Saturday, August 16, 2008
Rick asked Obama who are the three people you would listen to in an admission.
Obama has said his wife and his grandmother. then named people on both ends of the political spectrum.
Obama has said growing up he had to learn it's not about me. Also admitted to using drugs as a youth.
Talks about the bible quote "whatever you do for the lease of these you do unto me." Mentions Poverty, racism.
Says campaign finance reform was a issue he went against his party on and Opposing the War in Iraq was an issue that was against his political interest.
What is the most significant issue you've filp-flopped on in the last ten years.
Says he thought welform reform would have disasterous results, but it worked better than people anticipated. Work has to be apart of the solution.
Opposing the war in Iraq is the most difficult position he ever made.
"All questions surrounding the war have been very difficult for me."
Obama dodged the question of who he would listen to in his administration. He even mentioned his wife after Rick Warren had said not your wife. Also Campaign Finance reform was an issue most democrats agreed with. So he really didn't go against his party on that issue. Also most people say that bill hurts republicans more than Democrats.
Rick warren: People what to know what your worldview is.
Jesus Christ died for my sins and I am redeemed through him.
Embrace not just in words, but in deeds the expections God has for us.
Rick Warren is asking Obama at what point does a baby get human rights.
Obama: Answering that question is above my paygrade.
I believe in Roe V Wade.
I don't think women make these decisions casually.
I want to reduce the number of aboritons.
I am in favor of limits on late term abortions, if there is an exception for the mother's health.
Are there ways we can work together to reduce unwanted pregencies.
Obama: Marriage is the union between a man and a womam.
I would not support a constitutional amendment to that affect.
I do believe in Civil Unions.
I do not believe that inhibit my core beliefs on marriage.
Would you fund embroyic stem cell research.
Says that he would fund in the same way the President did. (funding for research of embroys that are going to be destoryed anyway.)
Does evil exist?
Obama: evil does exist. (mentions many ways it manifest)
Says it must be confronted. We can be soliders in confronting evil. Just because our intentions are good doesn't mean we're going to be doing good.
Which existing Supreme Court Justice would you have not nominated.
Obama: Clarence Thomas (not a good enough legal mind at the time of nomination)
Justica Scalia (because I do not agree with him.)
Justice Roberts (too willing to give administration more power)
Faith Based initatives.
Obama: I know the power of faith based institutions in getting stuff done.
"The devil is in the details"
I want a level playing field for faith based programs.
Do you believe in merit pay for teaches?
Yes, we should reward excellence.
150,000 or less is middle class
250,000 is rich.
It is irresponsible to spend $1o million a month on a war and not pay for it.
150,000 or less you will get a tax cut
250,000 or more you will get a tax increase.
President bush stopped funding for embroyic stem cell research after the existing lines were destroyed. Also saying he would not have appointed any conservative judges (all three of the judges he named were conservatives) shows he will appoint liberal judges to the court and that could help McCain with his base. He also said he will raise taxes on those making $250,000 a month. That of course will cause inflation because corporations will raise prices of products.
What should America Sacrifice American lives for
America's freedom, America's interest.
When would you send in troops to prevent mass killing.
I would go into war without U.N. Approval.
I want strong international support. (Bosina)
Would you be willing to put an emergency plan for orphans?
Compliments bush on AIDS program.
says yes to the question.
What would you do to prevent persecution of Christians around the world?
People's faith and beliefs have to be protected.
We must have religious tolerance in America
Brings up torture.
We must do more to prosected human trafficers.
debasement of Human dignity.
Why do you want to be President?
I believe the American Dream where anyone can become President is slipping away.
Our politics and Washington is broken so that we can't bring people together to work on common problems.
One thing you would say to people if you knew there wouldn't be any consequences
Solving big problems is not going to be easy and there is going to be a price to be paid. There will be sacrifice envolved in finding new energy and proserving the enviroment.
There were on stage with each other for about two seconds.
McCain on stage.
same questions as Obama.
