OK, so three out of four of my siblings are Obama people. I don’t know about the fourth – I don’t think he has decided yet. My mother, a STAUNCH Hillary supporter, who is furious with the DNC (and has told them so because of the vote theft, etc.) says she doesn’t know where she went wrong with them. Me either. But all of a sudden, they have started sending me articles and emails on why McCain/Palin are evil, and Obama is The One. I’m paraphrasing a little, but not a lot.

My oldest brother sent me the piece Gloria Steinem wrote on Gov. Palin, an elitist, patronizing piece in which she diminishes people who hunt (not understanding, I guess, that many people hunt to put FOOD on the table, especially in these difficult economic times), among other smears. So, I felt compelled to write him back. A lot of this is information those who have been paying attention already know:

I am not an apologist for Sarah Palin, but I find the argument that SHE is inexperienced as Steinem said to be laughable. The DNC selected the least experienced candidate ever, one who refuses to make available ANY paper trail at all – no college or law school transcripts, no medical records, no passports, no birth certificates, and claims he had NOT ONE PAPER or DATE BOOK available from his time in the IL Senate (which is part-time service, btw). One who has no legislative accomplishments of note to his name. Never mind the LONG list of his sordid associates which throw his whole “good judgment” stance out the window.

Add to that his vote for FISA, for the Bush/Cheney Energy Bill, for keeping Terry Schiavo on life support.

Or his lack of chairing ONE meeting of the European Affairs Subcommittee, which oversees Afghanistan, and now claims that we need to do more abt Afghanistan,and who wants to return to the foreign policy of DONALD RUMSFELD…If this was BUSH, the Progressives would be going batshit crazy screaming our fool heads off.

But for some reason, this is all fine and dandy. Never mind all of the university professors who are now shrugging off his constant plagiarizing (and his picking a running mate who is also a plagiarizer), an act that can get students thrown OUT of universities. Why? I really don’t get this infatuation with this man! Without a teleprompter, he can barely even talk!! But he is “eloquent,” and has “good judgm ent.” Um, no. And he is sexist as all hell, to boot.

And for some reason, Obama is constantly comparing himself to the VP pick, not the presidential nominee. Much easier for him to pick on a woman than a man, as he demonstrated time and again during this campaign. Flipping Hillary off, brushing her off his shoulder and his shoe, having “99 Problems BUt a Bitch Ain’t One” playing when he won Iowa. Class act this guy. Oh, and for what it’s worth – he lives 1 1/2 blocks away from Bill Ayers, who lives right down the street from the Farrakhan Compound. What a coincidence.

Oh – is now when I tell you that my brother has a PhD., and developed some major software, whose clients include NASA? Yeah. He’s supposed to be smart (my younger brother and his wife – both PhDs – also are big Obama supporters, at least my brother is. My sis-in-law is a “Vote Democrat” no matter what more than anything.). Just goes to show that there is a difference between being educated and having common sense. I can say that because I have BOTH!!! Ahem.

Here’s what he wrote back:

These are interesting accusations. Do you know these things for a fact? What is your source of information? Is there some doubt about the fact that Obama was elected president of the Harvard Law Review? You don’t get to that place by being a flaky biscuit. Is there any doubt about the fact that McCain was at the bottom of his class at the Naval Academy?

I don’t follow you with the Donald Rumsfield foreign policy thing. What do you mean?

One thing I can say for sure. I have seen Obama in many interviews and town hall type conversations, besides the podium speeches. He has always impressed me with his speaking ability in off the cuff situations. This is a sharp dude.

I also like Joe Biden very much. He is a solid, decent, knowledgeable person.

At the end of the day, this is about policies, not personalities. Who do you think is going to best implement the objectives of Hillary Clinton? If you say McCain-Palin, then I don’t see how you get there.

Oh, boy. Evidently, he does not have the same desire for sources when others are “accused,” but whatever. And yes, he DID go there about the personalities. Here’s my response:

Yes, I know these things for a fact. This is what I do every day, all day long.

True, Obama was head of the Law Review, and the ONLY Editor to never publish a single piece while editor. His tenure is the least quoted year of ANY for the Harvard Law Review. The changes he implemented were changed immediately after he left. He has only one piece that was finally uncovered just recently from his time at Harvard (it’s on abortion, by the way), and is not well written at all. He never published anything as a law instructor, either. Nothing. And he wasn’t a full professor, either.

Have you watched Obama in the debates? Interviews? His constant stammering has become fodder for late-night comedians, counting up how many times he says, “uh, uh, uh” in a few minutes time. Sure, give him a prepared speech, and he’s great. Of course, he doesn’t WRITE them – he leaves that up to three young white guys (not kidding – NY Times had an article on them).

