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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Poll update: Obama ahead in key states, close in Indiana

(CNN) — New CNN polls of polls in key battleground states suggest Barack Obama holds significant advantages in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, while John McCain is only up 2 points in Indiana — a state that hasn't voted Democrat in 44 years.

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Poll update: Obama ahead in key states, close in Indiana

(CNN) — New CNN polls of polls in key battleground states suggest Barack Obama holds significant advantages in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, while John McCain is only up 2 points in Indiana — a state that hasn't voted Democrat in 44 years.

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Poll update: Obama ahead in key states, close in Indiana

(CNN) — New CNN polls of polls in key battleground states suggest Barack Obama holds significant advantages in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, while John McCain is only up 2 points in Indiana — a state that hasn't voted Democrat in 44 years.

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Poll update: Obama ahead in key states, close in Indiana

(CNN) — New CNN polls of polls in key battleground states suggest Barack Obama holds significant advantages in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire, while John McCain is only up 2 points in Indiana — a state that hasn't voted Democrat in 44 years.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Alaska's largest newspaper endorses Obama (AP)

McCain's poor judgment, erratic behavior--plus Palin's unreadiness means that smart and steady Barack Obama is the best person to be President.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Palin a diva? Nooooo.

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (CNN) – With 10 days to go until election day, long brewing tension between Sarah Palin and key aides to John McCain has become so intense, it is spilling out into the public.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nicolas Cage Gets Medieval, National Treasure III (finally) gets the green light

Nicolas Cage on the set of Knowing
while filming in in Australia

Galloping Into Theaters: Nicolas Cage will once again work with Gone in Sixty Seconds director Dominic Sena in Relativity Media's Season of the Witch. Story follows a fourteenth-century knight who must escort on horseback a girl suspected of being "the witch behind the Black Plague" to a distant monastery. The action-loving Sena was presumably hesitant until Cage convinced him that he "could put in some bitchin' horse chases." [HR]

National Treasure 3 is Officially a Go

Written by Stephanie Sanchez

It was certainly an all Disney, all the time kind of day here at IESB. The studios' preview and showcase of upcoming films was full of a lot of good information and surprises.

One surprise had producer Jerry Bruckheimer and actor Nicolas Cage on stage to talk about their favorite Disney franchise, “National Treasure.”
Jerry Bruckheimer, Nicolas Cage and Disney's Dick Cook confirmed that National Treasure 3 was currently in development.

Another installment of the popular history based franchise was expected but had not been officially announced.

No release date was given but rumors have it out during the holiday season of 2010.

Information gathered from Cagefactor, a group of individuals dedicated to the fannery of Nicolas Cage.Thanks Colleen!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Celebrate in Grant Park in Chicago Election Night Nov. 4

WASHINGTON--Barack Obama will celebrate election night in Chicago's Grant Park---providing scenic backdrops of the city--and near where demonstrators gathered during the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago.

The Grant Park location is down the street from Obama's national campaign headquarters on Michigan Avenue.

Obama Campaign Announces Location for Election Night Event

CHICAGO - The Obama-Biden campaign today announced that the location for the Election Night event on Tuesday, November 4 will be Chicago's Grant Park on Hutchinson Field.

Grant Park is regularly used as an open-air venue for concerts, charity events and sporting activities such as the Chicago Marathon and Taste of Chicago.
Additional details will be announced as they become available.
This message is courtesy of Chicago Sun-Times and columnist Lynn Sweet

Find out how to take your autistic child to the library without incident

For more information about this project and to receive a free "Libraries and Autism: We're Connected" decal for your library, please contact the libraries at autism@thejointlibrary.org.

SCOTCH PLAINS, N.J., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Scotch Plains Public Library (NJ) and the Fanwood Memorial Library (NJ) produced a customer service training video to help library staff serve individuals with autism and their families more effectively. The video focuses on what you need to know about autism spectrum disorder and empowers the viewer with specific techniques to offer more inclusive and comprehensive customer service when interacting with this growing and underserved population. Nationally, autism affects one in every 150 individuals, and in New Jersey, as many as one in ninety-four.
As suggested in the video, the two libraries provided additional in-depth training to their combined staff as well as to local school media specialists. The session was conducted by representatives from our project partners: Dr. Linda Meyer, Executive Director of COSAC, The NJ Center for Outreach and Services for the Autism Community; Dr. Jill Harris, Director of Psychology and Coordinator of The Autism Center of Excellence at Children's Specialized Hospital; and Adrienne Robertiello, Founder of Community Partnership for People with Autism.