Three people who will influence you admistration
General Petayrus, John Lewis, (Civil Rights Leader) Meg Wittman, CEO of EBAY
What is the greatest moral failure in your life?
My greatest moral failure was the failure of my first marriage. Serve a cause greater than your self-interest
Name an issue you were you went against your party and personal interest on
Climate change, torture, out of control spending, was against peacekeeping mission in Beiruit.
Name an issue you filp-flopped on in the last ten years.
Offshore drilling, it's a national security issue. We have to do everything and we have to have nuclear power.
What was the hardest decision you ever made?
Saying no to early release when he was a P.O.W. was the hardest decision he ever made. Also the decision he's the happiest about.
Brake: Wow McCain came off very well. He's also being funny and charming. answers 4 and 5 we both out of the park.
Faith means I'm saved and have been forgiven. Talks about his experiences of torture of Vietnam. tells a story about a vietnam solider drawing a cross on the ground
At the moment of conception a baby is entitled to human rights.
Marriage is between a man and a women. If the supreme court ruled that Arizona had to recognize gay marriage then he would favor constitutional Amendment
I am in favor of stem-cell research, but believe it will soon be a academic issue. Refers to skin cell research.
Do you believe in Evil?
We must defeat evil. I will get Osama Bin Laden and bring him to Justice. We are facing the transcedent challenge of the 21th Century. Racial Islamic Extremism. We must totally defeat this challenge.
What judges would you not have nominated?
Justice Ginsberg, Stevens, Breyer, and Souter. Are Justices I would not have nominated. Judges should not legislate from the benches. Alito and Roberts are my favorities.
I would make faith base programs hire outside of their faith because it would cripple them.
What about Merit based teacher pay?
Pay good teachers more. Find bad teachers another line of work. Choice and Competition. Home schooling, vouchers, charter schools. etc. It's the civil rights issue of the 21th century. What oppurtunity does a child have if he/she is going to a failing school.
What do you consider rich?
I want everybody to get rich. Keep taxes low. $7,000 tax credit for every child. $5,000 for healthcare (refundable) Keep taxes low and cut spending. Two things congress never miss a pay raise and a vacation. It doesn't matter what my defination of rich is because I don't want to raise anyone's taxes. Our best days our ahead it.
When our right to security and our right to privacy collide what takes precedent?
Congress needs to work together to figure out those issues. We have to stay up with changes in technology. (not asked to Obama, had extra time.)
When do you make the decision to go to war?
The most precious assest we have is our nations blood. We won the cold war without firing a shot. I would commit troops if American national security was at jeopardy. Talks about Rwanda. We need to do more to stop genocide in darfur. We need to enforce a genuine ceasefire. 118,000 people have been displaced in Georiga. Russians are coming in as a act of agreession. Russia must respect entire tegority of Georiga. Russia's invasion cannot be allowed in the 21th century,
We must make adoption alot easier in America. Tells story about cindy adopting their daughter from Mother Threasa's orphagange
Why do you want to be President?
I want to put my country first. I will work across the alise.
McCain was very quick and definitive with almost all of his answers. I think he did very well at this forum. He told several personal stories about his life. It's hard to find a place he made a mistake at this event. I will say he made the same mistake Obama did about judges. He only had to mention one judge he wouldn't have nominated. Mentioning all four liberal judges was a mistake in my opinion. Obama should've said Scalia and Thomas. McCain should've said Ginsberg and Stevens. Those Justices are seen as the furthest right and left on the court. Naming all the liberal/conservative judges looks like pandering.
We've got some possible good news for proponents of "Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less." Ed Morrissey of HotAir (my top rated conservative blog) notes John McCain's comments to the Weekly Standard here.
McCain made clear he has not ruled out a change in his position–to one that endorses drilling in ANWR. “I continue to examine it,” he said. So does his staff. McCain’s campaign has been quietly studying the ANWR issue and discussing the potential consequences–good and bad–of a policy change.
