Friday, October 31, 2008

Blue Dog Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama

Conservative Blue Dog Democrats Distance Themselves From Obama

The caucus of conservative-minded Democrats has been reluctant to cozy up to Obama, in some cases even distancing themselves from the popular presidential candidate. Scan the group's Web site, and you won’t find a single mention of their party’s presidential nominee.

During a special House election in May, for example, campaign ads linked Mississippi’s Democrat Rep. Travis Childers to Obama as well as his controversial former pastor, Jeremiah Wright. Childers was forced to run a 30-second response ad decrying attacks “linking me to politicians I don't know and have never even met.”

Opponents in Louisiana made similar claims about Rep. Don Cazayoux, who, like Childers, was forced to establish some distance between himself and Obama.

Both Childers and Cazayoux won their House races and now are members of the
Blue Dog Caucus. But both congressmen skipped the Democratic National Convention in August, where Obama accepted the party’s nomination.
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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nearly $10 Million In Fines Against Agriprocessors

Exploitation of Illegal Immigrants Catches Up With Agriprocessors - Illegal Deductions... Wages Illegally Reduced... Wages Unpaid

Iowa’s Labor Commissioner assessed civil penalties against Agriprocessors, Inc. for repeated violations of Iowa’s wage laws from January 1, 2006 to June 30, 2008.

“Once again, Agriprocessors has demonstrated a complete disregard for Iowa Law,” stated Iowa Labor Commissioner Dave Neil. “This continued course of violations is a black mark on Iowa’s business community.”
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sarah Palin and The Phony $150,000 Clothes Flap

Clothes Bought By The Republican Party For Palin Family - Didn't Want Palin Family On National Stage Looking Dowdy In Secondhand Clothes

Republican John McCain's campaign defended vice presidential running mate Sarah Palin on Friday over a flap involving $150,000 in clothes purchased by the Republican Party for her and her family's use.

"Governor Palin did not ask for or want any new clothes," said McCain senior adviser Nicolle Wallace.

"About a third of them have been returned, a third of them sit in the belly of the plane and are available to her and her family for special campaign events, TV appearances and ad filming," Wallace said. "Another third was made available to her family for the public events during convention week."

Palin told the Chicago Tribune that the clothes will either be given back, auctioned off or sent to charity.
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Sarah Back To Wearing Clothes From Consignment Shop

Sarah Palin says she doesn't wear the clothes anymore that have been in focus since it was revealed the Republican National Committee spent $150,000 to outfit her and her family with designer items from posh stores.

Addressing the controversy on the campaign trail in Florida Sunday, Palin told a crowd she's "back to wearing my own clothes from my favorite consignment shop in Anchorage, Alaska."

That shop is called "Out of the Closet" and its owner, Ellen Arvold, told Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen Monday that Palin's been wearing similar outfits on the stump to what she buys at the shop.

Palin "started shopping here while she was running for governor, so it's been about three years," Arvold said.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Senator Ted Stevens Found Guilty

Seven (7) Felony Counts
- And Still Running For Election -

Uncle Ted, the Senator with an avuncular penchant for giftgiving — $3.4 billion in federal earmarks for Alaska since 1995 alone — has been convicted of receiving a few freebies of his own. Stevens, 84, was found guilty Monday on seven felony counts for failing to report $250,000 in improper gifts he received from Bill Allen, the disgraced executive of an oil services company.

The Democrats are salivating at the idea that a jury of their peers may have just cleared the way for a Democratic supermajority of 60 seats in the Senate. But Stevens' chances are better than you might think. The latest polls, from earlier this month, show Stevens in a nearly dead heat with his Democratic challenger, Anchorage mayor Mark Begich. The numbers will change in the wake of the verdict, but it's worth noting that those polls had actually been moving Stevens' way, slightly, since he was indicted in July. It's possible that in Alaska, even a sullied Ted Stevens brand could be enough to win him election.
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Monday, October 27, 2008

Palin: Election Not Over Yet

Pollsters Dismal Record Of Incorrect Predictions
Would Have Us Believe The Election Is Over

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin has a pointed message for Barack Obama: This thing isn't over yet. Speaking in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Palin sharply criticized Obama for acting as if he's already won the election.