Obama said if he was elected president, he would want to return to the Foreign Policy of George Bush the first. Those policies were courtesy of Donald Dumsfeld. He said this shortly after he lauded Reagan as a transformational president, and tore Bill Clinton down. Here’s a LINK. It was at Huffington Post, too.

I agree that this is not abt personalities, yet that seems to be the ONLY reason people are voting for Obama. Many of the people I know who support him seem to know NOTHING abt him except he gives a good speech, and he claims he had good judgment for giving an anti-war (not all wars, mind you) speech in front of an anti-war crowd in Hyde Park. He wasn’t even the main speaker – Jesse Jackson was! In fact, his speech wasn’t even recorded. They went back and did it in a studio. He got everyone thrown off the ballot right before the election when he ran for IL senate, thus running unopposed. Oh, including his mentor, Alice Palmer. His manager, David Axelrod, exposed the Republican opponent for US Senate’s sealed divorce records, revealing he had an affair, so he had to drop out at the last minute. So they brought in Alan Keyes, who is NUTS. That’s how he got into the Senate. He has missed almost 50% of votes in the Senate. And like I said, he has not held ONE subcommittee meeting on European Affairs, the committee that oversees Afghanistan, NATO, and Europe. He said he was too busy campaigning, after only being in the US Senate ONE YEAR. If anyone else had tried this, with such a flimsy record of legislation both in the IL Senate and US Senate, they would have been laughed off the stage. He claims to be on committees he isn’t, claims he assisted in legislation he didn’t (even in the Saddleback Forum – he claimed he worked with McCain on campaign finance reform – McCain has a letter he sent to him apologizing for taking him at his word that he really DID want to work on it – it’s powerful stuff, and reveals early on how duplicitous Obama is). How is it you don’t know ANY of this? His relationship with Bill Ayers, the unrepentant domestic terrorist? The one with whom he worked at the Annenberg Challenge at which $110 million kinda disappeared? And from which he gave people like Jeremiah Wright big chunks of change (the fund was supposed to be for education)?

Look at his associates: IL State Senator James Meeks, close personal friend and spiritual mentor. Not only is he actively anti-gay, but he works with Focus on the Family and other groups to try to end separation of church and state (which is what made Steinem’s smear on Palin abt James Dobson ironic). Tony Rezko – convicted. Kwame Kilpatrick – convicted. Gov of IL – under investigation. Oh, and his church is associated with Hamas and Louis Farrakhan. New politics? Nope – Chicago-style politics.

Personally, I don’t like BIden at all. He’s also a plagiarizer, and stood with Bush a great deal after 9/11, always appearing with him in the Rose Garden. Doesn’t bother you he said Obama is too inexperienced to be president?

I would have thought after 8 yrs of Bush, someone else everyone claimed was too inexperienced (he was actually MORE experienced than Obama), people would not want to take such a risk again, and with someone who is more secretive than Bush EVER was. His birth certificate is important, since apparently, he was adopted by his mother’s second husband – if he had dual citizenship EVER, it excludes him from being president (and all of this “I grew up with a poor single mother” is just CRAP. She was remarried to a wealthy Indonesian business man when he was quite small. He went to the most prestigious school in Hawaii – his grandmother, the “typical white person,” was a bank vice president at the largest bank in Hawaii. They were not poor people. His father was a polygamist who was abusive to his wives, and who had a number of DUIs,and died in a drunk driving accident.).

So, I agree – it shouldn’t BE about personalities, but that’s exactly what it has been. And I am not voting for him just because of all of the above. I am not voting for him because I will not, cannot, condone the Democratic Party engaging in voter fraud, theft, and disenfranchisement. When the DNC starts taking votes cast for one person and giving them to another, they have lost their moral compass. It is immoral at best, and likely illegal. That was the ONLY way Obama got the nomination. That and the DNC treating FL and MI more harshly than any other state because they knew they were going for Clinton. So they took away 100% of their votes. Their RULE is 50%, same as the RNC. But they did not use that, and they SHOULD have for SC, IA, and NH, too. ALL of those states violated the rule. The purpose was to thwart Clinton’s momentum, same reason Obama took his name off the ballot in MI. He encouraged others to do so, too, as a way to try and embarass Clinton when she won, and as an ass-kiss to IA. To then give him votes not cast for him, when “Uncommitted” is a recognized presidential candidate in MI party rules, as well as to take away delegates Clinton won from votes cast for her by American citizens is reprehensible. I will not support the DNC with my money or time or VOTE anymore until they clean house and regain some semblance of integrity.

