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Sarah Palin attacks over Barack Obama's link to a '60s radical


With exactly one month until election day, will Bill Ayers, the anti-Vietnam War radical who helped found a bomb-planting protest group, morph into what some observers earlier had predicted -- the Willie Horton of the 2008 presidential campaign? Bill Ayers

Horton, for those too young to remember, was a felon who, while on a weekend furlough from prison in Massachusetts, committed a heinous crime in Maryland. It happened under Michael Dukakis' gubernatorial watch, and in the final months of his 1988 White House bid the case was effectively used against him by his GOP rivals.

With this year's race entering its final stretch -- and Barack Obama having staked out a solid lead in recent polling -- John McCain's campaign has sent out word it's really ready to play hard ball against Obama (and here we naively thought the game already had been rough).

Out of the gate, it looks like hammering home Obama's link to Ayers could be central to that strategy.

The matter first arose several months ago during the Democratic nomination battle, and the Obama campaign felt compelled to post a page on its website that depicted his association with Ayers as tenuous.

Today, in a front-page story, the New York Times took its crack at airing out the Ayers connection. Here's the key part of the piece:

A review of records ... and interviews with a dozen people who know both men, suggest that Mr. Obama, 47, has played down his contacts with Mr. Ayers, 63. But the two men do not appear to have been close. Nor has Mr. Obama ever expressed sympathy for the radical views and actions of Mr. Ayers, whom he has called “somebody who engaged in detestable acts 40 years ago, when I was 8.”

Sarah Palin, campaigning in the Denver area, took that ball and ran with it.

The Times' Robin Abcarian relates that Palin, speaking at a fundraiser, used a wry reference to one of the well-publicized questions she faced recently from CBS' Katie Couric to broach the Ayers issue. Said the Republican vice presidential candidate:

There is a lot of interest, I guess, in what I read and what I’ve read lately. Well, I was reading my copy of today’s New York Times [audience boos] and I was interested to read about Barack’s friends from Chicago [audience cheers].

I get to bring this up not to pick a fight, but it was there in the New York Times, so we are gonna talk about it. Turns out one of Barack’s earliest supporters is a man who, according to the New York Times -- and they are hardly ever wrong [audience laughs] -- was a domestic terrorist and part of a group that, quote, 'launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and U.S. Capitol.' Wow. ...

Referring to Obama, she continued:

This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. If we can be that beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and democracy and can live in a country that would allow intolerance in the equal rights that again our military men and women fight for and die for for all of us. Our opponent, though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he’s palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?

[UPDATE: Palin said much the same later in the day at a big rally in Carson, Calif. Abcarian reports that Palin signaled early in her remarks to an overflow crowd of more than 8,000 in the tennis stadium of Carson’s Home Depot Center that she would be going after Obama. “One of my campaign staff said as I was walking out here, ‘OK, the heels are on, the gloves are off,’ ” Palin said.]

Her comments in Colorado already had given the Associated Press the obvious lead for its story -- that she accused Obama of....

... "palling around with terrorists" as part of what the article characterized as a stepped-up effort to portray him "as unacceptable to American voters."

That effort can be expected to accelerate. And, most immediately, Ayers' name almost assuredly will surface in Obama's face-off with McCain in a town-hall setting this Tuesday.

Just as assuredly, the Obama campaign can be expected to use every means at its disposal to keep the spotlight on the issue that seems to have turned the election its way: the nation's economic turmoil.

Indeed, here's how Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan handled the reaction to Palin's Colorado comments:

Gov. Palin’s comments, while offensive, are not surprising, given the McCain campaign’s statement this morning that they would be launching Swift Boat-like attacks in hopes of deflecting attention from the nation’s economic ills. 

In fact, the very newspaper story Gov. Palin cited in hurling her shameless attack made clear that Sen. Obama is not close to Bill Ayers, much less "pals," and that he has strongly condemned the despicable acts Ayers committed 40 years ago, when Obama was 8.

What’s clear is that John McCain and Sarah Palin would rather spend their time tearing down Barack Obama than laying out a plan to build up our economy.

The N.Y. Times' story, by the way, quickly got hit from both the left and the right.

At Daily Kos, it was lambasted as a cave-in by the paper to the conservative critics who never tire of carping about it.

At the National Review's site, it's dismissed as a whitewash job that serves Obama's purposes.