Palin mentioned reports that the Democratic presidential nominee, who is leading in the polls, has already written his inaugural speech. That drew boos from the crowd of more than 5,000 gathered for a rally at the Tampa convention center.

Palin said Obama's campaign "thinks this whole election thing is just a formality."
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Note: Sarah Palin had a great turnout in Des Moines last Saturday at the HyVee Center.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Police Departments Prepare For Civil Unrest If Obama Loses

Violence Could Ensue In Communities
Already Suspicions Of Foul Play

Police departments in cities across the country are beefing up their ranks for Election Day, preparing for possible civil unrest and riots after the historic presidential contest.

Public safety officials said in interviews with The Hill that the election, which will end with either the nation’s first black president or its first female vice president, demanded a stronger police presence.

Some worry that if Barack Obama loses and there is suspicion of foul play in the election, violence could ensue in cities with large black populations. Others based the need for enhanced patrols on past riots in urban areas (following professional sports events) and also on Internet rumors.
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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Polls, Polls and More Polls... What To Believe?

Latest A.P Poll Show Obama 44% and McCain 43%
- Election Essentially Running Even...

The presidential race tightened after the final debate, with John McCain gaining among whites and people earning less than $50,000, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows McCain and Barack Obama essentially running even among likely voters in the election homestretch.

The poll, which found Obama at 44 percent and McCain at 43 percent, supports what some Republicans and Democrats privately have said in recent days: that the race narrowed after the third debate as GOP-leaning voters drifted home to their party and McCain's "Joe the plumber" analogy struck a chord.
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Contrary to other polls, some of which show Obama ahead by double digits, the IBD/TIPP Poll shows a sudden tightening of Obama's lead to 3.7 from 6.0. McCain has picked up 3 points in the West and with independents, married women and those with some college. He's also gaining momentum in the suburbs, where he's gone from dead even a week ago to a 20-point lead. Obama padded gains in urban areas and with lower-class households, but he slipped 4 points with parents.
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Note: About IBD/TIPP: An analysis of Final Certified Results for the 2004 election showed IBD's polling partner, TIPP, was the most accurate pollster of the campaign season. Learn more at

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Iowa State Senator James Seymour Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor

Plead Guilty To Soliciting Decoy Prostitute In 2002
- Senator Has No Opponent In Election -

Iowa State Senator James Seymour, a Republican representing the 28th District from Woodbine, pled guilty more than six years ago for solicitation after responding to an ad for a prostitute in Des Moines.

That revelation came Oct. 19 when the Des Moines Register published a story on elected officials' past criminal history. Seymour, 69, was running for his first term in the Iowa Senate at the time of his arrest.

Reached at home Oct. 20, he confirmed he was arrested in March of 2002 for solicitation after handing over $90 to what would later be revealed as a decoy prostitute. He appeared in court and pled guilty to a misdemeanor. He also had to pay a fine. Seymour told the Register the report could "destroy" him.

"To some degree, it already has," Seymour told The Woodbine Twiner. "Can I salvage my life and my career? I don't know. That's for other people to judge."
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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Dead Goldfish Registered To Vote In Illinois

Anything With A Name Can Be Registered To Vote
- No Voter Fraud Says Democrats

The paperwork sent to a "Princess Nudelman" likely came from the "Women's Voices, Women Vote" project, which sent nearly 1 million mailings to Illinois households in August using a list that mistakenly included some pets, said Sarah Johnson, a spokeswoman for the not-for-profit group that encourages single women to vote.

