Monthly Archives: September 2008

Jeremiah Wright’s Anti-American and Hateful Sermons.

 

 

 

 

 

What a shock it was when I found out about the church Senator Obama has been a member of for 20 years.

At the beginning of his campaign. I had tears in my eyes listening to his call for unity and change in our country. In reality, his campaign has brought about the greatest divisions I can remember, setting the country back to the 50’s, and leaving the democratic party broken down the middle.

He has finally left this church — finally — but reluctantly and with sadness. Unbelievable. And this is only ONE example of the radical associations he has had over the past 20 years since he has been in the continental United States, after having grown up in Indonesia and Hawaii. Stunning.

Posted: 06.21.08  Revised: 10.15.08

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Palin Power Under Hot Florida Sun

Some estimates are at 25,000, others say 60,000 people attended the Palin Victory Rally at the Villages in Central Florida Sunday.  It was a large and enthusiastic crowd.

We left home about 6:30 Sunday morning, arriving there at the event site about 8:45.  After parking in an open field, we walked quite a distance and took our place in an already forming line to stake out our place.  And then we waited.  It was an outdoor event with no place to sit unless on the curb or maybe a few benches were available.  But nobody wanted to lose their place so mostly we just stood.

Finally about 1:30, they began letting people inside the barricades, through the metal detectors and security, and into the stage area.  Taking our place at the front of the entrance lane where they would be making their way to the microphones, we held out until Sarah, Todd, Willow, Piper, and Trig appeared.

It was really exciting to be a part of this.  From 8:45 until her arrival time of 4:30, we met lots of nice people.  But it was hot and getting hotter.  Some succumbed to the heat and had to be revived by medics who were right there when needed.   Almost unbelievable that many people would be waiting it out there in that heat, but I didn’t see anybody leaving.  In fact, at about 4:00 with thousands of people already there, it was announced that the cars were backed up to the highway with others still trying to get in.  And the highway was a long ways out!  All told, it was really something to see votes for McCain/Palin for as far as the eye could see!

Maybe I’ll have some more pictures a little later when we figure out how to get them downloaded/uploaded.  🙂

Okay.  Here they are:

Posted:  09.22.08  Pictures added 09.22.08 @5:52 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. – Thank you, Linda!

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Bush and McCain Proposed Oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Okay.  Now somebody is not telling the whole story here.  This September 17, 2008, article in the Washington Post, begins by stating this:

A decade ago, Sen. John McCain embraced legislation to broadly deregulate the banking and insurance industries, helping to sweep aside a thicket of rules established over decades in favor of a less restricted financial marketplace that proponents said would result in greater economic growth.

It goes on to state:

In 2002, McCain introduced a bill to deregulate the broadband Internet market, warning that “the potential for government interference with market forces is not limited to federal regulation.” Three years earlier, McCain had joined with other Republicans to push through landmark legislation sponsored by then-Sen. Phil Gramm (Tex.), who is now an economic adviser to his campaign. The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act aimed to make the country’s financial institutions competitive by removing the Depression-era walls between banking, investment and insurance companies.

But there is no mention whatsoever of the following from the New York Times in September of 2003 and this is why the credibility of most of the media is at risk because they slant the story to say what they want it to say and not even try to give an overall truthful picture:

New Agency Proposed to Oversee Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

By Stephen Labaton

September 11, 2003

The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.

Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.

The new agency would have the authority, which now rests with Congress, to set one of the two capital-reserve requirements for the companies. It would exercise authority over any new lines of business. And it would determine whether the two are adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.

The plan is an acknowledgment by the administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — which together have issued more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt — is broken. A report by outside investigators in July concluded that Freddie Mac manipulated its accounting to mislead investors, and critics have said Fannie Mae does not adequately hedge against rising interest rates.

”There is a general recognition that the supervisory system for housing-related government-sponsored enterprises neither has the tools, nor the stature, to deal effectively with the current size, complexity and importance of these enterprises,” Treasury Secretary John W. Snow told the House Financial Services Committee in an appearance with Housing Secretary Mel Martinez, who also backed the plan.

