Friday, October 31, 2008

Mark Warner in the Valley

Where: The Mill Street Grill, 1 Mill St., Staunton VA

When: This Sunday, November 2 at noon.

Lunch will be provided for the first 140 people who arrive. Everyone will get a chance to meet with Governor Warner and hear him speak.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Staunton Newspaper Endorses Sam Rasoul

The News Leader of Staunton has joined The Roanoke Times by endorsing Sam Rasoul for Congress. Saying it is time for a change, time for a fresh approach, and time for new ideas for the 6th District, the News Leader says:
When Congressman Bob Goodlatte, R-6th, said he would only serve 12 years, we believed him. That was during his first run for the office in 1992....

In March, the nonpartisan research organization Knowlegis ranked the eight-term Republican 254th among 435 House members in the Congressional power structure. The study ranks members on their positions, indirect influence and legislative activity and earmarked funding for special projects.

After all his [Goodlatte's] years in Congress, we'd hope for something better than middle of the pack.
The News Leader goes on to write this about Sam Rasoul:
Rasoul, on the other hand, walks the walk. He is seeking a seat in Congress on a shoestring — he refused money from the National Democratic Committee because he didn't want to be beholden to the lobbyists attached to party money.
...we'd like to see a fresh approach to how our district is represented in Congress.

Rasoul is not part of the problem. We believe he could be part of the solutions.
Cross posted at Coarse Cracked Corn

American Stories, American Solutions

Monday, October 27, 2008

Roanoke Times endorses Sam Rasoul

The Roanoke Times has endorsed Sam Rasoul in the 6th District with this strong statement of support:
Americans are dissatisfied with a dysfunctional Congress that has placed rabid partisanship and the influence of lobbyists above the interests of the Americans who elected them.
This Nov. 4 affords an opportunity for Americans to force change. Voters in Virginia's 6th Congressional District can help to hasten reforms by electing newcomer Sam Rasoul to replace longtime incumbent Bob Goodlatte.
Rasoul, at age 27, is the youngest person running for Congress. He is still wrapped up in the naïveté of youth. He believes that, with enough principled members, Congress could change. He is idealistic but doesn't seem to fully grasp or appreciate how the system works. Still, voters could do worse than give Rasoul a chance to prove himself.
He has shown through the campaign that he lives up to his principles. He won the Democrats' support as their nominee, but he has shunned all party and political action committee money.
Unseating an entrenched incumbent with a huge war chest is always tough. A newspaper endorsement doesn't guarantee victory. But, it is heartening to see a respected editorial board, which has closely followed this contest, come out with a bold and positive statement supporting Sam Rasoul. Hopefully, in this last week before votes are cast, the Roanoke Times has given undecided voters a reason to take a second look at this qualified candidate who will bring change to D.C. 

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Obama Rally in the Valley!!!

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama will join us for a Rally in the Valley, Tuesday at James Madison University. It will be Obama’s ninth trip to the commonwealth since the end of the primary campaign.

Think about this: Barack Obama cares enough about the Shenandoah Valley that he is coming here in the last days of the campaign… John McCain? Where is he? Where has he been? Mark Warner has been here to do everything from announce major initiatives to speak at high school graduations. Same with Tim Kaine. Ask yourself, who really cares about the Shenandoah Valley? Actions speak louder than words…

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, though, an RSVP is strongly encouraged. To RSVP, please click here

James Madison University
Convocation Center
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Doors Open: 3:15 PM

Program Begins: 5:15 PM

***For security reasons do not bring bags or umbrellas and please limit personal items. No signs or banners allowed.***

Special note: I learned this at Leesburg, leave your pocket knife in the car! I had to give up my Case that a good friend gave me a long time ago. But I did so without hesitation.

We are living history here!

Thank you, see you Tuesday!



Keep Tuesday afternoon, October 28th OPEN on your calendar!

Details have yet to be finalized but there seems every reason to believe A VERY SPECIAL VISITOR will be in Harrisonburg!


Thank you,


George and his veto pen...

From 2001 to 2007, George W. Bush vetoed exactly one piece of legislation. During the last year and a half, he has vetoed eleven times.

George W. Bush

1. July 19, 2006: Vetoed H.R. 810, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2005, a bill to ease restrictions on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. Override attempt failed in House, 235-193 (286 needed).