Friday, October 17, 2008

My captain, my captain: They want you dead

ROME - Police in Italy are looking into reports that the Naples mafia plans to carry out its threat to kill the author of the best-selling book "Gomorra," which has been made into a hit movie about mafia brutality, by Christmas.

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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Leslie Live!

Secret Service looking into Obama threat at rally (AP)

AP - The Secret Service is looking into a second allegation that a participant at a Republican political rally shouted "kill him," referring to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Vote and be heard!

Gary woman creates domestic violence database

Indiana domestic abuse database aims to savepost-trib.com1 min ago - A Gary, Indiana woman has compiled the names of convicted domestic abusers into a searchable database at theweakervessel.org, in hopes of keeping other victims from experiencing the nightmare.

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Palin's unethical behaivor should stunt negative GOP campaign

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A legislative committee investigating Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has found she abused her authority in firing the state's public safety commissioner, which is against Alaska state law. Early Friday, campaign officials tried to spin the debacle, playing the blame game.
Who will they blame now? Is Palin a GOP liability?
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A Buckley endorses Barack Obama

(CNN) — No, hell has not frozen over, but a Buckley is backing a Democrat for president.
Christopher Buckley, the son of the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, said Friday he's decided to back Barack Obama's White House bid, the first time in his life he will vote Democrat.
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Obama opens 5-point lead on McCain

By John Whitesides, Political Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack Obama has opened a 5-point lead over Republican rival John McCain in the White House race and expanded his support among women voters, according to a Reuters/C-SPAN/Z...

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

I'm on CNN!

Barack Obama buying network airtime

(CNN) – Barack Obama is buying 30 minutes of airtime on the major television networks just days before the presidential election, the Obama campaign confirms.
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Real help for real people II

County in Illinois is suspending foreclosure evictions

"These mortgage companies only see pieces of paper, not people, and don't care who's in the building," the sheriff said. "They simply want their money and don't care who gets hurt along the way ... On top of it all, they want taxpayers to fund their investigative work for them. We're not going to do their jobs for them anymore... It stops today."

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Why are parents permanently dropping-off their kids in Nebraska?

New NE law for safe haven ends up being used for frustrated parents to legally abandon their teenagers.Do you see what I mean when I say that it is important to have legal-minded people crafting laws in this nation? It is hard enough for them to do it!However, that is besides the point here. Maybe someone should examine why frustrated parents of teens are so willing to give away their children.Seriously. The point isn't that the law is intended to only protect infants. The point that children who are old enough to know they are being abandoned are just that. What is going on with America's parents? Who can help them without said parents being jailed?

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CNN: Fact check on employer-provided health benefits on point

The Statement
At a presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Nashville, Tennessee, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama criticized the health-care plan of Republican opponent Sen. John McCain. "In fact, just today, business organizations like the United States Chamber of Commerce, which generally are pretty supportive of Republicans, said that this would lead to the unraveling of the employer-based health care system," Obama said.
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Barack Obama speaks to Indianapolis--prepared text

*"Best Comment Ever!" found on CNN.com by "Chris" October 8th, 2008 12:51 pm ET
"I hope Indiana turns blue this year…or at least Obama challenges enough that McCain has to use up more resources there…"

Remarks of Senator Barack Obama—as prepared for delivery

Indianapolis, Indiana

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

We meet today at a moment of great uncertainty for America. Yesterday, we saw another significant drop in the stock market as the anxiety about this financial crisis grew worse. Overnight, the same thing happened with markets around the world. And this morning, the Federal Reserve took swift action together with other nations to stem what is now a full-blown global financial crisis. I support that action, as I’ve said before that this is a global problem and it needs to be solved through a global effort. I hope this global response continues as leaders of major financial institutions and representatives from nations around the world gather in Washington soon.

We are facing a very serious challenge, and all of us – all of us – have a stake in its solution. Because the credit markets are frozen right now, there’s a ripple effect throughout our economy. Businesses large and small are finding it impossible to get loans, which means they can’t buy new equipment or make payroll. Auto plants that have been around for decades are closing their doors and laying off workers who’ve never known another job in their entire life. And we have already lost three-quarters of a million jobs just this year.

