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Dawn of the Dead? by American Elephant
October 31, 2008, 1:16 pm
Filed under: Conservatism, Election 2008, Politics, Socialism | Tags: , ,


They don’t eat. They don’t sleep. They don’t think! They have no will of their own. They walk the Earth, in search of brains, with that dazed look in their eye.

You may have noticed I haven’t posted much of late.

Writer’s block.

I simply haven’t been able to figure out what to write. How do you appeal to the reason of those who aren’t reasoning? How do you persuade the unpersuadable? How do you get through to the walking dead?

But of course, you don’t. Obama supporters aren’t going to listen to reason. You can run through his math, and prove that it doesn’t add up. You can play audio of his disdain for the constitution and founding fathers. You can catalogue his shady dealings, radical ties and corrupt connections, or detail his disturbing attempts to prosecute and intimidate critics….

There is no persuading the Obamazombies.

But, I realized, there is a great deal we can do. We don’t need to wake the dead. We can beat them.

The media are working very hard, and very deliberately to convince you the election is over. You’ve probably heard many pundits say as much. “It’s over”, “Obama’s clinched it” — any story they can find to convince you your vote is pointless. They even run reports of a bookie in Ireland who has paid out on bets, conceding that “Obama’s already won”.

They’re doing it very much on purpose.

In 2000, they learned that by calling the election in Florida before polls were closed in the panhandle, they convinced thousands not to bother. They are applying that lesson now, trying to dispirit and depress Republican turnout.

Don’t listen to them. It’s deliberate, pre-meditated propaganda. The polls are close and getting closer. McCain and Palin have struck a chord by pointing out Obama’s redistributionist promises. The all important youth vote? The one’s that are supposed to be most motivated to turn out for “the One”? …John McCain now leads that demographic.

So don’t listen to Obama’s mouthpieces in the MSM. Do NOT be discouraged. Be absolutely sure to vote. Vote early if you can. Call your friends and family and make certain they vote as well. Call up your local McCain campaign, or the campaign offices of your local Representatives or Senators and volunteer to help them get out the vote.

Voter turnout will decide this election — it’s that close. All we need to stop 4-8 years of socialism, a drastic lurch to the left, liberal courts, the “Freedom to Choose” Act, “Card Check”, the “Fairness” Doctrine and electoral reforms intended to keep Democrats in power in perpetuity — is to ignore the media, don’t despair, vote, and help our candidates turn out the vote! If you live in a solid-red state or precinct, the campaign can give you a phone and you can help turn out the vote in a swing state!

If you’ve never done it before, volunteering for a campaign can be a little intimidating. There’s no reason it should be. It’s very easy. Call up, or drop by in these last few days, and ask how you can help. It’s not rocket-science. They’ll teach you everything you need to know. But it makes a very big difference!



Why Hasn’t McCain Been Running Ads Like These? by American Elephant
October 25, 2008, 4:22 am
Filed under: Economy, Election 2008, Politics | Tags: , , , , ,

Two great new ads about the real Barack Obama from NeverFindOut.Org. Pretty devastating if you ask me. Just wish the McCain campaign were running more like them.

Donate here to help them out if you can.



One guestimate about future taxes. by The Elephant's Child

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

McCain:

0% on home sales up to $500,000 per home (couples) McCain does not propose any change in existing home sales income tax.

Obama:

28% on profit from ALL home sales.

If you sell your home and make a profit, you will pay 28% of your gain in taxes.  If you are heading toward retirement and would like to downsize your home or move into a retirement community, 28% of the money you make from your home will go to taxes.  This proposal will adversely affect the elderly who are counting on the income from their homes as part of their retirement income.

DIVIDEND TAX

McCain: 15% (no change)

Obama: 39.6%

If you have any money invested in the stock market, IRA, 401K, mutual funds, college funds, life insurance, or anything that pays or reinvests dividends, you will now be paying nearly 40% of the money earned in taxes if Obama becomes president.  The experts predict that “higher tax rates on dividends and capital gains would crash the stock market yet do nothing to cut the deficit.”

INCOME TAX

McCain: (no changes)

Single making 30K — tax $4,500
Single making 50K — tax $12,50
Single making 75K — tax $18,750
Married making 60K — tax $9,000
Married making 75K — tax $ 21.000
Married making 125K — tax $31,250

Obama: (allowing Bush tax-cuts to expire)

Single making 30K — tax $8,400
Single making 50K — tax $14,000
Single making 75K — tax $23,250
Married making 60K — tax $16,800
Married making 75K — tax $21,000
Married making 125K — tax $38,750

INHERITANCE TAX

McCain: 0% (No change, Bush repealed this tax)

Obama: Restore the inheritance tax.  Many families have lost family businesses, ranches, farms and homes because they couldn’t afford the inheritance tax.