Significant details must still be worked out before Congress can approve a bill. Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing. ”These two entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis,” said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ”The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing.” Representative Melvin L. Watt, Democrat of North Carolina, agreed. ”I don’t see much other than a shell game going on here, moving something from one agency to another and in the process weakening the bargaining power of poorer families and their ability to get affordable housing,” Mr. Watt said.

And it is more than a little disturbing that there was no mention of John McCain’s words before congress in 2006:

Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005

The United States Senate May 25, 2006 Sen. John McCain [R-AZ]: Mr. President, this week Fannie Mae’s regulator reported that the company’s quarterly reports of profit growth over the past few years were “illusions deliberately and systematically created” by the company’s senior management, which resulted in a $10.6 billion accounting scandal. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s report goes on to say that Fannie Mae employees deliberately and intentionally manipulated financial reports to hit earnings targets in order to trigger bonuses for senior executives. In the case of Franklin Raines, Fannie Mae’s former chief executive officer, OFHEO’s report shows that over half of Mr. Raines’ compensation for the 6 years through 2003 was directly tied to meeting earnings targets. The report of financial misconduct at Fannie Mae echoes the deeply troubling $5 billion profit restatement at Freddie Mac. The OFHEO report also states that Fannie Mae used its political power to lobby Congress in an effort to interfere with the regulator’s examination of the company’s accounting problems. This report comes some weeks after Freddie Mac paid a record $3.8 million fine in a settlement with the Federal Election Commission and restated lobbying disclosure reports from 2004 to 2005. These are entities that have demonstrated over and over again that they are deeply in need of reform.

For years I have been concerned about the regulatory structure that governs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac–known as Government-sponsored entities or GSEs–and the sheer magnitude of these companies and the role they play in the housing market. OFHEO’s report this week does nothing to ease these concerns. In fact, the report does quite the contrary. OFHEO’s report solidifies my view that the GSEs need to be reformed without delay. I join as a cosponsor of the Federal Housing Enterprise Regulatory Reform Act of 2005, S. 190, to underscore my support for quick passage of GSE regulatory reform legislation. If Congress does not act, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system, and the economy as a whole. I urge my colleagues to support swift action on this GSE reform legislation.

The Democrats killed this measure in Committee preventing the full Senate Vote.

Now, does this tell the whole story of what is happening to the housing and financial system in the United States?  I’m sure it does not.  Mostly what I hear is that it is “complex.” But it sure is unfair and misleading, to say the least, to note something that happened ten years ago without also stating what happened in 2003 and 2006.  The truth is in there somewhere.

Check this link http://cbs2chicago.com/business/fannie.mae.franklin.2.703253.html for some interesting facts about the aforementioned Franklin Raines, former CEO of Fannie Mae, or just Google him.  According to Wiki, Raines is currently employed by Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign as an economic adviser. Recipients of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Campaign Contributions, 1989-2008 Top Three:

Dodd, Christopher J S CT D $165,400
Obama, Barack S IL D $126,349
Kerry, John S MA D $111,000

See all: http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2008/09/update-fannie-mae-and-freddie.html

September 19, 2008 update “In 2005– Barack Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus met with Fannie Mae for a “family” event. In 2005 Democrats also blocked reform of Fannie Mae”  And this little piggy went to market. This video is a must see. click link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLQU7uNR5bM

https://bellalu0.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/shocking-video-democrats-covering-up-fanniefreddie-scam-that-has-caused-our-economic-crisis/

http://sarah-palin-2008.blogspot.com/2008/09/busted-video-of-fannie-mae-ceo-in-2005.html

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http://sweetness-light.com/archive/bush-mccain-tried-to-reform-housing-finance

House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services: The Committee oversees all components of the nation’s housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. The Committee continually reviews the laws and programs relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac…..

http://financialservices.house.gov/who.html

Chairman, Barney Frank (D) and members which include both democrats and republicans

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U.S. Senate Committee On Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

http://banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Information.Membership

Christopher Dodd, Chairman (D). Members, both democrats and republicans.

http://hennessysview.com/2008/09/15/franklin-raines-criminal-enterprise-and-barack-obama-his-accomplice/

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Posted:  09.17.08  Updated:  09.19.08  Updated:  09.24.08

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Governor Sarah Palin’s Alaska, What Do We Know About It

In 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million.


Alaska became the 49th state in 1959.