But in our conversation on August 13, McCain added a new wrinkle. When I asked him if he had consulted Palin about ANWR, he said that he had not yet done so. He added, “I probably should,” he said. “I will.”So I called Palin to ask what McCain can expect to hear. The answer is that Palin, who has been mentioned as a possible McCain running mate
but has not been vetted, will make a straightforward case for drilling in ANWR. She says McCain’s willingness to take another look at ANWR is “very encouraging.”
This is very positive development. Palin, my hope for McCain's VP choice, has said that she has been trying to sway McCain's opinion for some time. The highly-popular Alaskan governor-hottie and mother of four would be a great pick to shore-up conservatives and possibly gain a good number of disappointed former Clinton supporters.
Morrissey notes that only a small majority of Americans support drilling in ANWR, but that would change real quickly once McCain's team decided to start aggressively educating people on the issue. For an excellent piece on the wisdom of opening up ANWR, read Jon Utley's recent Reason article.
If he intends to send a signal, its intended recipients will be pro-drilling conservatives … and compromisers in Congress. No compromise with Democrats would ever include opening ANWR to its original intended purpose. If McCain threatens to openly support ANWR drilling, it effectively torpedoes the Gang of 10 compromise.
What do you think of Palin as a possible vice president?
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I'm chalking this situation up to cultural difference between the two countries. Truth is only one man can handle an international crisis of this magitude. That's right the savior himself Barack Obama. I move that President Bush send Freshman Senator Obama over to China. There he will convince the Chinese Government to adopt religious freedom, allow freedom of speech, stop keeping the price of their currency inflated, and release our national hero Michael Phelps unharmed from the Chinese Dungon he is being held in. Of course he has less than 8 hours to accomplish all this and his staff won't wake him for another six, but he's Obama so is there any doubt he'll be successful.
Obama overslept and Phelps has died. President Bush tried numerous times to get in touch with "The One." Apparently, the Senator didn't want to get up early and turned the ringer on his phone off. Our sincerest sympathies go out to the family of our Olympic hero. However Obama has now promised to raise Phelps from the dead in exchange for an one of Phelps' Olympic gold metals. More to come on this breaking news story.
Phelps' family is refusing to turn over one of Phelps 11 gold metals to Obama, "Michael earned those metals we have no right to give them away." Obama is saying that the phelps' are greedy for not giving him a gold metal. "They have more than enough metals they should give me, my wife and my children each a gold metal. It's the only fair way to distribute the wealth." This despite that fact Obama has never competed in an Olympic event.
For more by Scott Martin, go to Conservatism Today.
Barack Obama is making another massive flip-flop from his stated goals, this one on tax policy. Like all of his flips, it is easy to rip as a convenient switch in an attempt to win the election, but at the same time it feels bad ripping the guy when he's showing signs of gaining his sanity.
This is a pretty big change for Obamanomics. Economic advisers Austan Goolsbee and Jason Furman, in today's Wall Street Journal, now say that Barack Obama's tax plan will do the following:
1) It will increase capital gains and dividend tax rates, to 20 percent, only for families making over $250,000. Before, Obama was hinting at rates as high as 28 percent for everyone.
2) On the issue of the Social Security income cap, he's now considering a plan that would make folks earning over $250,000 pay in the range of 2 to 4 percentage points more in total (combined employer and employee) payroll taxes. Previously, there were hints at increases of from 6 percent to 12 percentage points.
Now certainly, any increase in taxes on the "rich" and on capital gains is likely to be disastrous, especially given the current slow economy. And he still will allow President Bush's tax cuts to expire, which will be the largest tax hike in American history. But at least he's realizing it's a losing issue for him and is adjusting it. Plus, the flip makes him look bad to supporters and non-supporters alike, and only serves to bring into focus just how far from mainstream he is to begin with.
As the author writes:
In 2009, the United States might be just emerging from a nasty downturn, only to get hit by a tax increase. Also, recent research shows that tax hikes may be less harmful if accompanied by spending cuts. Yet Obama is planning huge and specific spending increases matched by often vague spending reductions. Clintonomics was all about balancing the budget. This is not a priority for Obama.