Here in Indianapolis and all across America, you’re seeing your hours get cut or realizing that you can’t pay every bill that’s sitting on the kitchen counter. It’s harder to make the mortgage or fill up your gas tank and some people don’t even know whether they’ll be able to keep the electricity on at the end of the month. The money you’ve been putting away for your retirement or your kids’ college education is disappearing faster than you can count. The dream that so many generations have fought for feels like it’s slowly slipping away.

But I’m here today to tell you that there are better days ahead. I know these are tough times. I know that many of you are anxious about the future. But this isn’t a time for fear or panic. This is a time for resolve and leadership. I know that we can steer ourselves out of this crisis. Because that’s who we are. Because this is the United States of America. This is a nation that has faced down war and depression; great challenges and great threats. And at each and every moment, we have risen to meet these challenges – not as Democrats, not as Republicans, but as Americans. With resolve. With confidence. With that fundamental belief that here in America, our destiny is not written for us, but by us. That’s who we are, and that’s the country we need to be right now.

America still has the most talented, most productive workers of any country on Earth who work two jobs or three jobs and take the last bus home at night because they want something more for their children. We’re still the home to innovation and technology, colleges and universities that are the envy of the world. Some of the biggest ideas in history have come from our small businesses and our research facilities. It won’t be easy, but there’s no reason we can’t steer ourselves out of this crisis and make this century another American century. Of course we can.

But I also know this. It will take a new direction. It will take new leadership in Washington. It will take a real change in the policies and politics of the last eight years.

And that’s why the decision you make in twenty-seven days is so important. That’s why this is no ordinary election – because this is no ordinary moment for America.

In last night’s debate, John McCain and I each had the chance to make the case for change – to talk about what we would do differently from the last eight years when it comes to lifting our middle-class, growing our economy, and restoring our prosperity. But all we heard from Senator McCain was more of the same Bush economics that led us to this point.

Take health care. We were both asked whether we believed that health care should finally be the right of every American. I believe it should. But Senator McCain didn’t say that. And when you look at his radical health care plan, you can see why.

He talks about giving every family a $5,000 credit to buy health care, but he didn’t mention last night that he’ll also tax your benefits for the first time in history. It’s an old Washington bait and switch. He gives you a tax credit with one hand, but raises your taxes with the other. And he didn’t mention that the average health care plan costs $12,000 in the first place.

Senator McCain didn’t tell us about the studies that say his plan would cause 20 million Americans to lose their health insurance, or how the Chamber of Commerce said it would be a disaster for businesses, or how it would de-regulate the insurance industry so that they don’t have to cover things like mammograms, or vaccinations, or maternity care. He thinks we won’t notice these things.

Well, I’ve got news for John McCain: we notice, we know better, and we’re not going to let him get away with it.

This issue is personal for me. My mother died of ovarian cancer at the age of 53, and I’ll never forget how she spent the final months of her life lying in a hospital bed, fighting with her insurance company because they claimed that her cancer was a pre-existing condition and didn’t want to pay for treatment. If I am President, I will make sure those insurance companies can never do that again.

My health care plan will ensure that insurance companies can’t discriminate against those who are sick and need care most. If you have health insurance, the only thing that will change under my plan is the amount you pay in premiums. That will be less. And if you don’t have health insurance, you’ll be able to get the same kind of health insurance that Members of Congress get for themselves. We’ll invest in preventative care and new technology to finally lower the cost of health care for families, businesses, and the entire economy. That’s the change we need, and that’s the choice you face in this election.

Even as so many Americans are worried about their medical bills or keeping their jobs or staying in their homes, Senator McCain’s campaign announced last week that they plan to “turn the page” on the discussion about our economy and spend the final weeks of this election attacking me instead. His campaign actually said, and I quote, “if we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

Well I’ve got news for John McCain. This isn’t about losing a campaign – this is about Americans who are losing their jobs, and their homes, and their life savings. I can take four more weeks of John McCain’s attacks, but America can’t take four more years of John McCain’s George Bush policies. We can’t afford four more years of the economic theory that says we should give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. We can’t afford more four years of John McCain’s call for less regulation so that no one in Washington is watching anyone on Wall Street. We’ve seen where that’s led us and we’re not going back.

