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Democratic State Chair: McCain had chosen a running mate whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion…

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2008


South Carolina Democratic chairwoman Carol Fowler sharply attacked Sarah Palin today, saying John McCain had chosen a running mate “whose primary qualification seems to be that she hasn’t had an abortion.”

Told of McCain’s boost in the new ABC/Washington Post among white women following the Palin pick, Fowler said: “Just anecdotally, I believe that those white women are Republican women anyway.”

My prediction, that Democrats would send out women to start launching these attacks is proving more and more true every day. Now you know how Hillary supporters felt when his campaign was pulling this kind of nonsense on her.

UPDATE from Politico:

Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan – “There’s no way you can dress up that record, even with a lot of lipstick”

Obama – “You can put lipstick on a pig and it’s still a pig”

Michelle Obama Chief of Staff – “she’s the queen of pork in Alaska”

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, as part of his endorsement of Obama, said Palin “scares the hell out of me.”

Obama – “moose shooter”

Huffington Post (top five Democrat site) – “On the stump, not a single word that comes out of her mouth — or not a single word that the McCain folks put in her mouth — is anything but a lie”


Obama says he wasn’t talking about Palin with the pig comment.

Our take: After Palin’s famous line about hockey moms, pit-bulls and lipstick, it is hard to imagine that a master orator like Obama would be so inartful. Obama paused and said it with emphasis as you can see in the video and the crowd erupted as they obviously took it as a shot at Palin. They point out that McCain has used that term “lipstick on a pig” to describe bloated government spending. If Obama is innocent, its a big time gaffe that unfortunately coincides with sexist attacks from other members of his campaign, left wing pundits and the elite media. There are also the attacks from his campaign calling Palin a Pork Queen etc when it comes to federal earmark spending when Palin took efforts to tighten up and reduce such earmarks and we have posted that evidence on this very site.

Bottom line: The timing of Obama’s comment and similar comments by his surrogates make it hard to believe and after the Obama campaign totally took McCain’s message out of context to the stratosphere by claiming McCain wants a 100 year war in Iraq, We can’t say that we blame the McCain camp for their reaction.

UPDATE II: Just now on The Fox Report with Shepard Smith the former Democrat Chair of South Carolina, Dick Harpootlian, made a crack about McCain being 72. Shep Smith interjected and asked Is that an age crack!?!…and he said no of course not… and then said again McCain is a 72 year old man running for the presidency and then he repeated saying “72” three times.

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OPEC Lowers Production to Raise the Price of Crude Oil (and your gas prices)

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2008

OPEC – the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. It includes most of the world’s oil exporting countries; Algeria, Angola, Ecuador, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Venezuela.

Today OPEC announced that the price of oil is at risk of falling below $100.00 a barrel so they are cutting back production to get the price up and make you pay more. That oil costs them between 2-4 dollars a barrel to pump.

What does Luke Puckett, candidate for Congress in our district have to say about this?

Just recently Luke wrote this column about the issue and we suggest that everyone read it.

The video’s are fun to watch :-)

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More Hillary Backers Come to Defense of Palin

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2008

Jonathan Martin at Politico has a short column about WomenCount – a feminist group that supports Hillary Clinton and has been intellectually honest enough to defend Sarah Palin from the elite media and Obama campaign’s unacceptable sexist attacks on Palin.

Our take: These aren’t the first Hillary backers to do so, but intellectual honesty should be praised where ever it is found.

Politico often gets it wrong, but don’t worry we fact checked this one. It’s true.


Hillary backers come to defense of PalinThe leaders of a women’s political organization that launched earlier this year to support Hillary Clinton are speaking out against what they say are examples of media sexism toward Sarah Palin and urging members to tell the press corps “to back off.”

WomenCount, a group co-founded by top Hillary fundraiser Susie Tompkins Buell, posted a lengthy item on their blog decrying questions over whether Palin can, as a mother of five, juggle her family responsibilities and still be vice president.

“The very notion that Sarah Palin should not have accepted this nomination because she is a mother with demanding challenges underscores just how far we have to go,” wrote Rosemary Camposano, the group’s communications director.

