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When Mavericks Fight!

Judgment again!

John McCain and Sarah Palin are feuding over which one of them is causing the ticket to slump…the most!

Now he’s blaming HER! John McCain is blaming Sarah Palin! For HIS poor judgment! Now THAT’S poor judgment!

Come on John McCain!

Sarah Plain is NOT my kind of gal. The one and only time I laced on ice skates, I was clinging as perilously to the side of the rink…as Palin is now clinging to her reputation! But still, DO NOT BLAME PALIN ENTIRELY for your campaign’s derailment, Senator McCain. You’re implying that YOU did everything right, while SHE did everything wrong!

Now I’ve heard rumors about McCain’s misogyny; how he reportedly tore into his wife (with others present) and called her a c_ _ _! But I saw on T-V, during the Primaries, how McCain sneered, AND DID NOT REBUKE someone standing with him on the SAME stage who questioned, in reference to Hillary Clinton: how republicans plan to deal with the b _ _ _ _?

So now why am I NOT surprised that he’s blaming Plain…for his own camp’s disarray?

Here’s a man who, when faced with choosing a vice-presidential running mate, had all of America at his disposal! That’s 300 million people! After narrowing it down, he could have ended up with at least 5 thousand. (Say roughly about 100 prospective candidates per state! ) Whittle it down some more, and you get about two dozen good, solid candidates. Now, at that point, McCain has to seriously hunker down and really narrow it to a few top candidates.

 He could have chosen: Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney;
 Minnesota Governor, Tim Pawlenty;
 Former: Pennsylvania governor, member – U.S. House of Representatives and Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge;
 Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindall;
 Florida Governor, Charlie Crist;
 Texas Senator (female) Kay Bailey Hutchinson;
 U.S Secretary of State, (female) Condoleezza Rice;
 Connecticut Democrat turned “independent” now looking verry republican; Senator Joseph Lieberman,
 Former Hewlett-Packard ( HP) CEO, (female) Carly Fiorina
 And Alaska Governor, (female) SARAH PALIN.

Here’s how I think HE did it:

(MCCAIN SPEAKING/THINKING…)

Now let’s weed out the elitists…like:

Romney. He went to Harvard. Ivy League
Ridge…went to Harvard, also! Ivy league
Jindall…went to Brown University. So Ivy League

(According to Wikipedia: The Ivy League is an athletic conference comprising eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern U.S… The term is most commonly used to refer to those eight schools considered as a group. The term also has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and a reputation for social elitism.)

Tim Pawlenty.
University of Minnesota. He’s good! Studied law? Brains there…? We’ll get back to him!

• Charlie Crist.
Florida State University. Florida, eh? Hey, wait a minute! He studied LAW, too!? One’s enough! He’s out

• Kay Bailey Hutchinson
Texas, yes! LAW too? What’s with all these smart people? Too many opinions. She can actually TALK to the press, WITHOUT A PREPARED SCRIPT! She’s out. OUT!

• Condoleezza Rice
(Flies into a rage)
WHO PUT HER IN THERE? WAY TOO SMART. SHE TALKS TO MORE FOREIGN LEADERS IN ONE WEEK, THAN I DO IN A YEAR! CONDI IS ELITISTA! MUCH TOO CLOSE TO PRESIDENT BUSH! WHO’S MORE ELITIST THAT THE BUSHES…ANYWAY, (WHEN I’M NOT HUGGING THEM, THAT IS!)?

• Carly Farina
Ultra super elitist blabbermouth! Why didn’t she stay home and have babies, anyway? Next!

• Joe Lieberman
Boy, would I like to rub Joe (Another Joe!) and keep rubbing Joe into the faces of those damn conservative “elitists” who HATE me! Why do they hate me, anyway? Yes, I’m against pork. But so what? If my fellow republican lawmakers feel constrained in bringing home the bacon, it’s not because of me!