The Bering Strait separates the United States and Russia by 58 miles.

(The joke just may be on Tina Fey.)   “How to Build a Bridge Across the Bering Strait”, click below.  🙂

 http://www.siberianlight.net/2007/09/12/how-to-build-a-bridge-across-the-bering-strait/

Alaska’s size is nearly 600,000 square miles. That’s more than twice the size of Texas or four times the size of California.  There are approximately 120 islands comprising the Aleutian chain that stretches from the tip of the Alaskan peninsula to within 90 miles of Kamchatka, Russia.

People have come lured by riches beyond their wildest dreams — fur, fish, gold, oil. Others come to lose themselves in a wild land more vast and unforgiving than they could ever imagine. They’ve come to measure themselves against its challenges. In return, they’ve endured bitter temps, isolation, and harrowing adventures for the privilege of living there.

http://www.worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/namerica/usstates/ak.htm

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Alaska During WWII: The only battles of WWII fought on American soil were in the Aleutians.  The Japanese laid siege to the Aleutians in the Alaskan north and these desolate islands demanded extraordinary sacrifices of the combatants.

The Aleutian Islands stretch over 1000 miles from the Alaska mainland into the Pacific. The islands, a string of volcanic mountains jutting out of the ocean, are subjected to some of the fiercest weather on the planet. Violent winds, thick fog, and heavy rain and snow are common, making navigation difficult, even hazardous. On the other hand, the sea around these islands is rich, supporting a wide variety of marine life: seals, whales, otters, fish and seabirds provided plenty of resources for the islands’ original inhabitants. Several hundred low growing plant species cover the lowland tundra, including a variety of luscious berries. It is a uniquely beautiful and harsh environment.

http://history.sandiego.edu/gen/WW2Timeline/aleutians.html

See a brief history of World War II in the Aleutians and the “forgotten warriors” of WWII: (Links below)

http://www.hlswilliwaw.com/aleutians/Aleutians/html/aleutians-wwii.htm

http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art20677.asp

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By far, Alaska’s most important revenue source is the oil and natural gas industry, about 90% of the state’s revenues.

Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska addressed the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission (IOGCC) in New Orleans.

The Governor’s speech stressed that “Americans can no longer afford to warehouse Alaska’s vast resources.” “Alaska will play an increasingly important role in oil and gas production within the United States,” said Palin.

“We’ve developed only a fraction of our known reserves, and have many times this known amount awaiting discovery and commercialization.” This, primarily in reference to Arctic oil and gas reserves in the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A) and the yet to be tapped “10-02 Area” of ANWR.

More than 75% percent of Alaskans support exploration and production in the ANWR.

The seafood processing and fishing industries are also important to Alaska.  Most of  America’s salmon, crab, halibut, and herring come from Alaska.

(Discovery Channel’s TV Series on crab fishing in Alaska. “Deadliest Catch”. Series 2 recently concluded but reruns are frequently shown. For schedule and more details check out the Deadliest Catch website.)

Hard rock minerals are one of Alaska’s most important undeveloped natural resources, including coal, gold, silver, copper, and many others.

Summer in Alaska (above)

Called Denali by the natives and later named Mt. McKinley, located in Alaska’s interior, is the highest point in North America, at 20,320 feet above sea level.

Posted:  09.15.08

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Jeremiah Wright: 9/11 America’s Chickens Coming Home To Roost?

Think about where you were and what you were thinking 5 days after 9/11/01.  Then listen to Jeremiah Wright, Barack Obama’s longtime pastor and mentor:

On the anniversary of 9/11, we will not forget.  So let’s not forget what Barack Obama’s pastor has had to say about 9/11 and about our country, such as America and al Qaeda are the same, just under different flags.

CNN has been running some stories about Sarah Palin’s religion lately, so we need to review what racist and anti-American sermons Jeremiah Wright, Obama’s pastor for 20 years, is known for and maybe some comparisons are in order.  I believe the most “offensive” thing they have come up with about Palin is that she asked for prayers for the troops.

Then Obama goes to Ground Zero and while McCain and Cindy respectfully placed their roses into the reflecting pool, Barack threw his like he was throwing something in the garbage. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDOgPTwRif8&feature=related

Let’s NEVER FORGET!!

