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October 19, 2008 - 7:25pm
posted by Linda Knox in nation and world, Venting.

I'm not watching TV news programming until after Jan 20th, 2009.  Colin Powell, who I always thought was a Democrat in Republican clothing, endorses Obama.  He feels Obama is the best person to be ready to take on the Presidency.  The news broadcasts report on "war chests".  The volume of monies raised for the sole purpose of campaigning is astounding leading me to believe that one can buy their way into the history books.  The premise that "the player with the most marbles wins".  And then I watch a national news report on the number of homeless families in the state of Michigan forced from their residences because their landlords defaulted on home mortgages.  Who was most affected?  The children who now live in shelters with their families, their worlds and sense of security challenged.  Michigan is still responsible for providing educations to these homeless children who are transported into the school districts each day creating a challenge to everyone involved.

So let me see if I have this right--we can buy our way out of Wall Street with Golden Parachutes, we can buy our way into the White House with golden dollars, but this great country of ours still can't provide food, shelter, and an education to its forgotten citizens.

As a registered Democrat, I'll be in the voting booth in 16 days.  I'll pull levers for local and state candidates that I believe will serve us well, but I can't in good conscience pull any lever along those top two rows.

October 17, 2008 - 8:11am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Some great zingers from McCain in this speech at an NYC charity event with Barack Obama, and he says nice things about Barack at the end of his routine, as well.

October 16, 2008 - 11:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Christopher Buckley, the son of William F. Buckley, the icon of conservative intellectuals for more than 50 years and founder of National Review, had the gall to endorse Barack Obama.

This led to a deluge of angry e-mail to NO, where the endorsement did not even appear, and for C. Buckley to resign his position there. 

In a follow up post for The Daily Beast, he writes:

While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.

The Republicans and conservatives parted ways many moons ago, it's just that far too many conservatives have been loath to recognize it. Kudos to Buckley for standing on principle.  McCain is certainly no conservative, and that is an important fact to recognize.

October 14, 2008 - 3:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

This is pretty wild -- a New York woman wanted to send a message about racial characterizations of Barack Obama, so she made a Halloween display that has McCain in KKK sheets chasing the Democratic candidate.

Havens is quick to point out he is a liberal and a big supporter of Obama, and that the scene is meant to provoke thought about the way he believes Obama has been unfairly treated by the McCain campaign.

"I figured it would be equally offensive to everyone. It's just for shock value," Havens said. "McCain has been rabble-rousing, calling Obama a terrorist and a Muslim. The McCain campaign has gotten so ugly. That's what the message is. I can see how people could take this the wrong way. I'm not advocating anything. It's sarcasm."

It's really too bad that in 2008 race is an issue at all.

October 14, 2008 - 9:36am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 14, 2008 - 9:21am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 14, 2008 - 9:08am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 14, 2008 - 8:52am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 14, 2008 - 7:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

Nothing newsworthy or political about this -- just a little entertainment.  The artist is Julia Nunes, a Fairport teen who has become a YouTube sensation.

October 13, 2008 - 10:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in nation and world.

October 13, 2008 - 8:53pm
posted by Guy Gabbey Jr in Barack Obama, politics, election, john mccain, nation and world.


"From each, according  to his ability; to each, according to his need"

"I think  when you spread the wealth around, it's good for everybody."

One  of these quotes I heard this morning, and immediatly thought of  the  other. The problem with them is that its straight from the  Karl Marx book of  Socialism.

So many times in this campaign  for president, Obama has said things much to  this effect and has  not been called out on it in any main stream media outlet.  Handing  the reins of this country to him would send America into a tailspin  of  which we may not be able to recover from.

Stepping  away from the Marxist  view of "spreading the wealth," lets look  at the tax plan for a minute.

In  his plan, only companies making $250,000 or more would  see a tax  rate. That seems great for you and me right? We make up the 95%  who  wont see a tax increase. WRONG!

Big  buisness is something that we all use everyday. Whether it be at  the gas station, or at Wal-Mart, Wendy's. When Obama's new tax  plan goes into  affect, these companies will immediatly raise their  prices. CORPORATIONS DO NOT  PAY TAXES! WE, WE PAY THEIR TAXES!  Coporations will not take a hit on their  profits. They need to  pay everyone down the line as well. So much for not seeing  an  increase.

Small business wont escape  the taxes either. First of all,  Obama's number of $250,000 is  too vague. Does that mean gross or net business  income. Does that  include the inventory that any store needs to carry?

That  not withstanding. Small companies have to buy from big companies.  Therefore, they'll be paying more. I like going to my local gun  store. Its  small, and costs a little more than the big box store,  but the tips and advice I  get make up the difference. When these  companies have to pay more for their  product, how are they going  to make up for it?

They can raise their prices. However,  that will make more people go to the  bigger stores, and forgo  the advice aspect for the deal. They could lay off  employees.  However, that will add to the unemployment numbers, and drive up  number of people having to rely more on the government.

How  about that. Even when Obama is trying not to show is socialism,  it comes  out in the end. The more people that have to rely on  the government, the more  power the government has over the people.

We've already given $700 billion to Wall St. Lets not let  socialism take over  anymore.

I'm Guy, a lifelong conservitive,  and I'll be voting against Socialism


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