The mailing list, purchased from a vendor, included names from warranties, magazine subscriptions and other sources, Johnson said. The group attempted to screen out obvious pet names.

"Fido's not going to be left on there, but if a cat is named is Polly, she may be," Johnson said. Princess could be a person's name, she insisted. "I went to high school with two Princesses."

Nudelman said the only address on the registration card was the Lake County clerk's office. She said she wrote election officials a humorous note explaining why the fish was ineligible to vote.
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Monday, October 20, 2008

Gov. Palin Gives Highest Saturday Night Live Ratings Since 1994

Alaska's Governor Grooves To Rap Song -
Shows She Is A Good Sport...

"It was so much fun and the cast members were amazing -- talented and sharp -- and very welcoming. It was a blast," Palin told "The Insider" while arriving at her New York hotel after the show.
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Friday, October 17, 2008

What Happened To Global Warming?

A Possible Little Ice Age Coming...
As strange it might seem, Alaska's glaciers could appear to be
shrinking for some time while secretly growing. Molnia said there are a few
glaciers in the state now where constant snow accumulations at higher elevations are causing them to thicken even as their lower reaches follow the pattern of retreat fueled by the global warming of recent decades.

Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008.

Unusually large amounts of winter snow were followed by unusually chill temperatures in June, July and August.

"In mid-June, I was surprised to see snow still at sea level in Prince William Sound," said U.S. Geological Survey glaciologist Bruce Molnia. "On the Juneau Icefield, there was still 20 feet of new snow on the surface of the Taku Glacier in late July. At Bering Glacier, a landslide I am studying, located at about 1,500 feet elevation, did not become snow free until early August.

"In general, the weather this summer was the worst I have seen in at least 20 years."

Never before in the history of a research project dating back to 1946 had the Juneau Icefield witnessed the kind of snow buildup that came this year. It was similar on a lot of other glaciers too.
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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Nebraska State Senator Ernie Chambers - Omaha's Embarrassment

State Senator Loses Lawsuit To Sue God
- Case Dimissed With Prejudice

A judge has thrown out a Nebraska legislator's lawsuit against God, saying the Almighty wasn't properly served due to his unlisted home address.

State Sen. Ernie Chambers filed the lawsuit last year seeking a permanent injunction against God. He said God has made terroristic threats against the senator and his constituents in Omaha, inspired fear and caused "widespread death, destruction and terrorization of millions upon millions of the Earth's inhabitants."

Chambers has said he filed the lawsuit to make the point that everyone should have access to the courts regardless of whether they are rich or poor.
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On Tuesday, however, Douglas County District Court Judge Marlon Polk ruled that under state law a plaintiff must have access to the defendant for a lawsuit to move forward.

"Given that this court finds that there can never be service effectuated on the named defendant this action will be dismissed with prejudice," Polk wrote.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Conservative Party Wins Election In Canada

Conservatives Do Not Have Parliamentary Majority

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Wednesday he will reach out to all parties during the global financial meltdown after his Conservative Party won in national elections but fell short of a parliamentary majority.

With nearly all the returns in, Canada's election agency reported on its Web site that the Conservatives had won or was leading in races for 143 of Parliament's 308 seats, an improvement over the 127 seats the party had in the previous Parliament.
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Monday, October 13, 2008

More Sacrilege: Lyrics - Jesus Was A Democrat Like The Bible Says He Was

The Gospel According To The Band

Lyric Excerpts:

If Jesus was a Democrat like the bible says he was...

I think Jesus would have been a card carrying liberal
If he was a young man born in the USA..

If Jesus was alive today
And you had a chance to meet him face to face
I'm pretty God-damned sure that you and your friends
Would find some way to kill him all over again
You would kill him all over again
Again and again and again
Just like you always do
You do just what you always do

I bet you think of him
As a nice clean long haired Republican, nah
He would be all locked up in Guantanamo Bay
If he were alive today
He would have been a revolutionary
Wanted by the CIA

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