2. May 1, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1591, U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007. Override attempt failed in House, 222-203 (284 needed). A later version of the bill that excluded certain aspects of the initial legislation that the President disapproved of... H.R. 2206, was enacted as Pub.L. 110-28 with the President's approval.

3. June 20, 2007: Vetoed S. 5, Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007.

4. October 3, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 976, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007 ("SCHIP"). Override attempt failed in House, 273-156 (286 votes needed).

5. November 2, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 1495, Water Resources Development Act of 2007. Overridden by House, 361-54 (277 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 79-14 (62 needed), and enacted as Pub.L. 110-114 over President's veto.

6. November 13, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3043, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2008. Override attempt failed in House, 277-141 (279 votes needed).

7. December 12, 2007: Vetoed H.R. 3963, Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2007.[18] Override attempt failed in House, 260-152 (275 votes needed).

8. December 28, 2007: Pocket Vetoed H.R. 1585, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008[19]. A later version of the bill that changed a minor provision of which the President disapproved was quickly passed by Congress (H.R. 4986) and was enacted with the President's approval as Pub.L. 110-181 on 28 January 2008.

9. March 8, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 2082, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.[20][21] Override attempt failed in House, 225-188.

10. May 21, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 2419, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill.[22][23] Overridden by House, 316-108 (283 votes needed). Overridden by Senate, 82-13 (64 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-234 over the President's veto. Due to a clerical error, this act was repealed by Pub.L. 110-246.

11. 18 June 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6421, 2007 U.S. Farm Bill, re-passed by Congress to correct a clerical error in HR 2419.[24] Overridden by House, 317-109 (284 votes required). Overridden by Senate, 80-14 (63 votes needed). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-246 over the President's veto.

12. July 15, 2008: Vetoed H.R. 6331, Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act.[25] Overridden by House, 383-41 (283 votes required.) Overridden by Senate, 70-26 (64 votes required). Enacted as Pub.L. 110-275 over the President's veto.

Republicans for Obama

Colin Powell and Scott McClellen are just a few of the Republicans who have endorsed Barack Obama...

Each of the following are links to their parent articles

Richard Nixon's daughter supports Obama

Former Governor William Weld of Massachusetts is the latest Republican to cross over and support Democrat Barack Obama for president.

It's the Weld endorsement that's
making news, but there's been another notable defection by a Massachusetts conservative: Charles Fried, a former Solicitor General under Ronald Reagan and one of Harvard Law School's most respected conservatives, says he's already voted for Obama via absentee ballot.

Douglas W. Kmiec is Caruso Family Chair and Professor of Constitutional Law, Pepperdine University. He served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel (U.S. Assistant Attorney General) for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Former Dean of the law school at The Catholic University of America, Professor Kmiec was a member of the law faculty for nearly two decades at the University of Notre Dame.

At least two more former Republican governors have endorsed Barack Obama. I’ve previously noted that former Michigan Governor William Milliken has withdrawn his support for John McCain.

As election day draws nearer, a number of prominent moderate Republicans are endorsing Sen. Obama. Last weekend Colin Powell endorsed Sen. Obama and that endorsement appears to have started a bit of a flood.

Joel Haugen, a Republican fighting a tough congressional race against the Democrats in Oregon, has fallen out with his party. The reason: his surprise endorsement of Barack Obama for the presidency.

Much as already been written of the symbolism of Caroline and Ted Kennedy, daughter and brother of John F. Kennedy, supporting Barack Obama. Not only is Obama now carrying the torch of the Kennedy years, he has also received the support of the family of the president who preceded Kennedy. Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of Dwight Eisenhower, has endorsed Barack Obama for president:

Republicans and Conservatives Endorsing Barack

As you find more Republicans who support Barack Obama for President please add them in the comments.

Thank you!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

a picture is worth....

Photo taken by: Andrea Russell, Turner Ashby High School. 10/22/08

Opie, Andy, and The Fonz for Obama

Thank you Ron Howard, Andy Griffith, and Henry Winkler!

See more Ron Howard videos at Funny or Die

If these guys haven't represented what's good about America for the last forty years, no one has.

Obama at Leesburg Rally

Here is the first of several videos I will post from yesterday's rally in Leesburg.

We had a great time!

