo reported by the New York Times yesterday are completely and utterly false. Alcalde & Fay's relationship with Senator McCain has been professional, appropriate and consistent with his legislative, jurisdictional and constituent duties. The story is based upon the fantasies of a disgruntled former campaign employee and is without foundation or merit. Ms. Iseman is a hard working professional whose 18 year career has been exemplary and she has our full support. It is beneath the dignity of a quality newspaper to participate in such a campaign of character assassination."
McCains Hold Press Conference To Deny Allegations: Read the AP write-up here, or watch video:
McCain Releases 1,500-Word Response To NYT: "Aides to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have released a remarkable 1,500-word document outlining what his campaign calls 'some of the facts that were provided to The New York Times but did not end up in the story.'" Read more here.
Top McCain Aide Speaks About Role In Story: John Weaver, a top McCain aide until his resignation in July, talks to Politico:
The only on-the-record source the New York Times used in their John McCain story says he gave his quote to the paper in December and immediately shared it with the Arizona senator's top strategists.

John Weaver, formerly McCain's top strategist, tells Politico that after hearing repeatedly from Times reporters working on the story, he asked for written questions and then provided an e-mail response.
"They asked about the Union Station meeting and so I answered their questions," Weaver says. "I forwarded it to Steve, Charlie and Mark within minutes of sending it to the Times."
Steve Schmidt, Charlie Black and Mark Salter are all top advisers to McCain.
McCain's Daughter: Politics Is "Petty": Meghan McCain has posted the a blog entry in response to the accusations against her father:
Life is all about perspective. Having grown up in politics, I know it's an industry that, for all intents and purposes, is known for being dirty and cruel. And yet, despite it all (and I really mean it all) I feel so grateful and blessed for every single day and for the opportunities I've been given. I have an absolutely epic group of friends, wonderful parents I love and who love me in return, a brother who just returned safely from Iraq, and I have the honor of touring the greatest country in the world with a group of people I just can't get enough of. The list of blessings in my life could go on for days.

Why do I choose to be involved in politics right now? Because my father is different. He's compassionate, full of life, hilarious and is a beacon of integrity to myself and to so many others. Politics is rough, but I absolutely adore my Dad and this campaign and have never, ever stopped believing in him. It's just that simple.
The New York Times has published a bombshell report linking Sen. John McCain to lobbyist Vicki Iseman.
A former campaign adviser described being instructed to keep Ms. Iseman away from the senator at public events, while a Senate aide recalled plans to limit Ms. Iseman's access to his offices.
In interviews, the two former associates said they joined in a series of confrontations with Mr. McCain, warning him that he was risking his campaign and career. Both said Mr. McCain acknowledged behaving inappropriately and pledged to keep his distance from Ms. Iseman. The two associates, who said they had become disillusioned with the senator, spoke independently of each other and provided details that were corroborated by others.
Read the full NYT story here.
Ex-McCain Aide Says He Tried To Intervene: More details from the Washington Post:
Aides to Sen. John McCain confronted a telecommunications lobbyist in late 1999 and asked her to distance herself from the senator during the presidential campaign he was about to launch, according to one of McCain's longest-serving political strategists.

John Weaver, who served as McCain's closest confidant until leaving his current campaign last year, said he met with Vicki Iseman at the Center Cafe in Union Station and urged her to stay away from McCain. Association with a lobbyist would undermine his image as an opponent of special interests, aides had concluded.
Members of the senator's small circle of advisers also confronted McCain directly, according to sources, warning him that his continued relationship with a lobbyist who had business before the powerful Commerce Committee he chaired threatened to derail his presidential ambitions. ...
The aide said the message to Iseman that day at Union Station in 1999 was clear: "She should get lost." The aide said Iseman stood up and left angrily. ...
Concern about Iseman's presence around McCain at one point led to her being banned from his Senate office, according to sources close to McCain. ...
Who Is Vicki Iseman? Read full details about Vicki Iseman.
McCain Issues Statement: Just out from the McCain campaign:
"It is a shame that the New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit and run smear campaign. John McCain has a 24-year record of serving our country with honor and integrity. He has never violated the public trust, never done favors for special interests or lobbyists, and he will not allow a smear campaign to distract from the issues at stake in this election.
"Americans are sick and tired of this kind of gutter politics, and there is nothing in this story to suggest that John McCain has ever violated the principles that have guided his career."
Another McCain Aide Denies Story: Time's Ana Marie Cox talks to top McCain aide Mark Salter:
As for the story's claim that McCain's Senate staff worried, on the eve of the 2000 campaign, about the appearance of improprieties with Iseman, Salter was was dismissive: "There is ONE staffer with the authority and the ability to do this [to ban a visitor from the office]. And that's me. And I never did." Salter also said that the Senator would soon release statements from those people interviewed by the Times for the story -- "dozens" according to him -- who denied many of the facts alleged in the story (including Iseman's supposedly frequent presence in the Senate office), but who were not quoted in the piece. The Times also states that the lobbyist "accompanied" McCain to fundraisers. Salter was emphatic: "She ATTENDED McCain fundrasiers, she didn't ACCOMPANY McCain."