-- Don Frederick

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There’s not a lot of “actual” stuff to talk about with Barack Obama’s record. Nothing that you should bring up in front of the children.

Obama lied about NAFTA
Obama lied about his 20 years in racist church
Obama lied about Rezko
Obama lied about Ayers.

Obama is a wrong role model for kids who aspire to become President.

You don't get a BA in communications from the U. of Idaho (Palin) without learning how to plagiarize a few stories....

Palin doesn't care about facts. She doesn;'t care about the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. She is willing to use lies, smears and innuendo - anything to get power. That's my definition of despicable.

Who is Bill Ayers?

Born in 1944, Bill Ayers, along with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, was a 1960s leader of the homegrown terrorist group Weatherman, a Communist-driven splinter faction of Students for a Democratic Society. Characterizing Weatherman as “an American Red Army,” Ayers summed up the organization's ideology as follows: “Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, Kill your parents.”

Today Ayers is a professor of education and a Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He has also authored a series of books about parenting and educating children, including: A Kind and Just Parent; To Become a Teacher; City Kids; City Teachers; To Teach; The Good Preschool Teacher; Zero Tolerance: Resisting the Drive for Punishment in Our Schools; and Teaching Towards Freedom: Moral Commitment and Ethical Action in the Classroom.

In his 2001 screed, Fugitive Days, Ayers recounts his life as a Sixties radical, his tenure as a Weatherman lieutenant, his terrorist campaign across America, and his enduring hatred for for the United States. “What a country,” Ayers said in 2001. “It makes me want to puke.”

Ayers was an active participant in Weatherman's 1969 “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago, where nearly 300 members of the organization employed guerrilla-style tactics to viciously attack police officers and civilians alike, and to destroy massive amounts of property via vandalism and arson; their objective was to further spread their anti-war, anti-American message. Reminiscing on those riots, Ayers says pridefully: “We'd ... proven that it was possible -- we didn't all die, we were still there.”

A substantial portion of Ayers’ book Fugitive Days discusses the author's penchant for building and deploying explosives. Ayers boasts that he “participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.” Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers says, “Everything was absolutely ideal. ... The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.”

On another occasion, Ayers stated: “There’s something about a good bomb … Night after night, day after day, each majestic scene I witnessed was so terrible and so unexpected that no city would ever again stand innocently fixed in my mind. Big buildings and wide streets, cement and steel were no longer permanent. They, too, were fragile and destructible. A torch, a bomb, a strong enough wind, and they, too, would come undone or get knocked down.”

All told, Ayers and Weatherman were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the U.S. "I don't regret setting bombs, said Ayers in 2001, "I feel we didn't do enough."

In 1970, Ayers’ then-girlfriend Diana Oughton, along with Weatherman members Terry Robbins and Ted Gold, were killed when a bomb they were constructing exploded unexpectedly. That bomb had been intended for detonation at a dance that was to be attended by army soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Hundreds of lives could have been lost had the plan been successfully executed. Ayers attested that the bomb would have done serious damage, “tearing through windows and walls and, yes, people too.”

After the death of his girlfriend, Ayers and his current wife, Bernardine Dohrn, spent the 1970s as fugitives running from the FBI. In 1980 the two surrendered, but all charges against them were dropped due to an “improper surveillance” technicality. Ayers’ comment on his life, as reported by Peter Collier and David Horowitz in their authoritative chapter on Weatherman in Destructive Generation, is this: “Guilty as sin, free as a bird, America is a great country.”

Notwithstanding his violent past, Ayers today does not describe himself as a terrorist. “Terrorists destroy randomly,” he reasons, “while our actions bore ... the precise stamp of a cut diamond. Terrorists intimidate, while we aimed only to educate.”

In Fugitive Days, Ayers reflects on whether or not he might use bombs against the U.S. in the future. “I can’t imagine entirely dismissing the possibility,” he writes.

In the mid-1990s, Ayers and his wife Bernardine Dohrn hosted meetings at their Chicago home to introduce Barack Obama to their neighbors during his first run for the Illinois Senate.

In 1995 Ayers -- whose stated educational objective is to “teach against oppression” as embodied in “America’s history of evil and racism, thereby forcing social transformation” -- founded a “school reform organization” called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). He appointed Obama as the group's first chairman.

