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October 07, 2008



Mc Cain lied when he said he didn't approve any ads featuring rev Wright in April after the GOP crackers in North Carolina ran them locally.

He said back then Wright Ads off limits


You realize, Bla'M, that Tommy is going to print out this picture and have it enlarged enough to put in his front window...


While I don't think it will work this time, I'll be interested to see just how much effect an all-out smear campaign will have on the numbers.

That and an ever-increasingly shrill VP. To use a worn-out but apt cliche, the sound of her voice is like chalk on a blackboard.


Hmmm, looks like the hand of the Messiah himself was involved here. What is Hussein afraid that Corsi might find in Kenya about him that he may have called in a favor to get Corsi deported?

"The American author of a best-selling book attacking Barack Obama as unfit for the presidency was being deported from Kenya."


The press has been virtually coronating Obama touting polls supposedly showing him pulling away from mccain to inevitable victory- Michelle seen measuring drapes for the Blue Room at a ghetto fabric shop..... but wait! polls indicate now OBAMA HAS SLIPPED FROM A 9 POINT LEAD BACK DOWN TO 4. McCain is back to where he was before first debate. now comes the Ayres ,Wright and other dirt.... mCCAIN WILL CRUSH TONIGHT IN DEBATE


Press kept under a watchful eye

CLEARWATER -- Constantly under the watchful eyes of security, the media wasn't permitted to wander around inside Coachman Park to talk to Sarah Palin supporters. When reporters tried to leave the designated press area and head toward the bleachers where the crowd was seated, an escort would dart out of nowhere and confront him or her and say, "Can I help you?'' and turn the person around.
When one reporter asked an escort, who would not give her name, why the press wasn't allowed to mingle, she said that in the past, negative things had been written. The campaign wanted to avoid that possibility Monday.
-- Times staff writer Eileen Schulte


Ayers was aquitted, Wright is old news. Why are some afraid of the black man and not the pasty old white dude who has a hot temper? All they can do is play the 'terrorist, danger, danger' card. The republican party hasn't changed it's ways since Jim Crow.


Agreed, Joans...Pa'in's voice is truly painful. Thanks again, Bla'M, for listening to talk radio so we won't have to, though the viscosity of the slime is intriguing...how repusive can they be?


Ayres was neer acquitted. his case was thrown out by the judge since the FED'S MAIN EVIDENCE, WIRETAPPING TAPES, were illegally obtained. Ayres has admitted to the bombings, is proud of them,and wished he could have done more of them the day after 9/11.


haha the Palin performance has obviously boosted mCcAIN in the polls. It's not true that they haven't moved. Obama had a big lead before the debate. that's gone. People can see through tina fey andthe east coast snotnoses who are trying to cartoon Palin.she would not have been my pick, but she obviously has smarts and political talent. Leykis talks of her liek shes that boob in the beauty contest who made the speech about maps, in fact plays her tape and says its Palin, but leykis doesn't have the smarts and skills and guts to taek on the corrupt bosses of Alaska and triumph . She successfully runs a state, the biggest and richest state in state resources, for Christ sakes, not a topless barista espresso booth in Poulsbo.

Ron Jeremy

She reminds me of the 80's porn actresses who dressed up like school teachers, she even has the winks down.


"It was never a concern by any of us in the Chicago school reform movement that he had led a fugitive life years earlier," said former Illinois state Republican Rep. Diana Nelson, who worked with both Obama and Ayers over the years. "It's ridiculous. There is no reason at all to smear Barack Obama with this association. It's nonsensical, and it just makes me crazy. It's so silly."

"I don't remember ever hearing anyone raise concerns or questions or concerns about [Ayers'] background," says Anne Hallett, who has worked closely with Ayers on the Annenberg Challenge grant and with Obama on education and other community and legislative matters. "And that included everybody I was engaged with," including prominent Republicans, and corporate and civic leaders in Chicago, Hallett adds.

Hallett calls this attack on Obama's association with Ayers and the Annenberg Challenge by further association, "a smear campaign. It's a political diatribe that has no basis in fact. The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was an extremely positive initiative. It was well-vetted, thorough, and the fact that it is now is being used for political purposes is, in my opinion, outrageous."