Palin Choice Hurts with Centrists

Palin Drove Stake Into Centrist Hearts

By Froma Harrop

Independents like me wanted two things out of a McCain running mate. (1) A capable leader who could step into the top job should something happen to the not-very-young No. 1. (2) Someone who would temper McCain's recent efforts to woo social conservatives. They got neither in the Alaska governor.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Joe the Plumber and Other Fairy Tales

From the Wall Street Journal

The "perception of reality," on the other hand, is an amazing political tonic, and with it conservatives have cemented a factproof worldview of lasting power. It is simply this: Conservatives are authentic and liberals are not. The country is divided into a land of the soulful, hard-working producers and a land of the paper-pushing parasites; a plain-spoken heartland and the sinister big cities, where they breed tricky characters like Barack Obama, all "eloquence," as John McCain sneered in last week's presidential debate, but hard to pin down.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Think about this

A SNL skit (yet) to be seen:

Scene 1:

President Palin with the generals, with her finger on the trigger for launching the Nukes to Russia:

General 1: "We are on the brink. Madam President.

Pick up the red phone and talk to Putin!"

Palin: "That would be blinking!

God made me president for a reason!!"

(launches Nukes to Russia)

"Its so exciting to be following GOD's PLAN for Armageddon.

The Rapture will be so much fun! Just think, billions of Chinese, Indians, Muslims,

(and don't you just love it), the Jews go to Hell!

And me and my Christians friends go to Heaven!"

Scene 2:

There is no scene 2.

(ht to bruce a.)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Who is Sarah Palin? Why is no one asking?

What does Sarah Palin believe? She stands to be President of the United States, the most destructively powerful nation which has ever existed. What do you know about what she believes, and what she hopes to bring about?

Who is Sarah Palin? My former party, the GOP and John McCain, has sold its soul and maybe our existence, to have power over the world.

Take the time to watch this video, and then ask yourself.
I know. I didn't leave the Republican party, the Republican party left me. For greed of power.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Colin Powell's Endorsement

Colin Powell's endorsement was compelling and common sense. To put it in Iraq War "military terms," it was SHOCK AND AWE. Powell's reasoning should convince most independents and many Republicans. Listen. Pass it on by sending this link to your friends. 

Powell Endorses Obama

Here's another Republican who has become tired of the direction that the GOP is trying to take the U.S. and the world.

Oct 19 09:31 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell has endorsed Democrat Barack Obama for president, describing the Illinois senator as a "transformational figure."

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Talking with Joe Six-Pack

This is an accurate example of what the Republican party has become dependent on to win elections. At one time (I thought anyway) the GOP stood for something different that what we see in this news report. Notice that not one issue is mentioned, only the most base of emotional responses to the lies and distortions my former party has been promoting.

This is the view of America the world sees. Does it make anyone proud?
These people do not represent me!

Do they represent you?

Vote Against This Nonsense!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Won't Get Fooled Again

Preparing for Election Day!

Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win, and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in
(124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381)

or in Bridgewater
(401 N Main St. 540-322-9986)

Rasoul Attack Ad

Nizer for Commissioner

As Commissioner, I plan to move services to the citizens.

Currently most, if not all, Commissioner of Revenue activities occur in the county administration building in Harrisonburg, many miles from our outlying communities. Most towns in Rockingham County have a community center and my goal is to explore which services can be delivered at the community centers on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Services such as assistance with tax relief, and income tax filings for the elderly or the disabled can be cost-effectively delivered at our localities. I will work with senior citizens, low income taxpayers, and Veteran groups to explain the process and guidelines of the tax relief program.

If elected I will work toward making Revenue forms more readily available either through to
wn offices, community centers, or the web. I will bring a fresh look and new prospective to the office of the Commissioner of Revenue for Rockingham County while providing the highest level of customer service possible.

Citizens of Rockingham County will know that with Esther Nizer as their Commissioner of Revenue, they will receive responsive and considerate attention. They will be valued partners in the future prosperity of Rockingham County.

On November 4th vote Nizer for Commissioner of Revenue, and take a step toward better government in Rockingham County!

Your vote will be appreciated.

Esther Nizer

Help Esther Today!!!
Click the button below to make a contribution with your credit card.

Write Nizer in the "purpose" line and RCDC will send her your contribution immediately.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

How Low Will VA Republicans Go?