When National Review Online writer Stanley Kurtz in 2008 reviewed the CAC archives at the Richard J. Daley Library at the University of Illinois, he found that Ayers had been one of five members of a working group that assembled the initial CAC board which hired Obama.

“Ayers founded CAC and was its guiding spirit,” Kurtz wrote. “No one would have been appointed the CAC chairman without his approval.” According to Kurtz, the CAC archives show that Obama and Ayers worked as a team to advance the foundation's agenda -- with Obama responsible for fiscal matters while Ayers focused on shaping educational policy. The archived documents further reveal that Ayers served as an ex-officio member of the board that Obama chaired through CAC's first year; that Ayers served with Obama on the CAC governance committee; and that Ayers worked with Obama to write CAC’s bylaws.

A September 2008 WorldNetDaily report offers still more details: “Ayers made presentations to board meetings chaired by Obama. Ayers also spoke for the Chicago School Reform Collaborative before Obama's board, while Obama periodically spoke for the board at meetings of the collaborative … According to the documents, the CAC granted money to far-leftist causes, such as the radical Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which …has done work on behalf of Obama’s presidential campaign.”

WorldNetDaily reports further that “while Obama chaired the board of the CAC, more than $600,000 was granted to an organization founded by Ayers and run by Mike Klonsky, a former top communist activist. Klonsky was leader of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Party, which was effectively recognized by China as the all-but-official U.S. Maoist party.”

In 1999 Ayers joined the Woods Fund of Chicago, where he served as a director alongside Barack Obama until the latter left the Woods board in December 2002. Ayers went on to become Woods' Chairman of the Board. In 2002 the Woods Fund made a grant to Northwestern University Law School's Children and Family Justice Center, where Ayers' wife, Bernardine Dohrn, was employed.

At a 2007 reunion of former members of the Weather Underground and Students for a Democratic Society, Ayers painted a verbal portrait of life in the United States which included the following passages:

* "This is a time not only of great stress and oppression and authoritarianism, and a kind of rising incipient American form of fascism, and what the government counts on, what the powerful count on, is that we will stay quiet. It’s the idea that we can tolerate these intolerable things without screaming, without somehow coming out, joining up and coming out and saying something. It’s what they count on in terms of keeping things under control."
* "Empire resurrected and unapologetic, war without end, an undefined enemy that’s supposed to be a rallying point for a new kind of energized jingoistic patriotism, unprecedented and unapologetic military expansion, white supremacy changing its form, but essentially intact, attacks on women and girls, violent attacks, growing surveillance in every sphere of our lives, on and on and on, the targeting of gay and lesbian people as a kind of a scapegoating gesture to keep our minds off of what’s really happening."

And here is how Ayers characterized himself and the longtime radical comrades to whom he was speaking:

"Even though we think of ourselves as political, we weren’t politicians. We were people who had a moral vision of what was possible. And when we talk, for example, about health care, about peace, we’re talking a language of ethics, not a language of instrumentalism or opportunism, or what we might get. So we have to speak in a language that’s large and generous and encompassing. And then we have to act."

Let's recall Palin's association with the Alaskan political party that wants to secede from the Union.

Let's recall McCain's reprimand from the Senate for his role in the Keating Five Savings and Loan scandal.

Let's recall that people that live in glass houses should not throw stones.

She read? She reads? Or did one of her "handlers" read it to her?

With McCain's "judgement" in picking her for VP, I can only imagine who he'd pick for Secretary of State... Larry The Cable Guy?

WINK! ;-\

All this talk bout how bad Sarah is--sorry but facts are facts--everyone should be aware before they vote and you can bet the Obama camp is not going to tell you about this or his association with ACORN--someone has to at least bring it up

How stupid do they think we are anyway? We know what the Times article said, her statement is a comic book exaggeration...and it's contemptible. Anyone who buys that tripe deserves what they get...and Palin has proven once again she lacks any rational thought.

Desperation sure isn't a pretty sight, lol.

Oh Silly Sarah, can we talk about your connection to The Independence Party in Alaska that advocated cession from the USA?

It's about time someone had the guts to out Obama as the leftist radical he really is!!!! And it took a woman to do it. The media fawners and cowards are more interested in "being a part of history" than in telling the truth. They gone beyond that and actually hidden the truth! California and it's leftist crazies are taking the whole state down with them. All the smart people have left the state.