It is time to turn the page on eight years of economic policies that put Wall Street before Main Street but ended up hurting both. We need policies that grow our economy from the bottom-up, so that every American, everywhere has the chance to get ahead. Not just corporate CEOs, but their secretaries too. Not just the person who owns the factory, but the men and women who work on its floor. Because if we’ve learned anything from this economic crisis, it’s that we’re all connected; we’re all in this together; and we will rise or fall as one nation – as one people.

The rescue plan that passed Congress last week isn’t the end of what we’ll do to strengthen this economy, it’s only the beginning. Now we need to pass a rescue plan for the middle-class that will provide every family immediate relief to cope with rising food and gas prices, save one million jobs by rebuilding our schools and roads, and help states and cities avoid budget cuts and tax increases. And we should extend expiring unemployment benefits to those Americans who’ve lost their jobs and can’t find new ones. I’ve been fighting for this plan for months. My opponent has said nothing. And that is the choice in this election.

You’ve heard a lot about taxes in this campaign. Well here’s the truth – John McCain and I are both offering tax cuts. The difference is, he wants to give the average Fortune 500 CEO a $700,000 tax cut but nothing at all to over 100 million Americans.

I’ll give a middle-class tax cut to 95% of all workers. And if you make less than $250,000 a year, you won’t see your taxes increase one single dime – not your payroll taxes, not your income taxes, not your capital gains taxes – nothing. Because in an economy like this, the last thing we should do is raise taxes on the middle-class.

My opponent wants to give $200 million in tax cuts to the biggest corporations in America. I will eliminate capital gains taxes for the small businesses and the start-ups that will create the high-wage, high-tech jobs of tomorrow.

John McCain wants to give tax breaks to the corporations that ship our jobs overseas. If I am President, I will end those tax breaks and give them to companies that create good jobs in the United States of America. That is the choice in this election.

Senator McCain’s first reaction to this economic crisis was to say that “the fundamentals of our economy are strong.” Well I don’t know about you, but where I come from there’s nothing more fundamental than a job – not just because it provides a paycheck, because it provides a sense of dignity. And if we want to turn this economy around and lead the world in the 21st century, we have to create the high-wage jobs of tomorrow right here in America.

If I am President, I will invest $15 billion a year in renewable sources of energy to create five million new, green jobs over the next decade – jobs that pay well and can’t be outsourced; jobs building solar panels and wind turbines and fuel-efficient cars; jobs that will help us end our dependence on oil from Middle East dictators.

I’ll also put two million more Americans to work rebuilding our crumbling roads, schools, and bridges – because it is time to build an American infrastructure for the 21st century.

And we’ll give every child, everywhere the skills and the knowledge they need to compete with any worker, anywhere in the world. I will not allow countries to out-teach us today so they can out-compete us tomorrow. It is time to provide every American with a world-class education. That means investing in early childhood education. That means recruiting an army of new teachers, and paying them better, and giving them more support in exchange for higher standards and more accountability. And it means making a deal with every American who has the drive and the will but not the money to go to college: if you commit to serving your country after you graduate, we will make sure you can afford your tuition. You invest in America, America will invest in you, and together we will move this country forward.

Finally, I will take on the corruption in Washington and on Wall Street to make sure a crisis like this can never, ever happen again. I’ll put in place the common-sense regulations and rules of the road I’ve been calling for since March – rules that will keep our market free, fair, and honest; rules that will restore accountability and responsibility in our corporate boardrooms.

And just as we demand accountability on Wall Street, I will also demand it in Washington. That’s why I’m not going to stand here and simply tell you what I’m going to spend, I’m going to tell you how we’re going to save when I am President.

I’ll do what you do in your own family budgets and make sure we’re spending money wisely. I will go through the entire federal budget, page by page, line by line, and eliminate programs that don’t work and aren’t needed. We’ll start by ending a war in Iraq that’s costing $10 billion a month while the Iraqi government sits on a $79 billion surplus. And we’ll save billions more by cutting waste, improving management, and strengthening oversight.

These are the changes and reforms we need. A new era of responsibility and accountability on Wall Street and in Washington. Common-sense regulations to prevent a crisis like this from ever happening again. Investments in the technology and innovation that will restore prosperity and lead to new jobs and a new economy for the 21st century. Bottom-up growth that gives every American a fair shot at the American dream.