Our (non-elitist) women know how to make do with nothing. Just ask my poor wife, Cindy! The other day we ran out of Champagne at one of my 7 houses, so she called France, and we actually HAD to use of our 13 vehicles to go and pick it at the airport! Yes, I love Joe Lieberman. I love him, I tell you, but he went to Yale! He’s Elitist!!! He’s my friend. But elitists can’t hide. I know where elitists live!

Who’s left?

Sarah Palin.
Now here’s a pretty one. If she can perk up old geezers like me, imagine what SHE’ll do for the younger crowd! Did we find anyone who can pass as non-elitist among the batch? Pawlenty? Hey guys? We have Pawlenty (holds up a photo of the Minnesota governor. Gets little reaction) and Palin (he holds up her photo (from Miss Alaska/swimsuit! Place erupts). We’ve made a decision. It’s Sarah Palin!

Now he is blaming HER!

So even though I don’t like Sarah Palin, by Golly, McCain, I won’t let you blame it all on her! Yes, she’s a drag on the ticket, She wasn’t the best qualified. Whatever! But LEAVE PALIN ALONE.

To blame her – now, IN PUBLIC! His campaign is calling her a “diva who likes her own way.” (We already knew that? 150-thousand-dollars on clothes!) She immediately gave spouses, moms and others everywhere grave cause for concern, when they saw their loved ones, (who were contentedly watching T-V, when news of Palin’s mega shopping spree broke) abruptly get up, take their credit card, and announce they’re going shopping…also!!

Well, Ms. Palin…you now have someplace convenient? close to home? to plant your stilettos…don’t cha?

And doggone it, you should!

Demand a sticker campaign! (Just to prove that you really are a diva, who knows exactly what she’s talking about!)

I bet she’d get more votes than YOU — John McCain!

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Absolute Control: GOP Only? Absolutely!

I cannot be hearing republicans like Newt Gingrich clearly.

Are they/is he really saying that Americans would not, could not, SHOULD not…NOT…let Democrats control The House, Senate and White House? I’m sure that isn’t what Newt is preaching. Because I checked some election results for the House and Senate:

1992
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 44; DEMOCRATS — 56
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 176; DEMOCRATS — 258
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN: GEORGE H. W. BUSH

1994
SENATE: REPUBLICANS – 52: Democrats — 48
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 230 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH); Democrats — 204
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

1996
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55, DEMOCRATS — 45
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 228 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH); Democrats — 206
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

1998
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55; DEMOCRATS — 45 seats.
(Jeffords Independent New Hampshire, sides with Democrats).
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 223 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH), DEMOCRATS — 211
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

2000
SENATE: TIE. REPUBLICANS/DEMOCRATS: 50/50. (In mid-2001, New Hampshire Senator Jim Jeffords chose to caucus with the Democrats as an independent.)
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 221, Democrats — 212
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN – GEORGE H. W. BUSH.

2002
SENATE: REPUBLICANS– 51, DEMOCRATS — 48
HOUSE REPUBLICANS – 229, DEMOCRATS — 204
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN – GEORGE W.BUSH


2004

SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55; DEMOCRATS – 44
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS – 232; DEMOCRATS — 202
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN; GEORGE W. BUSH

• 2006
SENATE: TIE: 49/49. (Two independents caucus with Democrats – (1) Bernie Sanders replaces Jeffords in New Hampshire and (2) Joe Lieberman in Connecticut.)
HOUSE: DEMOCRATS – 233; REPUBLICANS – 202
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN; GEORGE W. BUSH

Somebody needs to remind Newt Gingrich of his party’s history…

When Newt comes up for air, please take him back in time, gently, and reassure him that we need NOT go back millions of years, to when giant lizards actually ruled the Earth…or the Ark, or whatever! 2002 will do!

Republicans controlled THE WHITE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES not once, but twice IN A ROW! In 2002 and 2004, back when G.W. was brimming with Social Capital…and banks actually HAD capital!