Palin & McCain have actually helped Obama's campaign. McCain is an old, worn out, ill tempered, disrespectful person.
Palin is a person who thinks she's running for Ms. Alaska. Smile! Wave! You betcha!
Neither of these people have any principles. They are desperate individuals, who will do anything to try to gain some votes. By the time Obama is elected, these two will crawl back in their holes.

The NYT REFUSED to print Ayers's full letter to the editor back when their supposed 'journalist' totally trashed what he said about their interview on his book. Even last year, when this got back in the news, they REFUSED to include a link from their 2001 piece.

The truth is, they REFUSE to admit they made a mistake. They prefer to stick their head in the sand and hope everything will blow over and they won't be blamed for starting this string of lies., smears and innuendo. Their 'Readers Editor' is nothing but a stooge whose job seems to be 'damage limitation' for the NYT reputation. He should be ashamed of himself for dragging the NYT name through tthe mud, but the truth is - he'll probably get a raise and an 'attaboy!" instead.

Gosh, golly, I'm so surprised this is happening. I really thought McCain-Palin were going to talk issues, like how they're going to magically change McCain's 30-year voting record in favor of wholesale deregulation to one of "responsible regulation." You betcha, that'll be a welcome change for a 72-year-old guy to pull off.

And I guess McCain will now want to discuss his relationship with Charles Keating (wink, wink), and, more recently, his dealings with Rafaello Follieri, who pleaded guilty in mid-September to all kinds of fraud and mobster stuff. McCain's 70th birthday celebration took place on Follieri's big boat, which he bought, I assume, with con cash (golly, Ayers only had a house--no boat!). Oh, McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, was at that festive occasion, too. So I guess that's how it's gonna be: no discussion of how to dig us out of this hole the deregulators got us in, or how to stop climate change (forgot, Palin ain't buying it), or how to give us real help with healthcare, or how we might straighten out the trade issues and wars and other conflicts we face at this critical moment in history. Instead, let's spend the next 30 days figuring out how many shady people we've encountered or partied with.

Once again, the world is watching this proud beacon of hope that is the US of A.

Wow she can read!

Who woulda' thunk it!?!?

Posted by: Cal |
Looks like she finally got to read a newspaper!! But, just like she does NOT comprehend issues, she failed to comprehend what she "allegedly" read. The New York Times specifically states Senator Obama and Mr. Ayers had very little to do with one another. They happened to serve on the same board, nothing more. Shame on Sarah Palin for reducing herself to serving as McCain's talking puppet. She has NO self-respect, NO honor, and NO integrity to allow herself to be used by that political pimp, John McCain!

Ok, she could have worded it better, but Obama admitted to seeking Bill Ayers approval and support before announcing his run for president. In FACT Obama launched his politcal career from the mans house. Sounds like more then a "tenuous relationship" to me But Bill Ayers is just one of Obama's many scandalous "acquaintances". And its very interesting for anyone who's paying attention, that all of these friends are downgraded to acquaintance once it becomes public knowledge that he was friends with them.

I can't believe the number of idiots on here who really believe Obama is a friend of Ayers. He served on a board with Ayers, so what? Grow up people. Let's talk about things that really matter. Where are McCain/Palin's ideas for getting this economy turned around? Where are their ideas for healthcare? Oh wait, I know the answer to that one. TAX the employer for health benefits. What about foreign policy? They believe that God wants democracy spread throughout the world, just like George W.

Palin makes me ashamed to be a woman. Winking, dropping your "g" on the end of words and saying You Betcha do not a VP make. I'm a Hillary supporter that had no problem supporting Obama from the get-go. Now that Palin and McCain have turned to DESPERATE measures in attacking Obama, RATHER THAN OFFERING SOLUTIONS FOR WHAT AILS OUR NATION, I know without a doubt that I am making the right choice for me, for my family and for my country in voting for Obama.

I sure wish all you McCain supporters would just move to Alaska and succeed from the union already, like Todd Palin wants to.

If you use Palin logic McCain is a mass murderer.
His bombs killed thousands- therefore he is a mass killer of many many people.
have a nice day Paliar

Look, if Obama didn't pal around with these nuts, it wouldn't be an issue. If Ayers and Dohrn were McCain's friends, many of you on these blogs would be tearing into him like a school of hungry piranhas.
But that's what many of you are, hypocritical morons.