NEW TAXES BEING PROPOSED

New government taxes proposed on homes that are more than 2400 square feet.
New gasoline taxes.
New taxes on natural resources consumption (heating, gas, water, electricity, carbon)
New taxes on retirement accounts and taxes for socialized medicine.

Comparisons are really hard because everyone states things differently. Obama talks only about his tax credits, and doesn’t mention how much taxes you will pay, and it doesn’t really matter because the bill will be written by congress, passed by congress and sent to the President for his signature.  Presidents can only ask and/or veto or sign. Congress (12% approval) is very anxious to raise taxes.

Source: Jennifer Rubin at Commentary Magazine



Yes, Obama is Lying About Ayers by American Elephant

Good new web-ad from the McCain camp. Will they have something like it for TV? Who knows. And Obama is outspending McCain on TV 3 to 1. Its up to all of us to spread the word.

Barack Obama has so many associations with radicals because he is very radical himself.

God, help us!



Poll Positions by American Elephant

Many Republicans are fretting over recent polling (RCP average Obama +5.9) in the presidential election, fearing, as some pundit on CNN declared, “the election is over”. Liberals, on the other hand, are quite cocky.

But let’s hold on for just a second and put things in persepective. A quick google search indicates things may not be as dire as Republicans fear and liberals, and the media (redundant, I know) would have us believe. Let’s take a little trip back in the time machine:

Newsweek      Sept 30-Oct 2, 2004:      Kerry 49   Bush 46

AP/Ipsos            October 4-6, 2004:      Kerry 50   Bush 46

Reuters/Zogby   October 6-8, 2004:      Kerry 46   Bush 45


Gallup            Sept 30-Oct 2, 2000:      Gore: 47   Bush 39

And there is more reason for optimism. As HotAir reports, the McCain campaign is saying it’s going to take the gloves off and start calling attention to Obama’s nefarious associations with criminals and radicals since the MSM won’t.

If they also start pointing the finger at Obama and Democrats for the financial crisis, and drawing attention to the big bucks and advisers Obama got from Fannie Mae, then things might actually turn around.



Lies, Misstatements, Obfuscations and Joe-foolery. by The Elephant's Child

  1. Joe Biden lied when he said that Barack Obama never said that he would sit down without preconditions with Ahmedinijad of Iran.  You would think that in this day and age when whatever you say is recorded, not only in print, but in your own voice  — and often you can watch the offending comment on YouTube — there would be in increase in honesty. But no-oo.
  2. Biden claimed to be for offshore oil drilling, but he has opposed offshore drilling and compared it to “raping” the Outer Continental Shelf.
  3. Joe Biden claimed that John McCain and Obama voted the same way against funding the troops in the field. McCain opposed a bill that contained a timeline and that the President had already said he would veto, because of the timeline.
  4. According to FactCheck.org Biden exaggerated McCain’s record when he claimed that McCain had voted against it 23 times. (He should have voted against it even more)
  5. Biden claimed that McCain would raise taxes on people’s health insurance coverage.  They get a tax credit to offset any tax hike.  Independent fact checkers have confirmed this.
  6. Biden claimed that the top military commander in Afghanistan said the surge could not be applied to Afghanistan. But General David McKiernan, NATO commander, said that the principles of the surge strategy, including working with the tribes, could be applied to Afghanistan.
  7. Biden falsely claimed that McCain weakened regulation of the mortgage giants, but McCain introduced legislation to increase control.
  8. Biden claimed that McCain was “dead wrong” on Iraq, but they shared the same vote to authorize the war, and Biden was “dead wrong” on the surge which McCain supported, and “dead wrong” on his proposal to break Iraq up into 3 states.
  9. Biden claimed that the economic rescue legislation matches the four principles that Obama laid out, but in reality it doesn’t meet two of the four principles that Obama outlined on September 19, which were that it include an emergency economic stimulus package and be “part of a globally coordinated effort with our partners in the G-20.”
  10. Biden claimed that McCain voted against the Violence Against Women Act, which was accurate, but he forgot to mention that the Supreme Court ruled that much of Biden’s law was an unconstitutional power grab by Congress of rights reserved to the states.  Nobody voted against the act because they favored violence against women.
  11. Biden said “Look, all you have to do is go down Union Street with me in Wilmington or go to Katie’s Restaurant or walk into Home Depot with me where I spend a lot of time and you ask anybody in there  whether or not the economic and foreign policy of this administration has made them better off in the last eight years.” According to Delaware sites, Katie’s Restaurant hasn’t been there for perhaps 20 or 30 years.
  12. On Pakistani weapons, Biden said that Pakistan already has nuclear weapons that can hit Israel and the Mediterranean.  The distance between Israel and Pakistan is 2,085 miles, websites indicate that the top range of a Pakistani missile than can carry a nuclear warhead is 1000 miles.
  13. Biden said we “kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon” and I said and Barack said “Move NATO forces in there.  Fill the vacuum, because if you don’t know — if you don’t, Hezbollah will control it.” Reuters thinks perhaps he meant to refer to Syria, but it still would be inaccurate because the Lebanese kicked Syria out of Lebanon.
  14. Biden said that the U.S. spends more in Iraq in one month than it has in Afghanistan in six or seven years.  That figure is off by 2000 percent.
  15. Biden said that “Vice President Cheney’s been the most dangerous vice president we’ve had probably in American history.  He has — he has — the idea he doesn’t realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that’s the executive — he works in the executive branch.  He should understand that.  Everyone should understand that.”  Constitutional scholar Biden might notice that Article I of the Constitution does not, in fact, define the role of the Vice President of the United States.  It defines the role of the legislative branch, the branch where Mr. Biden has served for 36 years. It does describe the vice president’s role in the legislative branch, but that’s not what Senator Biden meant.