Did you hear Newt decrying, back then, how lamentable that was? Not him! But today! Here he is bombarding us with “elitist” thinking. (By their own definition!) The thinking that HE/THEY/REPUBLICANS can; and you, them, DEMOCRATS…can’t? Thinking they’re better than us? Elitist to their very core!

So of course Newt has to go around moaning that it would really be just too, too unbearable a burden…unthinkable, preposterous even! that Democrats could end up controlling the White House and both houses of Congress!

Gingrich spent nearly 6-years as House Speaker. Republicans controlled BOTH houses of Congress, but a Democratic President, Bill Clinton, managed to get things done. Clinton left a surplus…NOT a financial meltdown!

However, today, Gingrich now wants us to believe that Americans, armed with nothing but ballot papers, are going to singlehandedly destroy the republic!

Back then, (2002) as The New York Times put it:

Republicans Regain the Senate and Increase House Majority

The Republicans last night seized full control of Congress by retaking the Senate…the Republicans now have control of the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives.

The outcome is a break with historic patterns, in which the party that controls the White House almost invariably loses seats in midterm Congressional elections.

Bush mounted a very aggressive campaign in the final days, traveling to 15 states since Thursday, and raising by one count $142 million for his party since the campaign season began.

ANOTHER HEADLINE:

Republicans swept to victory in the United States Senate last night, assuring Republican control of the White House and Congress for the next two years, and thrusting President Bush into a commanding position for his legislative agenda.

The Republican Party also maintained — and possibly solidified — its hold on the House, in an election that amounted to a major drubbing for the Democratic Party.

The results mean that a single party, the Republicans, will once again control both houses of Congress and the White House.

According to the N. Y. Times, Democrats: “held periodic news conferences…complaining about episodes of voting irregularities”.

Lies, Phone Calls…No Videotape!

John McCain was apparently born under a sign that says: “Trouble Shall Follow Me at Crucial Periods in My Life!”

It’s beginning to look like Sarah Palin is NOT the only person around McCain, who (for republican’s sake) apparently needs to zip it!

Joe McCain… (Yet another Joe!?) told the Boston Globe in September, he worries that he might say something that will cause his brother a problem, and he doesn’t want to violate his mantra: “Do no harm.” According to the paper, as voters seek to learn more about John McCain, 71, few people can provide a better perspective than his 65-year-old brother…Joe!

Let’s look at Joe. For some perspective!

Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, it’s said. (In defense of Joe…he did tell The Globe that he watched a televised speech by Obama and couldn’t turn it off. “I was mesmerized by the guy’s speech…”)

Anyway, Joe “The Brother McCain”:

• …fired off an angry e-mail to his brother’s campaign mid-October, blasting them for controlling his brother’s campaign too tightly…and denying media access. (Better judgment than your brother, Joe!)

• On Tuesday (October 21) Joe Plumber, sorry, I mean Joe McCain…was speaking at an event in support of his brother. He referred to Arlington and Alexandria…two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia “…as: Communist Country.” He later apologized. A McCain campaign spokeswoman called potential presidential first brother Joe’s remark: “An unsuccessful attempt at humor.” You betcha!

• Earlier this week, Joe McCain called 9-1-1…the police emergency line, because he was angry he was stuck in traffic! (Temper tantrums seem to run in the McCain family!)

The 9-1-1 call went to emergency operations in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, on October 21. (Was Joe McCain heading to/from the event where he called those two Virginia suburbs “Communists”? Think for a moment you are Joe McCain. You begin to feel that you are surrounded by communists…the area starts looking like China’s Tiananmen Square! Wouldn’t you want to get out of traffic, too?)

Operator : 9-1-1 — state your emergency

Caller: It’s not an emergency, but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes… emergency operations and yet traffic’s coming the other way?

Operator : Sir, are you calling 9-1-1 to complain about traffic? (Pause)

Caller: “F_ _ _ you.” (Caller hangs up)

The complaint call about traffic on the Wilson Bridge forced the 9-1-1 dispatcher to call back. The voice mail on the other end appears to belong to Joe McCain:

Hi this is Joe McCain. I can’t take this message now because I’m involved in a very (inaudible) important political project. I hope on November 4th we have elected John.”