If my husband consorted with the sort of people Obama has been linked to he would not have the security clearance he needs for his job with a defense contractor. Just what level of security clearance does the POTUS need? Why is there no one from his past who can come forward and attest to his character except his wife? No one from Occidental, Columbia, Harvard Law? The latter in particular is known for its network and yet not a single classmate has said a word about the man who was president of the Law Review? It's as though he came out of nowhere...

Why all the wailing? The Left absolutely adores Ayers! Why, he's right up there with Fidel Castro. Hugo Chavez and Code Pink as most favored America haters. Obama should be thrilled with the name dropping. It's playing right to his base! Ayers was the one quoted as saying, "Guilty as Hell, Free as a Bird! America...What a Country!" while pictured stomping on the American flag.

Why get so riled up? If you don't like it, just put on your Che Guevera t-shirt and organize your community to take to the streets in protest! Burn a few flags or something while you're at it. Then calm down and look at the facts. Ayers and Obama worked very closely together for a long time. And yes, it's creepy. Deal with it - this is YOUR candidate.

Let us not forget Todd Palin's RECENT association with a group of Alaskans who want to secede from the United States. Can Sarah even address this issue? Her husband wants to take Alaska away from the US, he attended meetings acting as an unofficial governor, and she wants us to consider Obama a radical because a radical from 40 years ago endorsed and helped Obama? She needs to look in her own backyard or her own bedroom before she starts making wild accusations.


Fact #1: OBAMA had a long working relationship with AYERS.

Fact #2: AYERS was a TERRORIST who wanted to blow up the PENTAGON and the US CAPITOL.

Fact #3: OBAMA called AYERS "moderate"

This has to be the most idiotic attack I have ever heard....I mean, if Obama had any ties to terrorists the Homeland Security people and FBI would be on him in flash, given that they seem to file charges at the drop of a pin. Yeah, Palin and McCain are really going to change the tone in Washington and the Swift Boat stuff is really going to help.......right. Oh, wasn't Tom Hayden in Congress, so that would make McCain a terrorist pal, too.

Senator Obama is running for President of the United States,
yet the skeletons in his closet are a former terrorist Bill Ayers who confessed to bombing the Pentagon, and Rev Wright, " God D__m America, and the US of KKK!" As Americans are we suppose to hand over the leadership of our beloved country to a man who has mentors like this in his past, present and future!

using Palins logic:
Napalm John McCain Mr.Mass Murder~
Posted July 17th, 2008 by legalizeliberty
McCain knew that what he was doing was wrong. Three months before he fell into that Hanoi lake, he barely survived when his fellow sailors accidentally fired a missile at his plane while it was getting ready to take off from his ship. The blast set off bombs and ordnance across the deck of the aircraft carrier. The conflagration, which took 24 hours to bring under control, killed 134 sailors. A few days later, a shaken McCain told a New York Times reporter in Saigon: "Now that I've seen what the bombs and the napalm did to the people on our ship, I'm not so sure that I want to drop any more of that stuff on North Vietnam."
Yet he did.
"I am a war criminal," McCain said on "60 Minutes" in 1997. "I bombed innocent women and children." Although it came too late to save the Vietnamese he'd killed 30 years earlier, it was a brave statement. Nevertheless, he smiles agreeably as he hears himself described as a "war hero" as he arrives at rallies in a bus marked "No Surrender."
Is this the smoking napalm confession of a mass murderer? No wonder he is willing to bomb Iran and may even use tactical nuclear weapons to accomplish his goal.

Let's not forget Ayers cop killer wife. All part of the same dem and lib crowd.

The lovely couple also hosted B Hussein Obama's political kick off celebration in their home.

Is there a statute of limitations on being a terrorist or cop killer?

Wait a minute....she 's under investigation in Alaska, along with her husband and both have refused to cooperate with the investigation. They both were members or affiliated with an independant party that wanted Alaska to secede from the United States! I know she is unable to think intelligently on her own, she can't even do it with coaches, but has she completely lost what little brains she has?

What a peice of work she is. Under investigation in Alaska, refuses to testify.
Formerly affiliated with an independant party that wanted Alaska to seced from the U.S.
And dumb enough to say anything McCain tells her to.
What a bunch of liars.