I won’t pretend this will be easy or come without cost. We will all need to sacrifice and we will all need to pull our weight because now more than ever, we are all in this together. What this crisis has taught us is that at the end of the day, there is no real separation between Main Street and Wall Street. There is only the road we’re traveling on as Americans – and we will rise or fall on that journey as one nation; as one people.

This country and the dream it represents are being tested in a way that we haven’t seen in nearly a century. And future generations will judge ours by how we respond to this test. Will they say that this was a time when America lost its way and its purpose? When we allowed our own petty differences and broken politics to plunge this country into a dark and painful recession?

Or will they say that this was another one of those moments when America overcame? When we battled back from adversity by recognizing that common stake that we have in each other’s success?

This is one of those moments. I realize you’re cynical and fed up with politics. I understand that you’re disappointed and even angry with your leaders. You have every right to be. But despite all of this, I ask of you what’s been asked of the American people in times of trial and turmoil throughout our history. I ask you to believe – to believe in yourselves, in each other, and in the future we can build together.

Together, we cannot fail. Not now. Not when we have a crisis to solve and an economy to save. Not when there are so many Americans without jobs and without homes. Not when there are families who can’t afford to see a doctor, or send their child to college, or pay their bills at the end of the month. Not when there is a generation that is counting on us to give them the same opportunities and the same chances that we had for ourselves.

We can do this. Americans have done this before. Some of us had grandparents or parents who said maybe I can't go to college but my child can; maybe I can't have my own business but my child can. I may have to rent, but maybe my children will have a home they can call their own. I may not have a lot of money but maybe my child will run for Senate. I might live in a small village but maybe someday my son can be president of the United States of America.

Now it falls to us. Together, we cannot fail. And I need you to make it happen. If you want the next four years looking like the last eight, then I am not your candidate. But if you want real change – if you want an economy that rewards work, and that works for Main Street and Wall Street; if you want tax relief for the middle class and millions of new jobs; if you want health care you can afford and education that helps your kids compete; then I ask you to knock on some doors, make some calls, talk to your neighbors, and give me your vote on November 4th. And if you do, I promise you – we will win Indiana, we will win this election, and then you and I – together – will change this country and change this world. Thank you, God bless you, and may God bless America.


*"Best Comment Ever" is my personal designation to really good comments found on the Web.

Real help for real Americans

Lawmakers steamed over ritzy AIG retreat after bailout

Days after it got a federal bailout, American International Group Inc. spent $440,000 on a posh California retreat for its executives, complete with spa treatments, banquets and golf outings, according to lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Northwest Indiana responds to the 08 election, debate

During errands, I took my camera and asked a few questions

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McCain linked to private group in Iran-Contra case

GOP presidential nominee John McCain has past connections to a private group that supplied aid to guerrillas seeking to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua in the Iran-Contra affair.

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Heirlooms, gold teeth --- desperate people sell it all

Low pay doesn't go very farDavid Goldmacher of Longwood listed his signed Denver Broncos helmet and Pachinko pinball machine to pay for his diabetes, heart and blood-pressure medication and medicine for his wife's injured back. Goldmacher, 42, lost his job as a state corrections officer in June. Although he was recently hired as a bus driver...

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Chinese counterfeit chips causing military hardware crashes

Over the past year, US citizens have become increasingly aware of the substandard consumer-level goods flowing out of China, but new reports indicate that the counterfeit products and dubious quality controls are not confined to the consumer sector.

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Monday, October 6, 2008

Why is McCain always trouncing on the little guy and picking his pocket?

Change is a government that doesn't let deregulated industry take advantage of the people. True that.
Sen. John McCain was involved with the Keating 5 and allows his running mate to accuse Sen. Barack Obama of "palling around with terrorists." A fellow board member and college professor held a coffee/meet and greet for him when he ran for Illinois State Senate. That is what really happened.
It seems McCain was closer to the fire than Obama. Obama was 8 when the Weathermen formed. John McCain was a grown man active in the Senate when he testified about his involvement in the Keating 5 Savings & Loan debacle (sound familiar?). If I were John and Sarah who is--wife to an anti-union, anti-American secessionist--I would keep my mouth shut! (before another skeleton fell out of it!)
Watch the video