Electoral Projections 10/7


After Bailout, AIG Execs Head to California Resort
Rescued by Taxpayers, $440,000 for Retreat Including "Pedicures, Manicures"


October 7, 2008—

Less than a week after the federal government committed $85 billion to bail out AIG, executives of the giant AIG insurance company headed for a week-long retreat at a luxury resort and spa, the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California, Congressional investigators revealed today.

"Rooms at this resort can cost over $1,000 a night," Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) said this morning as his committee continued its investigation of Wall Street and its CEOs.

AIG documents obtained by Waxman's investigators show the company paid more than $440,000 for the retreat, including nearly $200,000 for rooms, $150,000 for meals and $23,000 in spa charges.


Mr. Hood,
When do you plan to stop with the nonsensical, venomous, vituperous acidic political bullshit and start talking about broadcasting again?

blathering michael

November 5. or when broadcasting news breaks, Bill.


When radio gets more interesting than politics, Bill.


"All they can do is play the 'terrorist, danger, danger' card. The republican party hasn't changed it's ways since Jim Crow."

I have yet to hear a cogent explanation as to why pointing out Barack Obama's associations with a man who said he should have planted more bombs is somehow racist. Is pointing out his associations with Tony Rezko racist too? If so does that mean Obama is engaging in "reverse-racism" when he talks about McCain's association with those involved in the Keating Five fiasco? I dare anyone to tell me that if John McCain had a close 20 year association with David Duke the Democrats would not be harping on it non-stop.
The company one keeps is a window into his character and pointing out that Barack Obama has had close associations with a virulent bigot like Jeremiah Wright and an unrepentant domestic terrorist like William Ayers is not racism. I know already over the next few years that anytime someone has the temerity to question the Messiah and his policies, they will be attacked as a racist. And the approval/disapproval polls concerning Obama's popularity will need to be renamed the National racism index, because in the minds of some, any criticism of him at all, no matter how valid, is the equivalent of racism. Christ, it is fucking amazing how thin-skinned liberal democrats are.

And to the moron who posted the above quote, it was the Democratic Party that perpetuated Jim Crow laws in the south, not the Republicans. Furthermore, a greater percentage of Republicans voted for Civil Rights laws, especially in the Senate, than did Democrats. Open a fucking history book you douchebag.


"All they can do is play the 'terrorist, danger, danger' card"

You are kidding me, right? For the past eight years many, many on the left have been claiming Bush is the worst terrorist in the world or comparing Republicans to al qaeda (sleazeball Julian Bond's reference to the al qaeda wing of the Republican Party comes to mind). Or going back a little further does anyone remember those commercials claiming George Bush was complicitous in James Byrd's death? Who can recall the commercials from the Democratic Party which aired on black radio stations claiming a vote for Republicans is a vote for another church burning? And you have the fucking nerve to complain about Republican's capitalizing on fear.
Now all of a sudden when Obama's association with an unrepentant domestic terrorist is brought up, it is beyond the pale? Give me a fucking break. Those on the left have been calling Bush a terrorist for years, so perhaps those on the right can be forgiven when they ignore a bunch of whiny left-wing pussies who bitch when Obama's association with a terrorist is brought up.


You ignore the fact that former Ambassador Walter Annenberg
(Republican) invited Barack Obama to be on an Annenberg Foundation funded education board comprised of conservative Republicans. The Annenbergs also invited William Ayeres.

Are the Annenbergs terrorist sympathizers? Of course not... the Annenbergs are Republicans and support McCain. Go look it up, ok?

The republicans are playing the race card, not Obama, you guys are desperate.


Since Palin is the attack-dog-in-chief, how about an ad about her, her husband, and Joe Vogler? It’s about time!

Joe Vogler of the Alaska Independence Party: “My government is my enemy. I’m going to fight with any means at hand.”

“First Dude” Todd belonged to this secessionist group for seven years. As Alaska Governor, Palin sent the AIP a “shout-out”: “Keep up the good work. And God bless you.”