According to the news report…JOE MCCAIN CALLED 9-1-1 BACK, TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEM NOT GETTING IT!

Caller : Somebody gave me this riot act about the violation of police.

Operator : Did you just call 9-1-1 in reference to this?

Caller : Yeah.

Operator : 9-1-1 is to be used for emergencies only, not just because you’re sitting in traffic.

These police operators are so elitist! When Joe McCain and his big brother get into the White House, he can just tweak the report…make it say whatever suits HIM. Need help? Ask Palin how she re-did the expense report detailing her kids’ travel expenses!

Which takes us to a definitely…non-elitist sort! John McCain’s new Poster Girl! Ashley “The Campaign Worker” Todd, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She claimed SHE was mugged by a tall, black male (an “Obama supporter”) who used a knife to carve a “B” on her face. NOT TRUE.

And what does the “B” stand for? Beautiful? Blase? Brash? Bellicose? Belligerent? Bombastic? Need I go on?

McCain, of course, in the words of an old saying: rushed in “Where Angels Fear to Tred”. (I described him in an earlier article as: Shoot from the Hip McCain – Bombs First, Weapons of Mass Destruction, later!) So HE unleashes Palin, SHE sympathizes with “The Campaign Worker.” The love is flowing; I’m feeling bad for supporting a thug like Obama. Obama is feeling bad for being Obama! His decree: find that Rapper/Pimp/Hip-Hop/Gansta and bring him to me!

But voila, before the expected riot could materialize, Pittsburgh’s elitist police saved Obama’s hide! There was NO black guy – tall or short! No mutilation/carving on her face – not backward, perfectly…or forward, imperfectly! No McCain bumper sticker (which supposedly enraged the alleged attacker) on Ashley, “The Campaign Worker’s” car! No videotape of her even using that ATM…where the manufactured “assault” took place!

In short, NO CREDIBILITY – just more bad judgment…linked to Senator McCain.

The news made headlines nationwide, and worldwide. (Even China’s News Agency, Xinhua, picked it up!) Police seem to be suggesting that Ashley, “The Campaign Worker’s” tale could have fomented racial tension.

I’m rethinking what I said earlier that “Ashley, The Campaign Worker” is non-elitist? She IS from Texas, so she’s definitely NOT from an elitist East Coast enclave. (Do you see those small houses they build in Texas?) But still, don’t you just get the feeling that she thought she was better than everybody else? She is so, so elitist. It’s just that detectives in Pittsburgh are, alas…more elitister…also!

By the way, Fox News’ executive vice president, John Moody, responding to the campaign worker’s allegations, said:

this incident could become a watershed event in the eleven days before the election. If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee. If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

Which one will Moody/Fox…um…run with? on Saturday? Racism…or Race-Baiting? Watershed or Tsunami?

• Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who stomped for Mitt Romney, is endorsing Barack Obama! The sign next to him read: “Republicans for Obama”. (Darn, you mean we were that close to seeing: “Republicans for Hillary”?)

I’m sure, somewhere…deep in the heart of Red Country, there’s a sign saying “Democrats for McCain”.

It reads: Those Hoping against Hope McCain Wins So We Can Get a Job in His Administration, (‘cause Democrats can’t wait to Tell Us: “Good Riddance!?”) There was just one person – Connecticut “independent” Senator Joe Lieberman, holding the sign. So it was askew – sort of screw-wy.

Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Thats all folks!

Elites, the Economy and Judgment

While writing this, Thursday, I watched the U-S Stock Market dance before my eyes!

Thursday’s taglines: Wall Street Goes From Panic To Despair…Stocks Make Third Attempt At Rally…Another Day Of Wild Ups And Downs… Dow Rockets Nearly 200 In Late Surge While NASDAQ Finishes In The Red.