So – it’s not that it isn’t Clinton. If Obama had won fair and square, I’d vote for him like I did for Kerry, whom I also did not like. But he didn’t. His campaign engaged in a tremendous amount of dirty politics, especially in caucus states- TX alone had over 2,000 documented cases of fraud to which the DNC turned a blind eye. Clinton supporters were being locked out of the caucuses, numbers were changed when they were called in, peopel were bused in from out of state, they stole packages in TX and had people sign in when they voted rather than having them come back at night…It made NO sense that Clinton would WIN TX by as much as she did, then lose the caucus by as much as she did. There are already a number of reports and documentaries out about this, but the MSM is not covering them.

And that’s another thing – Clinton was outspent up to 4 -1, was trashed regularly NOT for her policies (which were similar to Obama’s because he would take them WHOLE CLOTH from her, like the 5 million green jobs initiative), while praising Obama up one side and down the other WITHOUT EVER VETTING HIM.

I do not think for a second Obama will work for the same policies Clinton did. I think he will go whichever way the wind blows. He has already demonstrated that time and time again. Why he isn’t being held to any of his votes is beyond me – and which just reinforces my point that people are not paying attention to WHAT he says, just how he says it (by the way – he didn’t have that folksy Southern-churchy accent when he was running for IL Senate). Look at his flip on FISA. Offshore drilling. Public campaign funding. Just to name a few.

I don’t know if I will even vote this year, so don’t assume I am voting for McCain/Palin. I can say that McCain is an honorable man, and has given his entire life i n service to this country. That means something. He is also moderate, and a reformer, something Obama will NEVER be (oh – today’s BIG report is about Obama raging on Palin, particularly about the Bridge to Nowhere, which she did get rid of afterall – and which HE VOTED FOR TWICE!!! He claimed, “Palin Can’t Just Make Stuff Up!” No, that purview belongs to Obama alone.). But Obama will never get my vote. He should never have assumed he would.

So that’s how my morning started – not at ALL about what I was going to write today. But you never know what is going to come up, I reckon. And I know there is evern more about Obama, but I figured I was pushing my luck with him actually reading it this far.

Ah, families…

  • HC

    I think I will “Biden” a copy of this for my mum! Nice post!

  • nycvoter

    “for keeping Terry Schiavo on life support. ” is this accurate, i don’t think there is any record of a vote.

  • tzada

    McCain raises 5,000,000.00 in 5 hours in CHICAGO!
    CHICAGO (CBS) ― Republican John McCain raised about $5 million in Chicago Monday night, or about $1 million for each hour he spent in Democrat Barack Obama’s home town.

    CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports the only glimpse of McCain the public got came as his motorcade departed. Like every Republican presidential nominee since 1984, McCain appears to regard campaigning in heavily Democratic Illinois a waste of time.

    Raising Money is why national Republicans come here. McCain took away an astounding $5 million. Several dozen of the biggest contributors who had dinner told CBS 2 McCain’s elated by new voter opinion surveys showing that, for the first time, he’s ahead of Obama.

    “Everybody in the room said ‘wow.’ This was even beyond what many expected. He is wonderfully self-confident but not cocky,” said McCain contributor Craig Duchossois.

    “The senator is clearly ecstatic about the polls,” said Ronald Gidwitz. “He’s very comfortable right now in his own skin. He sees the momentum going in his favor. He is the man who looks like a winner.”

    As McCain visited Obama’s hometown, the Illinois senator’s campaign unveiled in battleground states a tough new TV ad. It mocks McCain’s claim that he and running mate Sarah Palin are political mavericks.

  • karen for Clinton (sigh, McPalin now)

    Amy, simply put, you rock!

    We’ve been through debates with loved ones who failed to take a critical look at The One or accept any argument.

    On Thanksgiving, post election, I am sure I will have a hard time refraining from standing up and asking:

    “Would anybody like a nice glass of Koolade now?”

  • Ani

    Rev. Amy,

    Amazing. What a fabulous recap.

    Sometimes, I think I need to pinch myself because I cannot believe the lunacy that is going on in my own country.

    Reading this, I am reminded of every foul thing Obama and the DNC have done to game this primary and the American people. Those supporting him are truly suffering under some sort of delusion. This needs to get out far and wide.

    Great job.

  • Zelda Crunch

    Without a teleprompter, he can barely even talk!

    That’s for sure. I’ve collected so many quotes from him, quotes I’ve taken directly from telecasts myself – and seriously you wonder if the guy can even think, much less articulate. It’s as if he really doesn’t know when he begins a sentence exactly how he’s going to shovel the bullshit.

  • Linda

    Yep, Obama forces have gone rabid. They went full force with emails on “Jesus was a Community Organizer”-No SH!T.