The Republican Party of Virginia has sent out mailer comparing Barack Obama to Ahmadinijead, Kim Jong-Il, Putin, Chavez. It states, "America Must Look Evil in the Eye" Printed Over Photo of Eyes Some Believe to be Obama's.

The mailer falsely purports to be an "Official Absentee Ballot Request" and is an attempt to not only scare voters with lies about Barack Obama, it is designed to disenfranchise voters who may be confused by the absentee ballot misinformation. You may not receive this slime, but a neighbor probably did. The RPV likely targeted it to independents and weak Republican voters who don't especially like McCain.

To read more and see more pages of this disgusting GOP propaganda, visit The BRAD BLOG.

This is the handiwork of the despicable Jeff Frederick, chair of Virginia Republican Party and close confidant of many Shenandoah Valley GOP activists. Republicans don't play to the lowest common denominator, they go even lower.

Cross posted at Coarse Cracked Corn.

Kai Degner Campaign Commercial

This is a good video by the Degner for City Council campaign team!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Seven in 10 Say Obama Understands Americans' Problems

Public also more likely to think Obama has plan to solve problems

by Jeffrey M. Jones

PRINCETON, NJ -- Americans are much more likely to believe that Barack Obama understands the problems Americans face in their daily lives than to believe John McCain does.

Read the Story

Sam at Obama Rally

Our Candidate for Congress, Sam Rasoul

Speaking at Sunday's Rally for Barack Obama

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Obama Economic Rescue Plan

Spend 10 minutes and you'll know what Barack Obama plans to do to about this economic mess. I'll give you a hint...J.O.B.S.

Borrow and Spend Republicans

In 1976, Jimmy Carter inherited a $660 billion national debt.

The course of our national debt since then:

Added during Carter's four years: $337 billion.

Added during Ronald Reagan's eight years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during George H. W. Bush's four years: $1.6 trillion.

Added during Bill Clinton's eight years: $1.5 trillion.

Added during George W. Bush's seven years, nine months: $4.5 trillion.

Portion of the $9.5 trillion added to the national debt during the past 31 years and seven months that came during Republican presidencies: $7.7 trillion.

Percentage of that $7.7 trillion added during George W. Bush's two terms: 58%.

Now you know.

Obama vs, McCain, Economic Teams

Ok, You Two, What Would You Do to Solve This Mess?

Obama and McCain have taken different tacks to handling the meltdown. It's not by accident. How their economic gurus shape their views.

By Michael Hirsh | NEWSWEEK

Published Oct 11, 2008

From the magazine issue dated Oct 20, 2008

Barack Obama was in "governing mode," says one of his aides. In a small room next to A basketball arena at the University of Miami, Fla., the Democratic nominee had convened an emergency session of his new economic brain trust. It was a remarkable gathering for a candidate who, during the primaries, had relied largely on an obscure, baby-faced University of Chicago economist named Austan Goolsbee. With Obama in the room were Bob Rubin and Larry Summers, both Clinton-era Treasury secretaries credited with lifting global financial markets out of the "Asian contagion" of 1997; Paul Volcker, former chairman of the Federal Reserve; Laura Tyson, Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers chair; Gene Sperling, Clinton's national economic adviser; and Dan Tarullo, also a key Clinton go-to man on trade and G8 issues.

Read the Story

Sunday, October 12, 2008

GOP Attacking American Voters

GOP attacks on American voters turn desperate, ugly and dangerous

by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
October 10, 2008

The GOP assault on American voters has hit full stride as the economy and John McCain tank in synch.

With just over three weeks until election day, the Republicans have mounted an all-out attack against newly registered voters and the organizations working to sign them up. As many as 75% of these new voters are expected to vote Democratic, but the attacks have also spread to long-established voters as well. Recent calculations show more than a million more newly registered Democrats in Ohio than Republicans.

The usual drumbeat claiming massive voter fraud has become ceaseless at Fox "News" and other right wing media mouthpieces.

Read this Important Story!

Bob Goodlatte's ties to racist Bobby May

Bob Goodlatte is friends with Bobby May. Who is Bobby May? What is so bad about him?