I’m checking it out, online! Wow! That is enough to make a person feel unsettled!

• Gold seems to be falling, too!
Gold futures fell Wednesday to its lowest point for the first time in more than a year. It sank below $710 an ounce. Isn’t Gold THE precious metal people typically see as a safe haven in rough economic times?

• More people filed jobless claims last week.
The Labor Department says new applications for state unemployment benefits rose by 15-thousand (more than expected) in the week ending October 18. Thousands more job cuts have been announced. Analysts lay most of the blame on the financial crisis: tighter credit, rising foreclosures… (also Hurricane Ike). They say the employment outlook for Americans will likely get worse!

• The Web site, which tracks foreclosed homes, has more bad economic data. It says 81-thousand homes were repossessed, last month! RealtyTrac compared foreclosure data (this quarter, with the same time last year), and found that: the number of homeowners facing foreclosure grew by more than 70-percent (July to September)…and nearly a million homes (766-thousand) got at least one foreclosure-related notice.

More than 250-thousand properties were repossessed by lenders nationwide in the third quarter. RealtyTrac expects that more than a million bank-owned properties (about one in every three properties for sale in the U.S) will be repossessed properties! (Better news: Foreclosure filings slowed last month.)

• Even the White House is ‘fessing up! The guys who probably still believe that Iraq HAD (or has) Weapons of Mass Destruction, said Thursday the economy will remain gloomy through at least the end of the year!

• Alan Greenspan calls the current worsening economic crisis: “A once in a century Credit Tsunami.”

(Greenspan is the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve – the one some conservatives, and others? blast for contributing to today’s financial meltdown. They claim he kept interest rates too low, for too long…without regulatory oversight.)

Greenspan testified before congress today (October 23)…on the economic crisis. (Congress is asking past key financial players for their ideas on what caused the gravest financial crisis since the 1930’s…and how they think the government can fix it).

Greenspan says he expected lending institutions to do a good job protecting their shareholders. He’s also slamming “overeager” investors for making subprime mortgages, without worrying that what goes up, will likely come crashing down!

• Now to John McCain’s answers to what you’ve just read:

Q: Senator McCain, if you become president in January, what exactly do you plan to do about any or all of the above?

M: Well, I won’t raise your taxes, like Obama will!

Q: Taxes on what, Senator. It’s looking like I won’t even have a job?

M: Well, Senator Obama is promising to spread the wealth. I won’t! These elitists have enough…also!

Q: Senator, how do you define “elitist”?

M: Er…I defer to my capable running mate on this question…

PALIN: (That’s how SHE described “elite” to NBC’s Brian Williams: (Hasn’t she learned yet – Don’t GIVE any interviews. Nada!)

Oh, I guess just people who think they’re better than anyone else…and, and, John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American, hard-working, middle class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting…put back on the right track! And winning these wars and America is starting to reach her potential…and that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks, ah… I guess, that they are better than anyone else, that’s, that’s MY definition of elitism! (Webster: Take note.)

WILIAMS: So, so it’s not education…It’s NOT income-based?

PALIN: Anyone…who thinks they’re better than anyone else!

WILLIAMS: A “State of Mind”? It’s not geography?

PALIN: Of course NOT!

WILLIAMS: (To McCain) Senator?

M: I know where some of them live?

W: Where’s that”?

M : Well, in our nation’s capital…in New York City. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived there…I know the town! I know. I know where a lot of these elitists are…the one’s who…”

For a moment I thought he was going to say: Spend thousands of dollars on clothes at upscale stores like Saks and Niemen Marcus? But he didn’t. Instead, he said:

… (those) she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I’ve been very frank with you…those who think they can dictate what THEY believe to America, instead of letting Americans decide for themselves”.

That’s making the Bush White House sound extraordinarily “elitist” to me…but what do I know?

No more questions for Senator McCain!