    And then emails out of the blue sharing some propaganda and then asking who we support? Gee, subtle attempt at intimidation? We tell them, then they come back with attacks on McCain/Palin, the same used and re used”extremists righties..religion whackos”, etc. Gee, Obama seems to fit that bill.

    I didn’t ask for their onslaught, they asked me, so you can be sure I shared my thoughts back.

    • Docelder

      There is no logic to this at all. They make the “Jesus was a community organizer” ploy… while at the same time painting Gov. Palin a religious zealot. Meanwhile… Obama claims to be a “christian” converted by Rev. Wright. None of this makes a lot of sense to try to figure it out logically. I am beginning to think they are just flying by the “seat of their pants”.

  • HC

    Rev Amy you rock my world. I will use this with my crazy Obama loving family. Thanks.

    • Thanks for the nice words, y’all!

      If you want to use some/all of it, that’s fine by me. Hope it helps!

  • JM

    Impressive. So nice to see that you took the time to write such an informative summary of the creep. Although lengthy, it was worth the read. I learned some new things today, and you jarred my memory on a couple of other things. Everything that you wrote seems to be true. I have to agree with you as to why people consider to support Obama. It is inexplicable.

    As you wrote, John McCain is an honorable man, and that does mean something. It means that he will get my vote in the general election.

    • JM

      Correction> I have to agree with you as to why people continue to support Obama.

  • zozosmom

    Wow, Amy, that’s the most concise summary I have seen. Fabulous. Thanks for posting. I might need to forward to a few people.

  • I said in another post that I was going to document my statement that Fannie Mae is going to be considered the Democrat Enron. Here’s an attempt. Any search in Google with Democratic Enron Mae will provide much more information.

    This is probably the most concise long-term summary of the problem… I didn’t want to write a narrative. if one is interested then this is a good place to start.

    At the WSJ page itself are links to the individual stories.

    Through this whole time frame, Industry, the Fed, the White House, The Treasury ALL of them try to get reform passed through Congress.. Yet somehow Congress always gets blocked. These stories dont go into a lot of details as to why they get blocked, it seems like it’s fairly typical and annoying thing when it does, but the consistant theme running through this is that the Democrats shield any action from taking place againt Fannnie Mae because of cries about housing for the poor.

    Well thank you for your compassion because now we’re all going to poor.

    When the full facts come out about this, this nation might be in a revolt.

    Fannie Mayhem: A History
    September 8, 2008 8:41 p.m.


    • Fannie Mae Enron? 02/20/02 – Fan and Fred look like poorly run hedge funds: lots of leverage and snarkily hedged risk. Does the word Enron ring any bells?

    WSJ notices the debt for FM is going up a lot

    • Frantic Fannie 02/28/02 – Companies taking on so much risk and debt, and backed by taxpayers, ought to be more transparent in what they tell the world.

    Responding to last week The two biggest U.S. mortgage holders hit the airwaves to denounce us, accused us of bias against “housing”

    Ancedote of Rep Chairman wanting to hold hearings, Dem Rep shutting that down

    • Inside Fannie 03/19/02 – Fan and Fred don’t function like other companies. They’re allowed to pile up debt, implicitly guaranteed by taxpayers, without being held to even the minimum of corporate governance standards.

    • Fannie’s Inside Info 07/01/02 – Even in this post-Enron world, Fan and Fred do not provide as much information about these securities as private mortgage lenders do.

    • Fannie Capitulates, Sort Of 07/15/02 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac end months of resistance, stonewalling and downright crankiness and agree to register their common stock with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    • Fannie Mae’s Risky Business 09/23/02 – We’ve been suggesting that Fannie Mae was exposed to too much interest-rate risk. All of a sudden investors seem to agree with us.

    • Fan and Fred Get the Business 02/19/03 – The year has not started auspiciously for the two mortgage-finance behemoths.

    • Speaking Truth to Fannie 03/12/03 – The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis warns of a potential crisis arising from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    • Fannie Takes the Hill 10/09/03 – When the House of Representatives can’t get even a modest regulatory bill out of committee, the dangers of Fannie Mae become clear in reality.

    Notes that efforts by Committee chair keeps getting blocked, but doens’t say why

    • White House Fannie Pack 11/11/03 – White House chief economist N. Gregory Mankiw dares to tell the truth about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The mortgage giants were not amused, which means we’re getting somewhere.

    WH attacked by Barney Frank for being against “housing”

    • Christmas for Fannie Mae 12/23/03 – The Federal Reserve Board releases a new staff study about the impact of taxpayer subsidies for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    So no wonder the companies are fighting so hard to block the Bush Administration’s effort to more thoroughly monitor and supervise their risk-taking

    • Fannie’s Risky Business 02/25/04 – Alan Greenspan putshis credibility behind the cause of reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    • Fannie Uncovered 09/23/04 – The housing-finance giant has been engaging in some accounting funny business.