Bobby May is the southwest Virginia GOP activist, treasurer of the Buchanan County Republican Party, and racist who wrote a disgusting and offensive article attacking Barack Obama in his local newspaper. Among the vile crap, May wrote that Obama would hire Ludacris to paint the White House black, change the national antemm into the "black national anthemm," raise taxes to "pay for Obama's inner-city political base" and replace the U.S. flag with a new one that had "a star and crescent logo."

May was a member John McCain's Virginia leadership team. The McCain campaign broke off the relationship with with him only after the story went national when the Los Angeles Times published parts of May's vitriol. A few days later, Bob McDonnell, a co-chair of McCain's Virginia leadership team, current attorney general, and a candidate for governor in 2009, also sought to distance himself from May. So far, no comment has been heard from Chris Saxman, another outspoken member of the leadership team and member of the House of Delegates from Staunton.

Back to Bob Goodlatte. What exactly is his relationship with Bobby May? I think Bob owes us all an explanation. We do know that the Goodlatte campaign throws significant cash to Mr. May's advertising business. According to, the Goodlatte campaign bought $7,508 from May Advertising Specialities in 2006. Was there even a campaign then? Records for campaign expenditures are not complete for 2008, but it is likely the close relationship continues.

Virginia Public Access Project records show May Advertising Specialities has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by Republican candidates in Virginia, including over $9,000 by the Staunton delegate and almost $75,000 by the attorney general.

Ah, the ties that bind. Mr. Goodlatte, tell us more about your ties and friendship with Bobby May.

Cross-posted at Coarse Cracked Corn

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Critical Time, The Final Push!

Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of our country…

This is the Most Important Election in Our Lifetime…


Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in Harrisonburg (124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381

or in Bridgewater (401 N Main St.(540) 322-9986 VIEW MAP)

VA Delegate Brian Moran,

(Democratic House Caucus Leader and Candidate for Governor)

will be at the Campaign for Change office

at 1:00p.m. on Monday, October 13th,

to Rally the Volunteers for the final three weeks of campaign work!

We have good momentum, and that momentum is building, but in order to keep the ball moving in the right direction, we must increase our effort!

Keep this in mind as you ask how important your help can be:

o 2006, a change of 15 votes in each precinct in our 6th Congressional District would have re-elected George Allen to the US Senate, and we wouldn’t have Jim Webb.

o 2005, a change of 350 votes state wide would have elected Creigh Deeds as Attorney General of Virginia.

o 2007, a change of 4 votes in each precinct in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County would have elected Dianne Fulk as Clerk of Court.


Volunteer help, volunteer work, and volunteer dedication have all been vital to get us to this point, but now is the time for our united final push to victory!

Join Delegate Brian Moran,

at the Campaign for Change office

at 1:00p.m. on Monday, October 13th,

to Rally the Volunteers for the final three weeks of campaign effort!


We have, at the time of this writing,

Three weeks,

Three days,


Twelve hours,

Until close of polls on Election Day

November 4th.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden,

Mark Warner,

Sam Rasoul,

and all of our wonderful candidates for local office

are counting on You and Me to help,

Right now!


There is much work to be done during the next three weeks and

Campaign for Change has a good plan for the end game.

Please, if you haven’t volunteered in some way to help in this historic effort to take our country back, do so now!

If you have been helping, keep up the great work!

You are Vital!


Call the Campaign for Change to find how you can help us all win and come to the Campaign for Change Headquarters in Harrisonburg (124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381

or in Bridgewater (401 N Main St.(540) 322-9986 VIEW MAP)

And Join Brian Moran to Rally the Volunteers!

Monday, October 13th


At the Obama, Campaign for Change office,

In downtown Harrisonburg. 124 S. Main St. 804-306-5381

Friday, October 10, 2008

Obama Proposes Small Business Rescue Plan

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio -- Barack Obama today proposed a plan of tax cuts and loans for small businesses hurt by the current credit crisis, a temporary program he said is needed to help Main Street and complement what has already been done for Wall Street.

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Debt Clock runs out of digits

In a sign of the times, the National Debt Clock in New York City has run out of digits to record the growing figure.

Read the Story

Palin, Showing She Doesn't Know...

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, touted by GOP presidential candidate John McCain as his expert on energy, seemed to have problems Thursday explaining whether the government bans oil exports -- especially from her state's North Slope fields.

Read the Story

Thursday, October 9, 2008

McCain has lost his bearings.