She added: “It will be good for America to watch Sarah Palin on the campaign trail – bouncing from parenting to politics. That’s how most women function – multi-tasking, leaning on friends and family, and waking up each morning and doing it all again.”

Here is a video from one very ticked former Hillary supporter. It’s called “Too Late To Apologize”.

Our Take: Is the video maybe a tad unfair, maybe. Does it express how many Hillary voters feel about how sexism was used in the campaign against Hillary, definitely. Don’t forget Hillary voters that Bill Clinton was using the thinly veiled race card against Obama towards the end of the primary, but in fairness we think it was in response to the sexism stuff. The Democratic Party elite is so mired in identity politics that it is hard for them to avoid this kinda stuff; as we have seen with the Palin attacks and attacks on McCain’s age.

The video expresses concerns about how it’s too late for Obama to apologize for all of the radical or seedy characters who were instrumental in launching and carrying his political career, to which he is still trying to distance himself, but the documentation is so overwhelming and part of that documentation comes from his own memiors and his paper work from the University of Chicago where he worked. Obama was not honest about these being “tangential relationships” as he claimed on O’Reilly. 

If the McCain camp has a lick of brains (and they have proven that they do), they will let Obama keep saying this and than start lowering the boom with the readily available evidence about three weeks before the election.

McCain had a relationship with Charles Keating of influence peddling and bank fraud fame. When McCain realized what Keating was up to and when he realized that keating was trying to use him and manipulate him, did McCain deny the relationship or try to distance hmself from it? No. McCain apologized and then turned on keating like a rabid dog. Bob Bennet, the Democrats lawyer in the Keating investigation, known affectionately among the Democrat power elite as “Uncle Bob”, has repeatedly said that McCain never acted unethically. That is how you handle a bad association and an error in judgement.

Republican and Democrat regular voters do have one thing in common, we are tired of being lied to.

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Michelle Malkin Knows Something About Racism and Sexism & Calls Out the Media On Sexist Attacks Against Palin

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2008


Michelle Malkin *Click to enlarge.

Michelle Malkin *Click to enlarge.

What can we say. Malkin is smart, successful, scrappy, charming, and a relentless worker.

Malkin has a column about the media double standards when it comes to sexism and this campaign. But before we continue I would like to give you a sample of what Malkin has had to deal with as a minority female writer.


Here is one of the safer examples and I still had to clean it up:

Hi Self hating flat nosed Filipino B**ch! As we used to refer to your kind – little brown F**k*ng Machines. Looks like this little LBFM learned to wh*re in a different way to make some pesos. How sweet.

Surely you are a big put-on. Did some minor Republican operative purchase a mail-order bride and train her to do this?

If you can tolerate it – some more examples are HERE, HERE & HERE. You have been warned.

Today Malkin takes off the gloves in her column. She outs the working mom’s who have families with special challenges in the elite media and takes them to task for their silence:

Last Friday, Howard Gutman, a member of the Obama campaign’s National Finance Committee, attacked Sarah Palin’s ability to be a good parent and have a high-powered public life at the same time. In a finger-wagging appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio show, Obama’s operative scolded the Republican mother of five children for not putting her professional career on hold.

[for audio and our take of Howard Gutman’s comments click HERE afteryou have read Malkin’s column in full]

“Your responsibility is to put your family first,” Gutman lectured as he singled out Palin’s Down Syndrome baby and pregnant teenage daughter. “The proper attack is not that a woman shouldn’t run for vice president with five kids, it’s that a parent, when they have a family in need…” should get out of the public sphere and stay home.

The Gutman standard has now been proffered by countless Obama hacks and water-carrying commentators. Damningly, it’s high-powered working mothers in the journalism business who are helping to broadcast the anti-Palin slams or doing nothing to defend her.

How would Katie Couriclike the Gutman standard applied to her? Her husband died at 42 when her daughters were 6 and 2 years old. With two young children devastated by the loss of a father, she opted not to quit journalism. She anchored NBC’s “Today Show” through his illness and death, continued working an intensive, time-consuming schedule as one of America’s most visible broadcast journalists while a single mother with two fatherless children at home, and then jumped to CBS News, where she maintains a rigorous on-air schedule, travel plans and an off-air social calendar. Where are the finger-waggers?