    • Fannie Mae Enron? 10/04/04 – The company was cooking the books. Big time.

    The target EPS for maximum payout was $3.23 and Fannie reported exactly . . . $3.2309. This bull’s-eye was worth $1.932 million to then-CEO James Johnson, $1.19 million to then-CEO-designate Franklin Raines, and $779,625 to then-Vice Chairman Jamie Gorelick.

    • Fannie Mae Liberals 10/14/04 – There were many moments of high entertainment during the House hearings on Fannie Mae’s creative accounting. But our favorite was the Mister Magoo performance given by Barney Frank (D., Massachusetts).

    Mr. Frank chided Fannie CEO Frank Raines and CFO Tim Howard, saying, “At the level of compensation you get, we ought to be able to count on you to do your very best without additional incentives.” (THIS AFTER LEARNING ABOUT MILLIONS IN FRAUD!!! we were counting on you??!!?!? WTF)

    the good liberals in the Congressional Black Caucus. Members of this group are often the loudest defenders of Fannie and her brother, Freddie Mac. Can it be that the annual donations made by the Fannie Mae Foundation to the Caucus have blurred their vision too?

    Maxine Waters (D., California) cooed all over Mr. Raines, and Clay Lacy (D., Missouri) played the race card by calling the hearings a “political lynching” of Mr. Raines, who is African-American

    The default position for Fannie’s defenders is that the giant mortgage finance company provides more affordable housing.

    Fan and Fred’s Congressional sympathizers (including some of the same Members who lavished valentines over Fan last week) sent a letter to HUD complaining against the new quotas

    The evidence is overwhelming that Fannie only pretends to be a tribune of the poor.

    • Fannie the Centaur 12/17/04 – Understanding their half-man, half-beast nature is crucial to fixing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the wake of their recent financial scandals.

    • Fannie Turns a Page 12/23/04 – Fannie Mae – a slick, semiprivate firm operating with the patronage of politicians – is the kind of institution one still expects to find in a country like France.

    • Fannie’s Friends on the Hill 05/09/05 – Congress finally seemed ready to protect taxpayers from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Then Republican Mike Oxley decided to ride to their rescue.

    We should have known the two mortgage giants wouldn’t change without a fight. Their new, post-scandal, executives are talking a nice, cooperative game. But their allies in the homebuilding trades are deluging Congress with the usual fears that reining in Fan and Fred will hurt home ownership. They’re even playing the race card, as in the email we received from Mary Mancera of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. “Reform Proposals Will Limit Latinos Access to Homeownership,” she declared, apparently with a straight face.

    At a recent Senate hearing, the best New York’s Chuck Schumer could do on the point is browbeat Mr. Greenspan with studies disputing a Fed study showing that even the implicit government guarantee for Fan and Fred hardly lowers mortgage rates at all.

    . Mr. Schumer and other politicians are in it for the campaign contributions, and it is especially amusing to see liberals fight for MBS portfolios that merely enrich already rich Fannie executives.

    We hope the Bush Administration and Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee don’t flinch the way House Republicans have.

    • Fannie Mae’s House 10/25/05 – Every Congressional session can be counted on to produce its share of bad bills. But the “reform” bill for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is in a class of its own.

    The bill’s new “affordable housing” fund confiscates potentially billions of dollars of the profits of these nominally private companies to finance the pet projects of Barney Frank and other Democrats. This sort of targeted profits tax is not only a bad idea in its own right but also gives Members of Congress an even greater stake in opposing any reform that might dent that profit stream. That is precisely why it is being promoted by the homebuilder lobby and others who benefit from Fannie subsidies.

    Chairman Oxley seems oblivious to all this, focusing instead on raising PAC contributions and showing he can pass a bill by giving Mr. Frank whatever he wants.

    The sad political truth is that a Democratic Congress probably couldn’t pass this stinker without being accused (accurately) of promoting state socialism. That an ostensibly conservative House will pass it is another embarrassment for Republican governance.

    • Freddie’s Friends on the Hill 04/27/06 – The Federal Election Commission sheds some light on how Freddie Mac rewards its friends.

    The Bush Administration has been forceful in calling for Congress to reform how Fannie and Freddie are regulated and run. But if it wants its effort to succeed, it is going to have to show Fan and Fred and their friends on the Hill that Treasury will act if Congress doesn’t.

    • Memo to Fannie 06/14/06 – A joke in Washington these days goes like this: “What’s the difference between Enron and Fannie Mae? Answer: The guys at Enron have been convicted.”