"Across this country this is the agenda that I have set before my fellow prisoners..." (watch the 30 second clip below). At the debate the other night John McGrumpy was telling us that taxpayers should buy up all the bad mortgages and bail out the banks. The guy has lost his mind.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Seven Palin Aides to Testify in Abuse of Power Probe

Anchorage, Alaska - Seven aides to Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin have reversed course and agreed to testify in an investigation into whether the Republican vice presidential nominee abused her powers by firing a commissioner who refused to dismiss her former brother-in-law.

There is no indication, however, that Palin or her husband will now agree to testify in the legislative inquiry, which has dogged her for the past several months and could hurt John McCain in the final weeks of the presidential race.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin says she's an open book regarding an abuse-of-power investigation. Apparently her staff doesn't feel the same way.

While the Alaska governor has waived her privacy rights so details about her firing of a state commissioner can be made public, she has not called on others in her administration to do the same. Unless they do, the results of a state personnel board investigation may never be revealed.

The personnel board and the state Legislature are running separate investigations into whether Palin abused her power by firing Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan, who says he resisted pressure to fire a state trooper involved in a messy divorce with the governor's sister.

The controversy, known in Alaska as Troopergate, could hurt John McCain's presidential bid. Legislative investigators are due to submit a report Friday that could reveal embarrassing details about Palin's leadership and provide campaign fodder in the final weeks before the election.

Palin refuses to cooperate with that inquiry, which she says has become too political, citing comments by the Democratic senator overseeing the case. She is only cooperating with the personnel board inquiry, which is much more secretive, is run by people she can fire and could take years to resolve.

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Eleven Point Lead - Obama

PRINCETON, NJ -- The latest Gallup Poll Daily tracking report shows Barack Obama with a 52% to 41% lead over John McCain.


These results, based on Oct. 5-7 polling, are the best for Obama during the campaign, both in terms of his share of the vote and the size of his lead over McCain. (To view the complete trend since March 7, 2008, click here.)

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Retirement accounts have lost $2 trillion

Here are real people being harmed! I have been warning my former party about this looming issue for this entire decade.

"Unlike Wall Street executives, America's families don't have a golden parachute to fall back on," said Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the panel chairman. "It's clear that their retirement security may be one of the greatest casualties of this financial crisis."

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Financial Crisis and John McCain

In the middle of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,
John McCain wants to change the subject from the central question of this election.

Perhaps that's because the policies
John McCain supported these past eight years
are pretty hard to defend.

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Point a Day...

Will keep the TheoCons away...

Read the Story

Young Voters ‘08: Pro-Obama and Mindful of Outcome

From Gallup 10-06-08

Majority of 18- to 29-year-olds perceive a direct impact of president on their lives

by Lymari Morales

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- America's youngest voters are mindful of history and the impact on their own lives as they prepare to cast ballots on Nov. 4. Among 18- to 29-year-old registered voters surveyed for a USA Today/MTV/Gallup poll, 61% support the Obama-Biden ticket, versus 32% who prefer the McCain-Palin ticket, with Obama's voters being far more likely to be certain about their vote than McCain's.

Read the Story

Foundation of Economic Crisis

Sunday, October 5, 2008

A Disturbing Record of Recklessness and Dishonesty

Make-Believe Maverick

This is the story of the real John McCain, the one who has been hiding in plain sight. It is the story of a man who has consistently put his own advancement above all else, a man willing to say and do anything to achieve his ultimate ambition: to become commander in chief, ascending to the one position that would finally enable him to outrank his four-star father and grandfather.

In its broad strokes, McCain's life story is oddly similar to that of the current occupant of the White House. John Sidney McCain III and George Walker Bush both represent the third generation of American dynasties. Both were born into positions of privilege against which they rebelled into mediocrity. Both developed an uncanny social intelligence that allowed them to skate by with a minimum of mental exertion. Both struggled with booze and loutish behavior. At each step, with the aid of their fathers' powerful friends, both failed upward. And both shed their skins as Episcopalian members of the Washington elite to build political careers as self-styled, ranch-inhabiting Westerners who pray to Jesus in their wives' evangelical churches.

In one vital respect, however, the comparison is deeply unfair to the current president: George W. Bush was a much better pilot.

Biden/Palin Debate, SNL Version

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Biden in Roanoke Sunday

Community Gathering with Joe Biden

Sam Rasoul will speak in the lead up to Senator Biden's appearance.