You people are so desperate that you overlook a women who has no business being a Governor let alone a VP candidate. What exactly are her qualifications? Get a life before it is too late. For those of you who attended the Carson event and came home overwhelmed you must be pretty shalllow.

Obama can sing like the Beatles, "I get by with a little help from my friends!" Friends like Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright!

Those of you that deny that Omama has a workitn relationship with Ayers, and Rezko, and other assorted marxist, commies, are sitting on your brains. I you had any brains, you'd know that Palin is only telling half of it. Maybe you're the kind of people that want a commie, marxist in the White House. If so, you don't deserve to live in this country.

1) > "This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world."

I am a Swiss citizen living in Switzerland and I assure you: in Europe (and in the rest of the world), America is no longer seen as the greatest force for good.

2) > "If we can be that beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and democracy".

Be every country preserved of an American interference under the pretext of freedom and democracy. What people need all around the world is not places like Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo.
I am afraid at the idea of nuclear weapons in the hands of Mrs Palin.

3) McCain-Palin should better be busy with providing their fellow-citizens a job and a health insurance before thinking to save the world.

4) Thank you to the GOP policy for having almost destroyed the world economy.

Sarah Palin does not read the NY TIMES. The pet trainers who handle Sarah spoonfed her what to say. If you are going to get angry at someone, it should be the handlers. Sarah is only a parrot.

I believe that a person is who they associate with. Ayers was involved with blowing stuff up and murder, he should have been indicted, he got off on a technicality, man made. I was around back then, maybe you too, if not do some research. My principles were not compromised then and they are not today. Obama and friends try to tear down America.

For the good of America, it would be better to have this pitbull muzzled.

Obama's connection to Ayers was through the Woods Fund, of which they both were board members in 2001. The Woods Fund is a philanthropic organization devoted to poverty relief and the promotion of social mobility. Apparently, Palin believes that anyone else on that board, including a businessman and a theological seminary president, similarly are guilty of "consorting" with a "terrorist". Bet McCain wishes that he could shut off her stupidity switch.

I am ashamed to be a Republican at this point. Our country has hit a new low with politics reaching this level. Karl Rove has so much to answer for.

If every Republican voted for Obama and cast the way of Rove out of the party the country would be so much better off in the long run.

This is what happens when you send an amateur to do a professional's job. Palin is a former beauty pageant contestant, who thinks all she has to do is wink, be cute or folksy, but her act isn't going to fly with the American public. Here's hoping a moose comes out on top the next time she tries to shoot one.

Typical Republican Scare Tactics!! The Ayer story got debunked quite some time ago. Yes, the NY Times did a new article, however, they found there was no connection between Mr. Ayers and Senator Obama aside from serving on the same board. Obviously Sarah Palin cannot comprehend what she claims to have read. Does this pitbull with lipstick understand anything at all? Seems all she can do is bark, bark, and bark at/about things that just aren't there. She is too busy focused on maintaining that "fixed" smile, winking, and making that extra effort of pulling her mouth to the side in order to make that wink. At age 44 you would think that woman would have long ago refrained from winking.....that is a childish "talent". Oh, I get it, ya betcha I get it.....she is actually trying to "hoodWINK" us. Yeah, ya betcha, ya gotta like ya gotta believe this is what it is, yeah, she thinks we are all Joe and Josie six-pack folks, you betcha, yep. Palin has it wrong, there are plenty of joe and josie six-pack people in the lower 48 that are MUCH, MUCH smarter than Palin will ever be!!

No doubt, the Republicans will use dirt and dirty tricks and lies and whatever to win this election. They have through the years changed the respectability of the American electorate to tactics expected of ruthless dictatorships and rogue states. Four more years with the republicans, four more years of deceit,corruption, fear, hatred, divisiveness and greed. Let's call out the Republicans for what they really are: mean spirited, selfish and "out of touch". Really what have you Republicans done for me lately or at least for the Nation? Let's see- One unnecessary War in Iraq( a loss of nearly 4,000 American lives), creation of perhaps the greatest deficit, in American history, huge rates of unemployment, outsourcing American jobs, Loss of prestige in the World. - Neglecting our infrastructure-from schools to developing new energy technology and job creation. There is not enough space on this website to talk about how all of us are affected by the negative stuff Republicans have dropped on us. We need some class and intelligence in the White House. -Not people who are condescending and cute, or someone who is stuck on the Vietnam War Hero thing (how about the many other war heroes of that era and beyond?)-That's not what all American's want. We want some one who can focus on real issues real lives! OBAMA/BIDEN