    Mr. Quarles said the Administration would prefer that Congress act to give a new regulatory body that power instead. But Fannie and Freddie and their political allies — the homebuilders especially — have been lobbying furiously to stop such reform legislation. So Treasury is telling the mortgage giants that even if they keep blocking reform, the Administration can achieve the same results administratively.

    • The Fannie Tax 04/12/07 – Democrat Barney Frank and the Bush Administration seem to have found common ground on new rules for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Naturally, there’s a catch.

    The bad news is that Mr. Frank is an expensive date, and his price for tolerating reform of his favorite corporate giants is dunning them for mega-bucks in the name of “affordable housing.” His bill would tax Fannie and Freddie to the tune of 1.2 basis points of their total book of business — or just over 1/100th of 1% of all the mortgages Fannie and Freddie have bought and packaged to sell to investors. That’s more than $500 million a year, with potential to grow.

    • Freddie Krueger Mac 05/10/07 – Just when you think they’re defeated, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac arise in Congress to kill any attempt to clean up their dangerous habits.

    The four Members fronting for the scandal-plagued companies are Democrats Melissa Bean (Illinois) and Dennis Moore (Kansas) and Republicans Gary Miller (California) and Randy Neugebauer (Texas). They prove that corporate socialism isn’t partisan, and no doubt they’ll be handsomely rewarded with campaign contributions if their amendment succeeds.

    • Fannie to the Rescue? 09/29/07 – Fannie and Freddie went up the Hill to fetch a pail of money.

    • Fannie More 10/23/07 – Barney Frank and Chuck Schumer have come up with a proposal that would increase the risk to taxpayers from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    • Fannie Mayhem 11/20/07 – Chuck Schumer is lucky Congress ignored his idea that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should ride to the rescue of the housing market.

    • Too Political to Fail 04/21/08 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac aren’t held to the same standards of accountability as everyone else.

    • The Price of Fannie Mae 07/10/08 – It’s time Americans understood the price they could soon pay for the Beltway’s confidence game with these high-risk “government-sponsored enterprises.”

    • Fannie Mae Ugly 07/12/08 – Investors continued to flee Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac almost as frantically as the political class tried to reassure everybody there was nothing to worry about.

    • Paulson’s Fannie Test 07/15/08 – Does Hank Paulson want to leave the U.S. financial system better than he found it? That’s his test in the wake of his commitment to use taxpayer money to rescue Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

    • Fannie and Freddie’s Enablers 07/21/08 – The same folks who put taxpayers on the hook for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are now demanding ransom to let taxpayers bail them out.

    • Fannie Mae’s Political Immunity07/29/08 –Congress sets the rules in favor of Fan and Fred, which then repay the Members with cash from their rigged profit stream.

    • When Henry Met Fannie 08/19/08 — That taxpayer capital injection looks closer all the time.

    • Weekend at Henry’s 09/08/08 — Propping up the living dead at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • zozosmom

    Thought this listeing to top 40 radio driving home from work

    Ever so slightly modified lyrics of Katy Perry’s “I kissed a girl and I liked it”

    This was never the way I planned
    Not my intention
    I got so brave, TV remote in hand
    Lost my discretion

    It’s not what
    I’m used to
    Just wanna try u on
    I’m curious for you
    Caught my attention

    I kissed a Republican girl and I liked it
    The taste of her pitbull lipstick
    I kissed a Republican girl just to try it
    I hope the Democrats don’t mind it
    It felt so wrong
    It felt so right
    Not supporting Obama tonight
    I kissed a Republican girl and I liked it
    I liked it

    No I didn’t even know her name
    It doesn’t matter
    She’s beating Obama at his own game
    Just her reforming nature

    It’s not what
    Good Democrats do
    Not how they should behave
    My head gets
    So confused
    Hard to obey

    I kissed a Republican girl and I liked it
    The taste of her pitbull lipstick
    I kissed a Republican girl just to try it
    I hope Barack don’t mind it
    It felt so wrong
    It felt so right
    Not supporting Obama tonight
    I kissed a Republican girl and I liked it
    I liked it

    Us girls we are so magical
    We get things done, so capable
    Hard to resist so electable
    Too good to deny it
    Ain’t no big deal, it’s innocent

    • Zelda Crunch

      You need a record deal! Fantastic!

  • yttik

    I got the Gloria’s article forwarded a while back, the one where she supported Hillary over Obama, along with the note, “What a racist!She needs to put out to pasture.”

    A few days ago, I got the latest Gloria blasts Palin article from the same family member, with the note, “listen to the feminists, they’re smart people.”

    LOL, sweetie, equality for people only when they agree with us is not equality at all!