Oh, and by the by, it will be a COLD DAY IN HELL before the American people allow McCain to tax their work site-provided health plan. What a lot of nerve. Imagine, you pay out of your check for the plan and then pay a tax in addition to that every time you get a check. Why is taking money out of an employee's check always the way to go for the Republicans? Imagine paying tax on a $12 to $19,000 health care plan. It costs enough just to insure the entire family. Work provided health care plans are expensive to the average person.
Guess what. John McCain wants to open the health care industry to more vigorous competition like his party did with banking. Can you believe this man? He really is out-of-touch.
What money will the everyday worker have to live on? Damn a $5,000 tax credit because that will go to the insurance company to pay on a $12-to-$19,000 individual health care plan. And you still have to pay the premiums. Why are McCain and Palin so eager to take money out of "Joe Six Pack's" paycheck? Don't they know how much he makes? I guess they want only for themselves to have nice things in this life. I guess we can wait or go without. That must be what it is: They think we should go without, while they have taxpayer-provided health care. McCain and Palin must think that they are better than "Joe Six Pack."
I agree with Obama, we can all have health care just as good as he has as a U.S. Senator.
Vote Obama.

Gary Indiana, "ground zero" in '08 election

On Nov. 4, Gary, Ind., could end up as ground zero of the political universe. Indiana was the firewall state in the 2008 Democratic primary season. Hillary Clinton won that battle, but lost the war.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Palin's words may come back to haunt her--and hurt McCain

By claiming that Democrat Barack Obama is "palling around with terrorists" and doesn't see the U.S. like other Americans, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin targeted key goals for a faltering campaign. And though she may have scored a political hit each time, her attack was unsubstantiated and carried a racially tinged subtext that John McCain may come to regret.
"How low can McCain go? He's already lower than snake's belly.
McCain has been playing the race card through the whole campaign; so far it hasn't worked. HRC tried to play the race card, it didn't work for her either. Now that there is no doubt in anybody's mind that the US economy is in the toilet, teetering on the brink of a, gasp, DEPRESSION, most voters want to hear about solutions and not smears and lies.
Unfortunately for McCain (and the rest of us), McCain is running out of room to land his pathetic campaign that he has piloted without a flight plan. And, now he's running out of room to land it and fuel - quickly! I am predicting Mr. '894/899' will crash this one like he's crashed so many other expensive tax payer financed machines before. On the flight deck are all those rethugs running for Congress that are not smart enough to clear the deck. They will get burned. Fuck 'em!" --"Best comment ever!" by dBass 23 minutes ago on Digg.

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p.s. "Best comment ever!" is a designation I made up to highlight some of the web's best commentary on today's news.

GOP found purging thousands of eligible Democratic voters in 19 states

It is normal for states to periodically review lists of voters and remove any who have moved, died, or been convicted of felonies. However, with no national standards to control this process, it has become "chaotic," "riddled with inaccuracies," and "vulnerable to manipulation" for partisan purposes.
"So CBS News has noticed. Where the hell are the Democrats, and why aren't they raising holy hell about all of this stuff everywhere & seem to have no clue that they are in a War on Democracy being waged by their GOP opponents." "Best comment ever!" by Brad Friedman.

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Exclusive First Look: The MILF-of-the-year Porn Flick

Flynt provides Radar with a copy of the script. It uses a Palin look-a-like.

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Look at the background at the "on CNN" tag over my pic!

This proves that the piece was on TV!

Another Freddie Mac Lobbyist Now McCain Staffer

When mortgage giant Freddie Mac feared several years ago that Sen. John McCain was too outspoken on the issue of executive pay, it pinpointed a lobbyist known for his closeness to McCain and hired him to work with the senator

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Gary residents talk about the rescue bill

Residents in Gary, chimed in on the rescue bill, the liquidity crisis and regulating Wall Street.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gary, IN ponders veep picks

Residents of Gary, Indiana chime in on whether or not Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a good choice for rep. vp.
The question was, "what would you ask the dem. or rep.vp if given the chance?"
While it may seem strange that a bunch of residents from a democratic county like Lake, would care to chime in on a republican candidate pick, keep in mind that the president and vice-president positions govern all of America--not just the republican base.
And she's all over the news, every second of the day.
You'll notice how people tend to want a learned person to govern them nowadays.
Read the comments from others i Reporters

Senate bill passes, now comes the House vote

Calls from Sen. Barack Obama to, "step up to the plate," seem to resonate within the Senate