Obama/Biden are a uniters. McCain/Palin, clearly now, nothing but dividers. I am ashamed that Palin is representing Alaska. Please see the Obama/Biden Rally vs. the Mc/Cain/Palin Rally held in Anchorage today. Over a thousand folks out with signs and enthusiasm for Obama/Biden. A couple hundred subdued folks only alongside a multitude of empty chairs for McCain/Palin. It is going to be impossible for many of us to call Sarah Palin "governor" from here on out. Instead of making us proud, she is totally embarrassing us. Just send her home. We'll deal with the muck. This year, at the national level, we actually have some one--Obama--and some things--a stable and fair economy, a smarter and more diverse energy policy, and ethics and transparency in government--to vote for. In the positive sense. Having no substance on the positive side, one resorts to smears.

I just saw Caribou Barbie on the news. Does she seriously think she and McBush are going to win California? I can guarantee those 55 electoral votes will go to Obama. Please....take your "folksy" ways and winking eyes back to Alaska. America doesn't need you, but your boatload of kids do!

Thsi is the respectful campaign McCain promised us? What a couple of sleazeballs!

John McCain might win the election on November 4th. Then, if something terrible happens to him, Ms. Palin will become the President of the United States of America. America watch out... As the Berber of Morocco say, "Obedience to a woman leads to hell."
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His connection to Acorn and the real estate mortgage blowup is absolutey confirmed. The Barney Frank, Obama crowd used the taxpayer for gains to their crooked friends.

Anyone who excuses Obama out of pure hatred of Bush and overlooks his crooked connection to Acorn, Frank, is a traitor to this country.

We can not hand over this country to socialists like Obama, Soros and the rest of the scum on the left.

No one seems to be stating the obvious, because the media has failed to place this in perspective.

The Bill Ayers that Obama and the rest of Chicago have known since the mid-1980s is a well-respected and highly honored scholar of early childhood education who has been deeply involved in community action and city planning issues. Since 2000/2001, his memoir and 9/11 have shifted focus back to involvements he had long before Obama met him, involvements that had nothing to do with his relationship to Obama's community activism and later political campaigns.

The effort to smear Obama for his association with Ayers only succeeds because his opponents ignore the historical context of that association, and because the media allows them to get away with it.

It seems the New York "Traitor" Times is doing a series of stories on how we got into the financial mess in the first place. Plus SNL has stared to "ROAST" the DEMOC"RATS" it seem those on the "LEFT" are going to be a lot more unhappy. As for those on the "RIGHT" they are looking for "BLOOD" and who can blame them.

I bet other papers are going to pick up on the story the NY "Traitor" Times is starting to report. Maybe if they keep to straight reporting they can redeem themsellfs. Plus if SNL keeps up the satire on Nancy Pelosi and the Democ"RATS" the left might stop laughing at PAlin and start crying "FOUL". If you live by SNL then you might "DIE" by SNL

VJ Machiavelli

Palin is telling the truth. BArack Obama connections with Ayers & Wright are signed of left leaning candidate. Also Obama will talk & consort with President of nations called "axis of evil". How can we Americans trust him? He will call us stupid if we vote for him. John MCCain has experience and integrity. You vote to MCCain will be served as vote of confidence and proud to be American.

without resorting to petty personal attacks, please give Gov.Palin a chance. If what Senator Obama did when he was younger is out of inexperience, or lack of maturity, why are her views or past performances or associations given so much importance! I lost respect for Joe Biden and Obama when I did not hear one word from either of them about some of the things that actually work in this country. Obama is an example of the society that rewards hardworking people. He never admits that. Biden tells people making more money to be more patriotic without acknowledging all the hardship and sacrifices they make to get to that stage. Can he make the same request to that mother who is having her 4th child out of wedlock and without a job, not to increase the burden on the society, or to actually think twice before making foolish and greedy financial decisions? I am all for helping the poor. But not for spoonfeeding the lazy or selfish who actually take the help away from the actually deserving. Please post this so people can atleast see that people who make more money today did not always have enough money to make ends meet. Please don't join the bandwagon of social injustice without actually understanding it.

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