  • Chicago Joe

    September 08, 2008
    A Feminist’s Argument for McCain’s VP
    By Tammy Bruce

    In the shadow of the blatant and truly stunning sexism launched against the Hillary Rodham Clinton presidential campaign, and as a pro-choice feminist, I wasn’t the only one thrilled to hear Republican John McCain announce Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate. For the GOP, she bridges for conservatives and independents what I term “the enthusiasm gap” for the ticket. For Democrats, she offers something even more compelling – a chance to vote for a someone who is her own woman, and who represents a party that, while we don’t agree on all the issues, at least respects women enough to take them seriously.

    Whether we have a D, R or an “i for independent” after our names, women share a different life experience from men, and we bring that difference to the choices we make and the decisions we come to. Having a woman in the White House, and not as The Spouse, is a change whose time has come, despite the fact that some Democratic Party leaders have decided otherwise. But with the Palin nomination, maybe they’ll realize it’s not up to them any longer.

    Clinton voters, in particular, have received a political wake-up call they never expected. Having watched their candidate and their principles betrayed by the very people who are supposed to be the flame-holders for equal rights and fairness, they now look across the aisle and see a woman who represents everything the feminist movement claimed it stood for. Women can have a family and a career. We can be whatever we choose, on our own terms. For some, that might mean shooting a moose. For others, perhaps it’s about shooting a movie or shooting for a career as a teacher. However diverse our passions, we will vote for a system that allows us to make the choices that best suit us. It’s that simple.

    The rank bullying of the Clinton candidacy during the primary season has the distinction of simply being the first revelation of how misogynistic the party has become. The media led the assault, then the Obama campaign continued it. Trailblazer Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first Democratic vice presidential candidate, was so taken aback by the attacks that she publicly decried nominee Barack Obama as “terribly sexist” and openly criticized party chairman Howard Dean for his remarkable silence on the obvious sexism.

    Concerned feminists noted, among other thinly veiled sexist remarks during the campaign, Obama quipping, “I understand that Sen. Clinton, periodically when she’s feeling down, launches attacks as a way of trying to boost her appeal,” and Democratic Rep. Steve Cohen in a television interview comparing Clinton to a spurned lover-turned-stalker in the film, “Fatal Attraction,” noting, “Glenn Close should have stayed in that tub, and Sen. Clinton has had a remarkable career…”. These attitudes, and more, define the tenor of the party leadership, and sent a message to the grassroots and media that it was “Bros Before Hoes,” to quote a popular Obama-supporter T-shirt.

    The campaign’s chauvinistic attitude was reflected in the even more condescending Democratic National Convention. There, the Obama camp made it clear it thought a Super Special Women’s Night would be enough to quell the fervent support of the woman who had virtually tied him with votes and was on his heels with pledged delegates.

    There was a lot of pandering and lip service to women’s rights, and evenings filled with anecdotes of how so many have been kept from achieving their dreams, or failed to be promoted, simply because they were women. Clinton’s “18 million cracks in the glass ceiling” were mentioned a heck of a lot. More people began to wonder, though, how many cracks does it take to break the thing?

    Ironically, all this at an event that was negotiated and twisted at every turn in an astounding effort not to promote a woman.

    Virtually moments after the GOP announcement of Palin for vice president, pundits on both sides of the aisle began to wonder if Clinton supporters – pro-choice women and gays to be specific – would be attracted to the McCain-Palin ticket. The answer is, of course. There is a point where all of our issues, including abortion rights, are made safer not only if the people we vote for agree with us – but when those people and our society embrace a respect for women and promote policies that increase our personal wealth, power and political influence.

    Make no mistake – the Democratic Party and its nominee have created the powerhouse that is Sarah Palin, and the party’s increased attacks on her (and even on her daughter) reflect that panic.

    The party has moved from taking the female vote for granted to outright contempt for women. That’s why Palin represents the most serious conservative threat ever to the modern liberal claim on issues of cultural and social superiority. Why? Because men and women who never before would have considered voting for a Republican have either decided, or are seriously considering, doing so.

    They are deciding women’s rights must be more than a slogan and actually belong to every woman, not just the sort approved of by left-wing special interest groups.

    Palin’s candidacy brings both figurative and literal feminist change. The simple act of thinking outside the liberal box, which has insisted for generations that only liberals and Democrats can be trusted on issues of import to women, is the political equivalent of a nuclear explosion.

    The idea of feminists willing to look to the right changes not only electoral politics, but will put more women in power at lightning speed as we move from being taken for granted to being pursued, nominated and appointed and ultimately, sworn in.

    It should be no surprise that the Democratic response to the McCain-Palin ticket was to immediately attack by playing the liberal trump card that keeps Democrats in line – the abortion card – where the party daily tells restless feminists the other side is going to police their wombs.

    The power of that accusation is interesting, coming from the Democrats – a group that just told the world that if you have ovaries, then you don’t count.