Lynette Clark, AIP Chairwoman called Palin “Alaskan to the bone … she sounds just like Joe Vogler”.

If Palin continues her rants on Ayers, a Joe Vogler ad should follow on TV after each of her “insanity rallies”.


To watch the way the McCain/Palin have stirred up these crowds into a frenzy of fear is frightening. A reminder of the KKK in the 60’s. Interesting that in the Palin speach at the convention she used some lines from Westbrook Pegler that sounded innocent enough but were part of a greater speach he gave in the 60’s full of hate. He was a racist.
The cameras were on McCain when he tried to calm that woman but that did not last long. Mc Cain went on to use Obama’s middle name to stir them more. I can not believe what Im watching with McCain, what ever honor he had, he has lost it. He has helped to convince me to vote for Obama. I am six days older than McCain!


Bob and Lou, your tactic relies, unfortunately, on the knowledge that most of mainstream America has little real interaction with minorities and that what they do know is largely negative. Ignorance is such a fertile ground for fear and the Republicans use it so well as they did to John Kerry.

What we must realize is that Barack Obama is mainstream with the exception of his name and his ethnic heritage. He is only unusual in that he has achieved this position via traditional means, used technology effectively and maintained his cool throughout this difficult process. He hasn’t raged as an angry black man so ‘he’s detached.’ He has articulated, quite well, his positions and because they are good ones the attack have to circle back around to questioning his character, his associations, his faith, his patriotism, and through all the name calling what is proof of their invalidity is their sheer number and inability to stick.

He is as John McCain described him most recently “a decent person,” but he has proven himself to be a lot more.


In 1992, when it became apparent to then president, George H. W. Bush, that his chances for winning reelection were fast dwindling, he also resorted to the same kind of hate-messaging campaign rhetoric that John McCain has recently embraced.

I will never forget watching with disappointment as the elder Bush who had, until late in that campaign, conducted himself with presidential dignity, shockingly debased himself at a rally, calling Bill Clinton and Al Gore “radical environmental terrorists”. It was the kind of name-calling tactic which, normally, candidates themselves - least of all sitting presidents - did not engage in, leaving it to “stand-ins” to do such “hatchet-work”.

It was a desperate and ugly thing to watch, and ultimately the tactic of a loser, for the point of such rhetoric is not to win new adherents. “Undecideds”, as poll after poll have always shown, are turned off by such hate-messaging. Rather, this fear-mongering and name-calling is simply basic first aid - an attempt to stop the bleeding in their own party - for hatred is the fuel of the hardcore, conservative base of the Republican Party, and with sagging poll numbers, Bush’s campaign was running out of gas.

And now McCain’s campaign is clearly circling the drain, and the party faithful, losing heart, threaten to stay away in droves on election day; and the elder Bush knew, as John McCain knows, that even some last second “surprise” (the only thing that might save them) could not help them win if they were to be deserted by their base. So, Bush, and now McCain, turned to the only tactic available - delivering the hate message.

But hatred is a fire that needs constant fueling, so we can expect much more in the days to come, and we can only hope the divisions which McCain now sows will not prove too deep and wide to overcome.


Coiler, I see you are so well informed about Husseins connection to the Chicago Anneberg Challenge. And they are going to let you vote. ROFL.


“So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,”

Gee, where did alanah get his line from for the above post. I know, "FighttheSmears.com"


The US and World Markets are crashing and John McCain is still pushing the Ayers thing. Enough!

I do not care about Ayers, Wright, Keating, Iran-Contra, who was related to whom; whatever. People are losing their jobs, homes, savings, etc. and all John McCain has is Bill Ayers. Give it a rest already. We need to be talking about solving the problems in this country and not having a mud sling fest.

John McCain, and your Congressional Allies, do this nation a favor and just get the h— out of Washington. The damage done so far will take a generation to fix. When only 2% of the people polled by Gallup is confident in the economy and 9% think the economy is great (hard to believe), then silly attacks is the last thing we want to hear. We, as Americans, are sick of the immaturity of what the McCain campaign has become.