The federal intervention bill passed a Senate vote Wednesday night with a vote of 74-25 with Sens. Obama, Biden, McCain and Lugar (R-IN) in favor of it.
Seventy-four senators have voted to approve the Dodd amendment adding $100 billion. The bill now goes to the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. The amendments were added to sweeten the pot, so to speak, so that Republican and apparently more conservative Democrat congressmen and women would approve the bill.
It was considered a "fine accomplishment for the senate," said the republican leader, Mitch McConnell, (R-KY).
In a web site statement dated September 23, Indiana Senator Evan Byah--once considered for a vice-presidential slot on what is now the Obama/Biden ticket--said he thinks the government should step in during a financial crisis.
“We have to act, but we also have to be willing to take the steps to make sure that this situation does not recur."
U.S. Representative Pete Visclosky (D-Merrillville, IN) said in a statement on his web site that he felt the crisis started with the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act.
"This crisis is not an accident of nature. The stage was set for this crisis with the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, but this crisis is not the result of a single error in policy. It is the direct result of years and years of deliberate and cynical exploitation by the captains of an unregulated industry..." he said.
Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Con.) Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, was thanked at length for his work on the legislation.
He in turn thanked his fellow senators and congressmen--like U.S. Rep. Barney Frank--who chairs the Financial Services Committee and who worked with him to fix the crisis.
"It's the most important thing we can do as a Congress(to restore the country's confidence and give a sense of hope). The economy won't blossom overnight. We have got a many, many difficult months ahead," he said.
Sen. Obama was right: Change is more than a campaign slogan!

Sen. Barack Obama speaks out on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today, I'm proud to add my voice in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For me, the fight against cancer is deeply personal. My mother died of ovarian cancer in the prime of her life. And at a time when she should have been focused on getting well, she was lying in a hospital bed arguing with her insurance company because they refused to cover her treatment.

For millions of Americans, my mother's story is all too familiar. That's why, as President, I will make the fight against cancer an urgent national priority by doubling federal cancer research funding. What's more, I'll enact health care reform that guarantees affordable coverage for every American who wants it, and we'll make sure that insurance companies can no longer discriminate against those who are sick and need care the most. Because screening saves lives, I'll require coverage of essential preventive services like mammograms in all federally supported health plans. And because breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African-American women and Latinas, we'll come together to address the root causes of health disparities by promoting prevention, strengthening public health, and implementing patient navigation programs.

This year, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Millions more will love someone who is. This month, as we rededicate ourselves to finding a cure, we must also dedicate ourselves to making sure that everyone who is diagnosed with cancer gets the care, treatment, and support they need. Now is the time to commit ourselves to waging a war against cancer as aggressive as the war cancer wages against us.

Sen. Barack Obama speaks out on Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Today, I join all Americans in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month. At a time when one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, it's more important than ever that we dedicate ourselves to working on behalf of the thousands of women who suffer in silence.

Too often, victims of domestic violence don't know where to turn, or have no one to turn to. And too often, a victim could be someone you love. That's why, as a State Senator, I led the fight in Illinois to pass one of the strongest employment protection laws in the nation, ensuring that victims of domestic violence could seek shelter or treatment without losing their jobs.That's why I introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide $25 million a year to domestic violence prevention and victim support efforts. That's why I co-sponsored and helped reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. And today, I am so proud to have Senator Joe Biden, the man who wrote that groundbreaking legislation that gave so many women a second chance at life, as my running mate in this campaign.

As President, I'll make these efforts a national priority. This month, and every month, we must fight to bring domestic violence out of the darkness of isolation and into the light of justice, especially for minority and immigrant women, and women in every community where it goes unreported far too often. We'll stop treating this as just a woman's issue, and start recognizing that when a woman is attacked, that abuse scars not only the victim, but her loved ones, sending currents of violence that ripple across our society. We need all hands on deck to address this – neighbors willing to report suspected crimes, families willing to help loved ones seek treatment, and community leaders willing to candidly discuss this issue in public and break the stigma that stops so many women from coming forward. Together, we'll make it clear that no woman ever struggles alone.

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Obama Opens Up Big Leads In PA (+15), FL (+8), and OH (+8)

The latest polling from Quinnipac shows Barack Obama opening-up substantial leads in the swing states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The polls also show Sarah Palin's net approval rating dropping 27, 19, and 16 points, respectively. Is the race finally slipping away from John McCain?

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