There are more, listed here and here and the list keeps growing.  I know candidates often say silly things in the heat of a debate, bit there are limits, aren’t there?

Obama is getting more and more reckless in his claims, and in his denials that he has said what he said or done what he has done.  People don’t pay enough attention, or don’t know the facts, so it is easy to assume that truth doesn’t matter.  But it does.  It really does.



House Republicans Get It — McCain Campaign Doesn’t by American Elephant

The dynamics of this election have changed. Democrats get it, Obama and Biden get it, I am relieved to see that House Republicans get it, even Bill O’Reilly gets it — but John McCain and his campaign managers are apparently in serious, campaign-ending denial.

A couple weeks back, the real change Americans were seeking was an end to the poisonous partisanship that has overflowed Washington DC and now affects their personal lives. People across America were (and still are) sick to death, not so much of the war, or Bush policies, but of the venomous, vitriolic politics that have affected their everyday lives and relationships. The bitterness that has defined American politics ever since Democrats saw setbacks in the Iraq war as political opportunity for themselves.

McCain’s message of bi-partisanship served him well in that campaign atmosphere, but because of the financial crisis, things have changed drastically and the McCain campaign still hasn’t caught up.

What McCain doesn’t get, and will cost him the election if he doesn’t wise up, immediately, is that fingers SHOULD be pointed. Names SHOULD be named. Americans are FURIOUS! — reaching for the pitchforks and torches furious — and rightfully so. They know this crisis was avoidable and they want to know who is responsible.  They want to fire those responsible.

Democrats have already circled the wagons, they are already busy telling Americans that its all the fault of Bush, McCain and Republicans. In the absence of the truth that it is Democrat policies and Democrat corruption that caused this crisis, Americans will be left with no alternative but to believe Democrats lies. The shift in the polls towards Obama show that’s exactly what is happening.

I was optimistic yesterday when I saw Ace of Spades had put into words, what I had been cautiously hoping:

…I know what he’s doing.

John McCain is waiting until the bill passes.

And then he will unleash the dogs of war.

And he will say, “I stayed away from making these partisan attacks, even though you lied ridiculously about me and your own attempts at ‘reform.’ I held back, because partisan attacks — even truthful ones — would harm our country and reduce the chances of getting a vital bill passed.

“Well, the bill is now passed. I put country first. You didn’t, and you lied on top of that. And now — only now that this crisis has been dealt with, to the extent we can — I’m going to give you a bit of straight-talk about Fannie, Freddie, my attempts to reform it, and your attempts to block reform on behalf of your big donors and friends in ACORN.”

But US News’ blog Capital Commerce reports today that McCain apparently intends to keep on keeping-on with the same strategy that has resulted in an increasingly large lead for Barack Obama.

Let me put it as plainly as I can: the financial crisis has become THE issue that will decide the election. Americans will decide who is responsible based on the information they are given, and they will punish them by voting them out of office. Right now they are blaming Bush, Republicans and John McCain. If McCain doesn’t work forcefully to change this, he will lose.