So Obama is still a disaster. But he's getting better at trying not to be too open about it.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
French President Nicholas Sarkozy has negoiciated a Peace plan between the two countries. The peace plan has 6 points. About 100,000 people have been displaced by the conflict. Russia has already accepted the terms of the plan, but Georgia has not responded as of yet. However I find it hard to believe they want to continue the conflict. To read more about this plan go here
Update: 8/12/08 8:50am Eastern Standard time
Apparently Medvedev has ordered forces not to attack Georgian forces unless provoked. However Georgian officals say that the bombing continues and that Russia is bombing civilan targets. They are saying they want the President to resign, but will not force him. I think invading his country and refusing to leave unless he resigns is forcing him. President Saakashvili is giving an address to the Georgian people at a rally in the capital has I write this. As of right now Russian troops have not left Georgia. I hope their on their way out. We will know soon enough.
Russian President Medvedev has ordered Russian millitary forces out of Georgia. This comes after Russia had esclated the situation in recent days. The Soviets, I mean Russians cut the country in half and moved deep into Georgia on Monday. They are now saying that Georgia's President Mikhail Saakashvili "better go." Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Stated they will not talk to the current Georgian President. Both sides have accused the other of ethnic cleansing. "Saakashvili voiced concern Russia's true goal was to undermine his pro-Western government. "It's all about the independence and democracy of Georgia," he said. However pro Russia supporters in Georgia do not agree, "The Georgians burned all of our homes," said one elderly woman, as she sat on a bench under a tree with three other white-haired survivors. "The Georgians say it is their land. Where is our land, then?"
Go here for more info: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,402043,00.html
I should have another post on this situation later today
Sunday, August 10, 2008
For more by Scott Martin check out Conservatism Today.
Democrat strategerist Kirsten Powers appears regularly to counter Sean Hannity on Hannity & Colmes, and on Hannity's radio show, The Sean Hannity Show. In a column yesterday, she sounded just like him in hurling John Edwards under the bus following Edwards' admission of cheating on his wife in 2006.He Was Always a Fake
If it looks like a phony, walks like a phony, quacks like a phony, it's a phony.There's nothing particularly shocking about a politician cheating,and there's even less shock in learning that Edwards has been lying through his teeth about his own affair. In fact, we should assume that his detailed timeline about the affair is likely just another lie.
This is interesting. Edwards has looked like a phony, walked like a phony and received $400 haircuts like a phony for some time now, yet Powers wasn't calling him a phony last week. In fact, I recall her being on Fox News following the news of Edwards' $400 haircuts, and remember thinking that despite her attempts to limit the political damage to him, something seemed wrong. I could almost sense that she knew that he really was a fake. Her arguments seemed extra-weak that day, and she looked ashamed of making them.
If I'm correct, now we know why. If she knew that he was a phony then, as really, any thinking person should have known within minutes of learning about his history, then she has been denying what she knew to be true for years now. That has got to be difficult on one's psyche. It is no shock that she lashed out at him in such an indignant manner yesterday if you recognize that she has allowed herself to be used, knowingly backing up this fraud for years.
But something about Edwards always seemed uniquely phony, even by the standards of politics. Actually, nothing about him seemed authentic.
Who was he? Apparently, whatever he thought people wanted him to be. In 2000, he helped found the "New Democrat Coalition" for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) along with Sen. Joe Lieberman and others. Then, for his 2004 presidential run, he staked out the populist "Two Americas" theme. By 2008, he'd completed a total morph into a class warrior who pandered to the farthest reaches of the Democratic Left.
The poor suddenly became a great concern to him after his 2004 loss - yet he saw no disconnect in building a massive mansion as he crusaded for the poverty-stricken. He discovered New Orleans when he wanted to make his 2008 campaign announcement, but was nowhere to be seen back when the tragedy occurred.
In campaign focus groups, people would say something about him was "too perfect," that there must be "something wrong with him." A YouTube clip of him obsessing over his hair captured what so many felt: He was more concerned with appearances than anything else.