How about CNN’s Soldedad O’Brien? She’s been working overtime covering the presidential campaign season, anchoring daily coverage and nighttime conventions, and producing documentaries that require large chunks of time away from home. Disney’s Family Parenting website lauds her as “a modern mom balancing a thriving career as one of America’s top news anchors along with her four children” – two daughters now ages 7 and 6 and twin boys who are 4. Where are the Palin-bashers to lambaste O’Brien’s professional pursuits?

Also at CNN, Campbell Brown flew to Las Vegas last year to moderate a political debate while 8 and a half months pregnant. Fox News host and left-wing blogger Alan Colmes, last seen questioning Palin’s commitment to prenatal care because she worked and traveled late in her pregnancy, had no comment. When Brown initially left The Today Show in 2007, she said she was stepping down to devote more time to family and baby. She immediately turned around and jumped ship to CNN, where she has anchored wall-to-wall CNN Election Center coverage and will launch a new nightly show in November.

At NBC, famous balancer of work and motherhood Meredith Viera replaced Couric on The Today Show. She has three children at home and a husband who has battled multiple sclerosis and two bouts of colon cancer. By the Gutman standard, Viera should have left the business years ago to tend to her family in need.

Malkin Continues:

I don’t challenge the commitment these fellow working mothers in the media have to their home lives. What I challenge is their silence and complicity as the Palin-bashers impose a “Family First” double standard on conservatives.

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Palin, Obama, Biden & Earmarks…but whose name is missing???

Posted by iusbvision on September 10, 2008

We have put the Obama Campaign’s lies about Palin when it comes to earmarmaks and the “bridge to nowhere” away HEREHERE & HERE.

Lie is not a word I like to use and I try to avoid it, unless it is unavoidable.

Today Senator Jim DeMint had a column in the Wall Street Journal. He points out as we did, that the Alaska Democratic Party gave Palin credit for being fiscally responsible and for killing the bridge project when the revised estimates for ythe project pushed the price into the stratosphere.

Here is an excerpt:

Mrs. Palin used her veto pen to slash more local projects than any other governor in the state’s history. She cut nearly 10% of Alaska’s budget this year, saving state residents $268 million. This included vetoing a $30,000 van for Campfire USA and $200,000 for a tennis court irrigation system. She succinctly justified these cuts by saying they were “not a state responsibility.”

Meanwhile in Washington, Mr. Obama voted for numerous wasteful earmarks last year, including: $12 million for bicycle paths, $450,000 for the International Peace Museum, $500,000 for a baseball stadium and $392,000 for a visitor’s center in Louisiana.

Mrs. Palin cut Alaska’s federal earmark requests in half last year, one of the strongest moves against earmarks by any governor. It took real leadership to buck Alaska’s decades-long earmark addiction.

Of course McCain’s name is missing. McCain doesn’t request any earmarks as he has always opposed this system of spending because it is too easily abused.

Keep in mind that Biden and Obama voted for all of them, but it gets better…They also have nothing to say about Obama’s $935.7 million in earmarks he spent including $1 million for the hospital his wife works at. If Palin had gotten a $1 million earmark for her husband, would we ever hear the end of it from the elite media and the smear outfits like HuffPost and DailyKOS and Alan Colmes?

Illinois has another Senator, Dick Durbin, who rakes up $350 million in earmarks a year.

And here they are attacking Sarah Palin who used the power of the line item veto to cut earmarks in Alaska in HALF. This is exactly the message Palin delivered in a March 5th newspaper column HERE. Click and learn. Here is an excerpt:

I recognize that Congress, which exercises the power of the purse, has the constitutional responsibility to put its mark on the federal budget, including adding funds that the president has not proposed.

Accordingly, my administration has recommended funding for specific projects and programs when there is an important federal purpose and strong citizen support.

This year, we have requested 31 earmarks, down from 54 in 2007. Of these, 27 involve continuing or previous appropriations and four are new requests. The total dollar amount of these requests has been reduced from approximately $550 million in the previous year to just less than $200 million.

Of course, Senate Democrats opposed the House Republican’s attempt to get earmark reform anyways… and they paint HER as the abuser….

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