Century Park Plaza
13 Church Ave SE
Roanoke, VA

Sunday, October 5th
Gates Open: 11:00 a.m.
Program Begins: 12:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public -- however, seating is limited and tickets are required.

For security reasons, do not bring bags. Please limit personal belongings. No signs or banners permitted.

Tickets are available during the following times at the location below:

Campaign for Change Office - Roanoke
151 Campbell Ave. SW
Roanoke, VA


Friday, October 3rd: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 4th: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Vote! Information on How, Where, Why

Below is a good resource provided by Google. Learn how to register, get information, find your polling place and more. Help your friends in this most important election year!

Vote Your Voice!


Of the People
By the People
For the People

Abraham Lincoln:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.

It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --

that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.



Friday, October 3, 2008

Two Debates! Goodlatte -vs- Rasoul

The first, hosted by the Roanoke County PTA, will be held in Roanoke County at William Byrd High School
Monday October 6 at 7pm.

Contact Chuck Lionberger:

The second, hosted by WSVA radio 550am, will be held in Harrisonburg
at the Tropical Room of the Holiday Inn
Wednesday October 9th, at 10am.
Broadcast Live on AM 550, WSVA of Verstandig Broadcasting.

Contact Hal DuBois:

Both events are open to the public and to the press, please attend and participate in your government and future!

You Can't Beat the House

When you’re proudly hating on the immigrants, homosexuals, uppity brown people, and effete liberals it must creep you out to share a table with a Connecticut-born, spoiled-ass trust fund Son of a Bush sporting a fake drawl and a show ranch. And when he parks your country in a quagmire, reduces your income, blows up Granny’s retirement fund, and can’t bother himself to round up bin Laden - you either fold or bluff. Bush is down to a table of born losers.

But look, the Maverick has started a new game, same rules, higher stakes, better looking women. Are you feeling lucky?

What's in a Wink?

(S)He who winks the eye causes trouble,
And a babbling fool will be ruined.
From Proverbs book 10


Blinking is a neat natural process whereby the eyelids wipe the eyes clean, much as a windscreen wiper on a car.

Blink rate tends to increase when people are thinking more. This can be an indication of lying as the liar has to keep thinking about what they are saying. Realizing this, they may also force their eyes open and appear to stare.

Blinking can also indicate rapport, and people who are connected often blink at the same rate. Someone who is listening carefully to you is more likely to blink when you pause (keeping eyes open to watch everything you say).

Beyond natural random blinking, a single blink can signal surprise that the person does not quite believe what they see ('I'll wipe my eyes clean to better see').

Rapid blinking blocks vision and can be an arrogant signal, saying 'I am so important, I do not need to see you'.

Rapid blinking also flutters the eyelashes and can be a coy romantic invitation.


Closing one eye in a wink is a deliberate gesture that often suggests conspiratorial ('You and I both understand, though others do not').

Winking can also be a slightly suggestive greeting and is reminiscent of a small wave of the hand ('Hello there, gorgeous!').

Sarah Palin has experience being a runner-up -- which will come in handy in November. Tonight she barely kept up.

In advance, the commenteriat almost unanimously agreed on a false measure of this debate. Judging by "expectation" meant that pundits could conceivably award a faux victory if she was half-coherent and modestly informed after a cram session in Arizona.

But voters apply an absolute standard, not a low water mark of expectations: With America facing two wars and economic disaster, Americans ask if a candidate is up to the job.

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This is funny

Well, maybe it isn't?

New Movie about Palin

Maverick Surrenders Michigan

I was waiting to see if anyone else was going to bring this up but they haven't so here it is:

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Republican presidential candidate John McCain conceded battleground Michigan to the Democrats on Thursday, GOP officials said, a major retreat as he struggles to regain his footing in a campaign increasingly dominated by economic issues.

These officials said McCain was pulling staff and advertising out of the economically distressed Midwestern state. He also canceled a visit slated for next week. Michigan, with 17 electoral votes, voted for Democrat John Kerry in 2004, but Republicans had poured money into an effort to try to place it in their column this year.

The decision marked the first time either McCain or his Democratic rival, Barack Obama, has tacitly conceded a traditional battleground state in a race for the White House with little more than a month remaining.

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