I strongly urge everyone to call or email the McCain campaign and tell them they absolutely must fight back hard against Democrat lies, and they absolutely must explain to Americans that it is Democrat policy that foced lenders to make risky loans to people who otherwise wouldn’t qualify, and Democrats running Fannie Mae who encouraged banks to increase the amount of these loans they made while giving themselves millions in bonuses for it and Democrats in congress who blocked President Bush, John McCain and Republicans’ attempts to reform Fannie and Freddie  over a dozen times while using Fannie and Freddie as their personal campaign piggy banks.

Please call and write. The election will be decided on this. The RNCC video is PERFECT. Exactly what McCain needs to be doing every day.



McCain/Palin t shirts, yard signs, banners, campaign buttons, bumper stickers and more! by American Elephant

Sarah Palin t shirts, sweatshirts and boxers for men, women, kids, baby and dog! In multiple colors and styles.

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A little shameless self promotion. Forgive us!

But lots of people seem to be looking for McCain signs, buttons, shirts, bumper stickers, etc, and can’t find them. We’ve got em!

Yard signs, large vinyl banners, buttons, stickers, mugs bags and more. T shirts, sweatshirts, baseball shirts in loads of styles and colors for men, women, kids, baby and even your pets!

Click here, or click any of the pics to see our store.  The store is run by CafePress.com and is guaranteed 100% secure. And we are adding new designs just as quick as we can, so check back often and show your support for John McCain and Sarah Palin! (we’ll likely have some good anti-Obama/Democrat designs soon too :) )



John McCain Starts to Hit Back on Financial Crisis by American Elephant

It’s about TIME!

After weeks of Democrats disingenuously blaming the housing crisis on Republican policy and their supposed deregulation, John McCain is hitting back with a new ad proving that it was Republicans who have been pushing to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac and corrupt Democrats who blocked the reforms.

If you’re like me, and you don’t live in a battleground state, chances are you haven’t seen these ads. And considering the media isn’t about to cover this election fairly, ads like these are one of the few places most Americans can get a glimpse of the other side of the story.

It’s a powerful ad — especially since it stars Bill Clinton. It could be even more hard-hitting, but its a good start. It’s a 60 second ad, which makes it more expensive to air. If you agree, email the McCain Campaign, and tell them you want more ads like this. (And if you can, contribute so they can afford it.)

A good ad giving a taste of how a McCain/Palin ticket would address economic problems with solid conservative principles:

And another new ad, directly taking on Obama’s policy proposals and his dishonest portrayal of them:

And lastly, a few ads that have been out for a while that I either didn’t see, or that bear repeating:







Henry Kissinger Responds to Obama by American Elephant

Henry Kissinger slams Obama. The Weekly Standard has the exclusive:

Henry Kissinger believes Barack Obama misstated his views on diplomacy with US adversaries and is not happy about being mischaracterized. He says: “Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality.”

Of course McCain pretty much slammed him on the spot. Is there anyone who wasn’t reminded of Lloyd Bentsen’s famous response to Dan Quayle?

“Senator, I know Henry Kissinger, and you’re no Henry Kissinger.”

A devastating blow.



Obama: “John is Right” by American Elephant

Man that was quick. So quick in fact that they had the video out before Obama had finished praising McCain for being right. Apparently he said it 7 times total.

It’s essential to note, that while Obama has his talking points down about McCain being wrong about everything, when it comes down to the facts, Obama is forced to admit, over and over, that McCain’s position is the right one. And throughout the campaign, from the surge to meeting with foreign leaders, to going to Washington to work on the bailout, to Georgia, it has been Obama who has modified his position to match McCain’s — after which he inevitably claims that it was his position all along.

My first impression is that McCain won decisively. I was very aggravated at first as McCain seemed to be letting Obama get away with far too many lies, but as the debate wore on, it was clear that McCain was the one in command of the facts, McCain was the one who looked presidential, bipartisan, and ready to lead, while Obama came across as nasty, bitter, partisan, and as though he were reciting talking points rather than speaking from a thorough understanding and comfort with the issues.

McCain was calm cool and collected. Obama was aggitated, angry, barely civil and constantly interrupting. McCain seemed presidential, Obama seemed unprofessional. I was reminded strongly of Gore’s performance 8 years ago when he kept sighing and clicking his tongue every 2 seconds.

More to follow.