It is hard to believe we have to put up this vile for another 26 days.


The sad truth is Mr McCain knows exactly what the relationship was with Mr. Ayers. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think his campaign hasn’t looked into every nook and cranny to find every bit of information there is to know about that connection? He and his people know exactly who Barack Obama is. If they didn’t know everything there is to know about their opponent, it would be political malpractice. This is misdirection of the highest order to cover up for the fact that they have no ideas, they are as morally bankrupt as any of those who took advantage on Wall Street, and they are losing. John McCain is not just a short man, he is also small and getting smaller by the moment.


America knows who Barack Obama is and he looks a lot saferas a leader than the pissed off old goof, John McCain. I have confidence in his intelligence, cautiousness and good sense. There is no change without him. America desperately needs self-confidence at home and abroad. That's a huge change. McCain can't even see the challenges though his 20th century eyes.


Gee, some posters on this blog finally with intelligent and reasoned responses. Enjoyed reading you.

And then I got to steven...

Bob, since Reagan was a close friend of Annenberg and Annenberg invited Ayers to be on the committee, I guess that makes Reagan someone whose character can be questioned?

...The company one keeps is a window into his character ...

So that applies to good Republicans like Reagan and Annenberg as well?

Hmm...if one considers Reagan and Annenberg to be good and intelligent people with honorable and decent convictions, I guess that would reflect well on Obama wouldn't it?

So, in a way, you are complimenting Obama. You just haven't figured it out yet.


So she enjoys reading everything except when she got to me. And all I did what quote Hussein. Is she changing stripes?


And what you are mistaking there Joanie, is Anneberg never invited Ayers to to be on the commitee. Ayers voted himself onto the commitee. For someone who likes facts, you sure missed it here.


From Factcheck.org:
We find McCain's accusation that Obama "lied" to be groundless. It is true that recently released records show half a dozen or so more meetings between the two men than were previously known, but Obama never denied working with Ayers.

Other claims are seriously misleading. The education project described in the Web ad, far from being "radical," had the support of the Republican governor and was run by a board that included prominent local leaders, including one Republican who has donated $1,500 to McCain's campaign this year. The project is described by Education Week as reflecting "mainstream thinking" about school reform.

Despite the newly released records, there's still no evidence of a deep or strong "friendship" with Ayers, a former radical anti-war protester whose actions in the 1960s and '70s Obama has called "detestable" and "despicable."

Even the description of Ayers as a "terrorist" is a matter of interpretation. Setting off bombs can fairly be described as terrorism even when they are intended to cause only property damage, which is what Ayers has admitted doing in his youth. But for nearly three decades since, Ayers has lived the relatively quiet life of an educator. It would be correct to call him a "former terrorist," and an "unapologetic" one at that. But if McCain means the word "terrorist" to invoke images of 9/11, he's being misleading; Ayers is no Osama bin Laden now, and never was.

In Chicago, Ayers is seen less as a "terrorist" and more as a prodigal son of the local establishment. His father was a prominent corporate executive and civic leader. Thomas G. Ayers was president and chief executive of Commonwealth Edison, the electric utility that lights Chicago and northern Illinois. There is a residence hall named for him at Northwestern University, where he was a trustee for 30 years. Bill's brother John Ayers, according to Education Week, headed a school-reform group called the Leadership for Quality Education, which represented business leaders’ interest in schools. John is now a senior associate of the Chicago-based National Association of Charter School Authorizers.

Despite the fairly mainstream life he lives now, though, Bill Ayers' image took a hit with an article that appeared in the New York Times on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Ayers was quoted in the lead paragraph as saying, ''I don't regret setting bombs'' and "I feel we didn't do enough." The interview had been conducted earlier, in connection with the publication of Ayers' memoir of his years as a fugitive. But when the quotes appeared on the same day thousands died at the World Trade Center and elsewhere, they enraged his critics.


Your turn, Steven.

Are you there...?

What happened to steven?

... there's still no evidence of a deep or strong "friendship" with Ayers,

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