Washington Post Hinted At Story In December
Sen. John McCain said yesterday that he has "never done any favors for anybody -- lobbyist or special interest group," as his presidential campaign issued a statement denouncing allegations of legislative favoritism as "gutter politics."
The Arizona Republican has hired a prominent Washington criminal attorney, Robert Bennett, to deal with the matter. "What is being done to John McCain is an outrage," Bennett said in an interview.
Bennett said he sent prepared answers yesterday to written questions submitted by New York Times reporters who have spent weeks investigating questions about whether the senator did favors for a Washington lobbyist or her clients. She has also retained a lawyer, according to a knowledgeable source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was discussing legal matters.

at 11:41 AM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Barack Hussein Obama our saviour!!!

at 12:00 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 11:01, 2/21, you desperately need to get a new tax advisor. I prepare the tax returns for two thirty-somethings in my family who are married with little kids. One couple makes about 60k, the other about 55k. Both couples have had substantial reductions in their federal income taxes because of the Bush tax cuts.
When someone tells me that "the rich" are the beneficiaries of the Bush tax cuts, as you clearly did, I conclude that person is either lying for effect or abysmally ignorant of the facts. You laid that whopper right up front in your long-winded comment, and you lost me right out of the gate. I strongly suspect you are hopelessly enmeshed in liberal la-la-land thinking, and I see no further benefit from exchanging pleasantries with you.

at 3:18 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the Enquirer Political writers and the Obama supporters. Why can't you do something on this World Net story about Obama and crack cocaine use and homosexual acts? The NY Times did a hatchet job on McCain, why not finally expose Barack for who he really is. A drug abusing, closet homosexual who has the most liberal stances of any candidate in American history who is aligned with Louis Farrakhan and will be soft on terrorists.
Here's the link, I'm sure it won't make it and will be cut out by the Left Wing Media types here.

at 6:40 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:52 You are ignorant; I've worked in Ireland for Pepsi. Ireland taxes at half the corporate rate than the US to attract industry so there is money available. Unfortunately, those Irish Pepsi jobs are your former US jobs.
So when you tax businesses and individuals to pay for people who don't and won't work, you slit your own throat.
Read about Irish taxation benefits and you'll see I'm up to date on my info.
I paid to educate my children in private schools plus paid to educate other peoples' kids.
I do drive expensive cars, but I started with nothing, got a great education, worked 60 hours a week and retired at 55. I'm living the American dream that you want to turn into Socialism.

at 8:25 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Note to all posters >> after 3 paragraphs, no one is reading - just scrolling down. Make it succinct.

at 8:30 PM, February 22, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hillary needs to fire the advisor that told her to wave her arms when speaking.
She looks like she's conducting the CSO and it's phony as heck.

She also needs to fire the advisor for the Xerox shot.

She also needs to fire Bill (or kill Bill).

at 8:34 PM, February 22, 2008 OpenID Mark said...

"Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il.

One is just as bad as the other, but Hillary Clinton is more terrifying than all combined."

You do a terrible disservice to all of the innocents those men slaughtered. Sickening, really.

at 11:38 AM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

One last point, Anonymous at
11:00, 2/21. Pay attention now and don't miss this. You can verify the numbers via the link.