ABC: Obama Lying/Race-Baiting in Two Languages by American Elephant

While Obama runs around the country claiming a McCain ad, that is comletely true, lies about his support for teaching sex-ed to kindergarteners, he is running a Spanish language ad in Colorado and other markets that is truly audacious in it’s dishonesty and race-baiting.

You may have heard about the ad: Obama tries to smear McCain with quotes from Rush Limbaugh. The problem? McCain and Rush had opposing views on immigration to begin with, and Obama was taking Rush completely out of context to begin with. Far from telling Mexicans to get out, Rush was paraphrasing Mexican immigration policy!

ABC’s Jake Tapper puts the lie to Obama’s repugnant ad:

There are some real factual problems with this ad, which is titled “Dos Caras,” or two faces.

First of all, tying Sen. McCain – especially on the issue of immigration reform – to Limbaugh is unfair.

Limbaugh opposed McCain on that issue. Vociferously. And in a larger sense, it’s unfair to link McCain to Limbaugh on a host of issues since Limbaugh, as any even occasional listener of his knows, doesn’t particularly care for McCain.

Second, the quotes of Limbaugh’s are out of context.

Railing against NAFTA in 1993, Limbaugh said, “If you are unskilled and uneducated, your job is going south. Skilled workers, educated people are going to do fine ’cause those are the kinds of jobs NAFTA is going to create. If we are going to start rewarding no skills and stupid people, I’m serious, let the unskilled jobs that take absolutely no knowledge whatsoever to do — let stupid and unskilled Mexicans do that work.”

Not one of his most eloquent moments, to be sure, but his larger point was that NAFTA would mean that unskilled stupid Mexicans would be doing the jobs of unskilled stupid Americans.

I’m not going to defend how he said it, but to act as if this was just a moment of Limbaugh slurring Mexicans is not accurate. Though again, certainly if people were offended I could understand why.

The second quote is totally unfair. In 2006, Limbaugh was mocking Mexican law, and he wrote:

“How do you say ‘double standard’ in Spanish? How about: ‘No mas!’”

“Everybody’s making immigration proposals these days. Let me add mine to the mix. Call it The Limbaugh Laws:

“First: If you immigrate to our country, you have to speak the native language. You have to be a professional or an investor; no unskilled workers allowed. Also, there will be no special bilingual programs in the schools with the Limbaugh Laws. No special ballots for elections. No government business will be conducted in your language. Foreigners will not have the right to vote or hold political office.

“If you’re in our country, you cannot be a burden to taxpayers. You are not entitled to welfare, food stamps, or other government goodies. You can come if you invest here: an amount equal to 40,000 times the daily minimum wage. If not, stay home. But if you want to buy land, it’ll be restricted. No waterfront, for instance. As a foreigner, you must relinquish individual rights to the property.

“And another thing: You don’t have the right to protest. You’re allowed no demonstrations, no foreign flag waving, no political organizing, no bad-mouthing our President or his policies. You’re a foreigner: shut your mouth or get out! And if you come here illegally, you’re going to jail.

“You think the Limbaugh Laws are harsh? Well, every one of the laws I just mentioned are actual laws of Mexico today! That’ how the Mexican government handles immigrants to their country. Yet Mexicans come here illegally and protest in our streets!

But even if one is uninclined to see Limbaugh’s quotes as having been taken unfairly out of context, linking them to McCain makes as much sense as running a quote from Bill Maher and linking it to Obama. [read more]

Tapper concludes:

…McCain has changed his rhetoric and his emphasis when discussing immigration after almost losing the GOP presidential nomination because of it.

He now says the borders must be secured before anything else happens. And in that, he’s opened himself up to charges of flip-flopping, though the Obama campaign is quoting him selectively and unfairly to make their points.

The greater implication the ad makes, however, is that McCain is no friend to Latinos at all, beyond issues of funding the DREAM act or how NCLB money is distributed. By linking McCain to Limbaugh’s quotes, twisting Limbaugh’s quotes, and tying McCain to more extremist anti-immigration voices, the Obama campaign has crossed a line into misleading the viewers of its new TV ad. In Spanish, the word is erróneo. [read the whole thing]

Of course this is much worse than trying to link Obama to a quote by Bill Maher, there is no evidence that Obama and Maher disagree to any significant extent, whereas Limbaugh is constantly criticizing McCain, and vice versa. And Obama was not linking McCain to what Rush said, he was linking McCain to lies about what Rush said.

But Kudos still go to Tapper for calling Obama on this truly repugnant, race-baiting ad.




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