    Yes, both McCain and Palin identify as anti-abortion, but neither has led a political life with that belief, or their other religious principles, as their signature issue. Politicians act on their passions – the passion of McCain and Palin is reform. In her time in office, Palin’s focus has not been to kick the gays and make abortion illegal; it has been to kick the corrupt and make wasteful spending illegal. The Republicans are now making direct appeals to Clinton supporters, knowingly crafting a political base that would include pro-choice voters.

    On the day McCain announced her selection as his running mate, Palin thanked Clinton and Ferraro for blazing her trail. A day later, Ferraro noted her shock at Palin’s comment. You see, none of her peers, no one, had ever publicly thanked her in the 24 years since her historic run for the White House. Ferraro has since refused to divulge for whom she’s voting. Many more now are realizing that it does indeed take a woman – who happens to be a Republican named Sarah Palin.

    Tammy Bruce is the author of “The New American Revolution” (HarperCollins, 2005) and a Fox News political contributor. She is a former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women. A registered Democrat her entire adult life until February, she now is registered as a decline-to-state voter.
    This article first appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle.

  • avwrobel

    Great piece Amy!! It takes just this kind of constant push-back to make an impact. Its the only way the truth about Obambi’s campaign fraud will get out to the public’s eyes and ears.

  • NoTrollZone

    I am glad you provided a link to the Gloria Steinem piece. From the brooha surrounding it, I wondered if Gloria had fallen from grace.
    No, Gloria hasn’t fallen from grace (thank the powers that be). She is still brilliant, insightful and smarter than most everybody else on the planet.

    Her only problem is that she thinks Barack Obama
    is anything other than rat poop. She should turn her brilliant mind on him and take him apart and put the pieces on the curb for the trash collectors to come and take away.

    Gloria, if anyone could sway me to vote differently, it could be you. Now with you laying out every
    failing of Palin (and there are some that make me want to grab a fly swatter and hit her but good),
    I still vote McCain.

    Yes Palin is a horse’s patoot. And I personally wish every “sport” hunter would have their rifle explode in their face (on this I go a bit farther than Gloria), but Obama is at best completely hollow and at best-guess a danger to our country and the world.

    Gloria, I look forward to sending Palin’s ass limping back to Alaska come 2012, but for now
    I’m voting as hard as I can against Obama.

  • Here’s why I think Obamabots have become so cultish.

    They have spent the last 8 years forging a righteous identity that they are against the evil Bush/Cheney. This is what makes them feel good about themselves. This is their religion. (Note: Most Obamabots are not particularly religious people.) As with any fundamentalist group, they are closed to hearing other opinions, because other opinions shake up their worldview, which is what gives them their feeling of worth and superiority in life.

    Rabid Obamabots are no better than rabid fundamentalist Christians or Muslims. They ascribe to a particular set of dogmatic beliefs that make them feel they are God’s (or Obama’s) chosen ones.

    This is why they cannot understand someone who disagrees with them. To try to understand would be to let go of the identity that makes them who they are.

    My tactic (though I don’t know if it will be successful) is to simply ask: So, how has your life personally gotten considerably worse in the 8 years Bush has been in office? I do know a few people voting for Obama who are not Obamabots but who really believe that McCain is going to destroy the country because Bush has already done so. If you get them to sit down and think long and hard about it, they may realize that Bush hasn’t destroyed anything, and that a lot of the problems we have are caused by both parties.

    • noproblama

      The problem is, eight years ago most of his followers were still living with their parents and watching cartoons.

      Oh wait, nothing has changed.

    • zozosmom

      When you ask them how their lives have gotten worse, they immediately start talking about soldiers who died and families who struggle and people who lost jobs– but it’s funny because they never actually know any of these people personally. If they can name names, it’s always “my secretary’s nephew was killed in Iraq” — “my doorman’s cousin was deported” — “I heard a story on NPR about a lady who went bankrupt because she didn’t have insurance” etc. etc. They consider themselves the mouthpiece for the great unwashed– the standard bearers for the people who clean their houses and take care of their children and wash their Volvos and pick up their garbage. And they see absolutely no irony in any of it.

  • hmmmmmmm

    The media is quick to forgive Barack of his freudian slips as in His Muslim Faith slip on THIs Week with George. I do hope when someone on the other side makes a freudian slip and called him Osama, they are easily forgiven too.

    • Ferd McBerfle

      LMAO but it won’t happen in a million years. The banshees would whine so loudly, holes would instantly appear in solid wood.

  • peep

    ballots come out after 9-30 in Ohio….so not much time left for Obama to re rally ……and the I am the victim cause I’m different is no longer the gift that keeps on giving….