Subject: Fw. IRS agent's observations: TAXES

After watching the democratic debate the other day in Vegas, I literally wanted to puke. For the most part, all of them bashed Bush over and over again on how he is out for his millionaire friends and the big oil companies and he has totally forgotten or disregarded the little guy. So being an ex-IRS employee, I decided to look back on the tax tables to see if there is any truth to what they said and the media keeps stating as fact, "Bush is only out for the rich in this country.

Based on using the actual tax tables (see link below), here are some examples on what the taxes were/are on various amounts of income for both singles and married couples. so let's see if the Bush tax cuts only helped the rich.


Taxes under Clinton 1999 Taxes under Bush 2008
Single making 30K - tax $8,400 Single making 30K - tax $4,500
Single making 50K - tax $14,000 Single making 50K - tax $12,500
Single making 75K - tax $23,250 Single making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 60K - tax $16,800 Married making 60K - tax $9,000
Married making 75K - tax $21,000 Married making 75K - tax $18,750
Married making 125K - tax $38,750 Married making 125K - tax $31,250

If you want to know just how effective the mainstream media is, it is amazing how many people that fall into the categories above think Bush is screwing them and Bill Clinton was the greatest President ever. If any democrat is elected, ALL of them say they will repeal the Bush tax cuts and a good portion of the people that fall into the categories above can't wait for it to happen. This is like the movie the Sting with Paul Newman, you scam somebody out of some money and they don't even k now what happened. Now this is effective (maybe not honest) marketing or maybe a better word is brain washing.


at 1:30 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

12PM 2/22 and 1138AM 2/23 Anonymous posts: I am SO glad you guys don't work on my taxes, because what you are saying is exactly the dumbfounded ignorance your party wants you to believe. Both of you are looking at the total $ amounts instead of the TAX PERCENTAGE. The TAXABLE PERCENTAGE of your TAXABLE INCOME doesn't rise after you hit 150K!!! So the TAX PERCENTAGE table is not rising as taxable income rises!! GW and his crew keep trying to get rid of estate taxes and inheritance taxes and carried interest taxes and any other tax that *gasp* might be put on the rich.

Here is a rather funny article that can help better explain your ignorance:

at 1:33 PM, February 23, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmm..maybe those extra taxes could help the same poor people get a job, get a better education, gain affordable housing, and get out of poverty? What? Kind of a big idea huh?

Or maybe we should just print more money, go into debt, and cross our fingers that everyone goes out and spends that $1200 check on crap they don't need at Wal-Mart? Brilliant...just brilliant.

at 3:27 AM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Historically, putting Clinton and Obama on the same ticket that will win in November would be a great way to cap off the 20th century and it's historic struggles. It would bring to symbolic climax the suffrage struggles of African Americans and Women and the moral causes behind the civil rights and sexual liberties movements - i.e. no more 'glass ceilings' or lower pay for equally talented people. It would be the crowning evidence that affirmative action does have impact in breaking thru barriers of social and power exclusivity and allows for the best and smartest to rise to their highest potential - regardless of race or gender.

We are at a tremendous moment, America, this decision in 2008 - AFTER a reign (8 years?) of such a duo, we could THEN enter into the necessary paradigm shift truly appropriate for the 21st century. Reagan/Eisenhower, clean-Christian GOP politcs are dead and no longer relavent. Now let's get on with it and bury the 20th century idealism of FDR, JFK, RFK and MLK with one sweep! Clinton/Obama 2008!

(Our grandchildren will need a smarter, more agile, more globally connected and culturally diverse America in 2050 than any of these candidates could ever begin to deliver, but we have to have a political evolution in order to get there. 21st century America is no longer Black & White on so many levels.)

Let's get on with it!

at 11:23 AM, February 24, 2008 Blogger greeneyedstone said...

To anonymous at 6:20.Actually D.C. already is clogged with homosexuals already as it boasts one of the largest GLBT Populations in the nation. Every year on Gay Pride Day they flood the streets. And K street employs more gay people than just about anywhere in D.C. And Barack Obama is a closet case.....At least Bill kept it hetero.

at 11:47 PM, February 24, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Clinton megalomania.

at 9:21 AM, February 25, 2008 Blogger Chanda45227 said...

Greeneyed...this is the third post I have seen from you that eludes to Obama being in the closet or on the DL. Do you have some personal experience with Obama that you would like to share with the rest of the class. Because you are starting to look a little ridiculous. STOP THE NONSENSE!!!

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