McCain/Palin for America!

Posted:  09.11.08

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Did I Hear Senator Obama Say Something About Earmarks?

I’m sure I did just this morning hear Mr. Obama talking about earmarks and I believe he was criticizing Governor Palin on this subject.  Senator Obama said:

“I know the governor of Alaska has been saying she’s change, and that’s great,” Obama said. “She’s a skillful politician. But, you know, when you’ve been taking all these earmarks when it’s convenient, and then suddenly you’re the champion anti-earmark person, that’s not change. Come on! I mean, words mean something, you can’t just make stuff up.”

Now, I thought change was the mantra of the Obama campaign.  Things seem to have changed, all right, and the change is that it looks like Sister Sarah has become the change candidate.  🙂

If Senator Obama wanted to call someone on the issue of earmarks, I thought it was odd that he would bring up Governor Palin rather than John McCain, a fellow Senator, and the one who is actually his opponent.  Obama has a way of playing with your mind and if you’re not careful, he’ll lead you to a wrong conclusion.  Of course, he didn’t mention the millions of dollars (just under $1 billion) in earmarks that HE as a United States Senator has passed out in the two years since he was elected.

After looking into this subject just a little bit, it is abundantly clear why Senator Obama can’t criticize McCain on the subject of earmarks, as you will see.

But just what are earmarks and what do they have to do with anything?  Well, it seems…..

Earmarks are grants of your tax dollars without the normal public review, often given to pet projects by members of Congress in near secrecy.  They add up to billions of dollars, and critics say they are ripe for fraud and abuse by some.

Senator John McCain, who has long criticized the spending practice, “was one of five senators to reject earmarks entirely.”

On the other hand…..

Q  What earmarks did Senator Obama request for the Fiscal Years 2006 and 2007?

A.  A lot. Click link below for a detailed list:

http://answercenter.barackobama.com/cgi … JnBfY2F0cz

**Hmmm, he took the list off — but — here’s another link where you can see all the earmarks he requested.  Be sure and scroll down a little bit to be sure and see them all:

http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2008/03/sweet_scoop_obama_after_initia.html

Sarah Palin was not in the congress, of course.  As Governor of Alaska, Palin reduced her state government’s requests from congress from 63 earmarks to 31.  I don’t know if congress actually funded these projects or not.

Here’s what Palin said in a February interview (obviously before she was a candidate):

“My position has been in trying to read that writing on the wall, and understanding there’s going to be reform,” she said. “We can either put our heads in the sand and ignore the reforms that are coming or we can be proactive and get Alaska in the position of being more productive, contributing more and becoming less reliant on the federal government.”

And here’s how the McCain campaign sees it: Palin “doesn’t mind bucking the establishment to get things done,” said her campaign spokeswoman, Maria Comella. “As vice president, she is committed to working with John McCain to end this wasteful, earmark system that she has seen corrupt leaders in Alaska.”

http://www.adn.com/sarah-palin/v-printer/story/516743.html

So to recap:

  • Senator John McCain requested zero earmarks.
  • Senator Barack Obama requested a long list of earmarks.
  • Sarah Palin requested for her state 31 earmarks from Congress as Governor of Alaska, and is trying to move her state towards less federal money and more self-reliance.

http://www.businessandmedia.org/articles/2008/20080220134418.aspx

Posted:  09.07.08

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Bill Maher: “They Were Ready To Have Sex With Him”

“The coverage after, that I was watching, from MSNBC, I mean these guys were ready to have sex with him (Obama).” – Bill Maher

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Q2WRNiQFf4

interesting;  Video removed from you tube.

(07.21.09):  You Tube has been scrubbed to a great extent since the election, BUT there is a video on the Bill Maher comment here:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-baker/2008/08/30/maher-matthews-olbermann-were-ready-have-sex-w-obama

Haven’t been able to find one of the Olbermann Matthews gushing he was referring to – yet at least.  Too bad it has been removed because it was really something!

(07.21.09)  Update:  Oh, boy, thank goodness for Newsbusters.  They have a video clip of the gushing here, at least some of it.:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/geoffrey-dickens/2008/08/28/matthews-hell-my-critics-obama-inspires-me

Posted:  09.07.08  Updated:  07.21.09

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