In all her self-righteous indignation, where is Powers' criticism of herself for constantly arguing against Hannity when he made the very same points? I have always respected her for being fair-minded, but this is ridiculous. She attempts to excuse herself of culpability by dropping it all at Edwards' doorstep. Edwards never forced her to back him up every time he did something that seemed fake, yet she did. But now "he was always fake."
By the way, Edwards isn't the only one dishonored. The media accepted his denials of any affair - while holding at least one other candidate to a different standard. The New York Times insinuated in a front-page story that McCain had had an affair with a lobbyist - an allegation utterly without evidence. And MSNBC's Keith Ollberman broke into scheduled programming to hawk the story.
Perhaps Powers didn't accept his denials. She certainly wasn't visibly complaining about this fact prior to the admission, however. One can only write a column like this if they've felt that way for a period of time. Yet she never allowed her beliefs about him to prevent her from backing him up on TV or on the radio.
I have lost a great deal of respect for Powers. I never agreed with her, but I used to respect her. If she wants to regain her good name, she might consider sharing with the audience what she thinks of the candidates she discusses, even if they are Democrats. Otherwise, I can only assume Kirsten Powers was always a fake.
I want to talk about the two issues that McCain as problems on with conservatives. I'll start with the environment. Basically people say he's bought into the global warming hysteria. That he will cause businesses to go out of business or cut jobs and raise prices by mandating new laws about emissions. Or what has become know as a cap and trade policy. Basically this law would require every business to stay under a certain amount of admissions. However if a business needed to go over the mandated amount all it would have is find a business that was under the amount and buy their extra emissions credits. This encourages companies to stay under the limit so they can have extra to sell.
Go here if you want a more detailed explanation: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/catalyst/page.jsp?itemID=27226959
I don't know if their is global warming and to tell the truth I don't much care. The way I see it's in our interest to reduce pollution global warming or no global warming. If not, were eventually going to have smog in most of our major cities, and I don't know about you, but I kinda like being able to breath. The same goes for investing in alternative energies. It's just better for the enviroment as a whole. The fact it's in our national interest not to send money to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia just bolester's the case that we should use less oil. I'm still for drilling for our own oil as well. Mostly due to the fact that it might take awhile to get the other forms of energy to be efficient and affordable enough for people to use. I don't want oil to get so high that people can't go to work, and force change like some of my democratic friends.
Now on to the other issue conservatives have a problem with McCain on illegal immigration. Their will be a immigration bill signed by the next President of the United States. The question do you want it to be a blanket amnesty bill, which is what Obama would sign, or do you want the comprehensive plan that McCain would sign. I know, I know you don't want either. The comprehensive plan is amnesty. No what Reagan signed was amnesty. McCain's plan has some penalites for entering the country illegally and would also have the affect of finishing the wall on the border. I do agree that if their not going to build the wall there's no point in passing this bill because we would need another one in twenty years. There's also no way we get the wall built if Obama is President. So we build the wall first then pass an immigration bill to take care of this problem for the last time. Or we could pass the bill and have it go into affect on the day the wall on the border with Mexico is completed. I've heard some stats recently saying that illegal crossings have dropped significantly recently. Also were prosecting more illegals recently. http://www.csmonitor.com/2008/0623/p16s01-wmgn.html This would also stop under an Obama Presidency.
Even if you still don't like McCain on either issue their is no doubt that he would be better on both than Obama. Obama is against drilling, or he was against it before he was for it. I feel sure he'll be against it again soon so no need to worry. Obama is one of those Democrats who wants oil prices to hit $200 a barrel so he can put all of the money into finding alternative energies while we suffer. As I've said Obama would impose a blanket amnesty bill. Also if Obama passes an amnesty bill it could very well end the Republican Party. It's going to be hard to win elections with 90% of both blacks and hispanics voting for Democrats. Actually it wouldn't be possible to win an election under those conditions. So decide now vote for McCain and get 80% of want you want, or vote for Obama get 0% and bring an end to the Republican Party, your call.