I’m satisfied that HE will NOT raise our taxes or spread the wealth around. He’ll also presumably banish all taxes, ‘cause that’s basically taking from Joe Plumber (when he does get around to actually paying taxes!) and giving it to people like Palin in Alaska.

(That is back when she embraced the “Bridge to Nowhere”, before political expediency turned her against it!). It will be up to wealthy investors from the Middle East, China, Russia and other Sovereign Fund dollars, worldwide…to keep on supporting us. You betcha!

(P/S: The U.S dollar fell against every major currency, EXCEPT for THE SINGAPORE DOLLAR. Hear that Senator McCain? Singapore is preparing to test Senator Obama’s resolve, should HE be elected president. We’re glad you’re sounding that alarm!)

Absolute Control: GOP Only? Absolutely!

I cannot be hearing republicans like Newt Gingrich clearly.

Are they/is he really saying that Americans would not, could not, SHOULD not…NOT…let Democrats control The House, Senate and White House? I’m sure that isn’t what Newt is preaching. Because I checked some election results for the House and Senate:

1992
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 44; DEMOCRATS — 56
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 176; DEMOCRATS — 258
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN: GEORGE H. W. BUSH

1994
SENATE: REPUBLICANS – 52: Democrats — 48
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 230 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH); Democrats — 204
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

1996
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55, DEMOCRATS — 45
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 228 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH); Democrats — 206
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

1998
SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55; DEMOCRATS — 45 seats.
(Jeffords Independent New Hampshire, sides with Democrats).
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 223 (LED BY NEWT GINGRICH), DEMOCRATS — 211
WHITE HOUSE: DEMOCRAT: BILL CLINTON

2000
SENATE: TIE. REPUBLICANS/DEMOCRATS: 50/50. (In mid-2001, New Hampshire Senator Jim Jeffords chose to caucus with the Democrats as an independent.)
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS — 221, Democrats — 212
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN – GEORGE H. W. BUSH.

2002
SENATE: REPUBLICANS– 51, DEMOCRATS — 48
HOUSE REPUBLICANS – 229, DEMOCRATS — 204
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN – GEORGE W.BUSH


2004

SENATE: REPUBLICANS — 55; DEMOCRATS – 44
HOUSE: REPUBLICANS – 232; DEMOCRATS — 202
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN; GEORGE W. BUSH

• 2006
SENATE: TIE: 49/49. (Two independents caucus with Democrats – (1) Bernie Sanders replaces Jeffords in New Hampshire and (2) Joe Lieberman in Connecticut.)
HOUSE: DEMOCRATS – 233; REPUBLICANS – 202
WHITE HOUSE: REPUBLICAN; GEORGE W. BUSH

Somebody needs to remind Newt Gingrich of his party’s history…

When Newt comes up for air, please take him back in time, gently, and reassure him that we need NOT go back millions of years, to when giant lizards actually ruled the Earth…or the Ark, or whatever! 2002 will do!

Republicans controlled THE WHITE HOUSE, THE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES not once, but twice IN A ROW! In 2002 and 2004, back when G.W. was brimming with Social Capital…and banks actually HAD capital!

Did you hear Newt decrying, back then, how lamentable that was? Not him! But today! Here he is bombarding us with “elitist” thinking. (By their own definition!) The thinking that HE/THEY/REPUBLICANS can; and you, them, DEMOCRATS…can’t? Thinking they’re better than us? Elitist to their very core!

So of course Newt has to go around moaning that it would really be just too, too unbearable a burden…unthinkable, preposterous even! that Democrats could end up controlling the White House and both houses of Congress!

Gingrich spent nearly 6-years as House Speaker. Republicans controlled BOTH houses of Congress, but a Democratic President, Bill Clinton, managed to get things done. Clinton left a surplus…NOT a financial meltdown!

However, today, Gingrich now wants us to believe that Americans, armed with nothing but ballot papers, are going to singlehandedly destroy the republic!

Back then, (2002) as The New York Times put it:

Republicans Regain the Senate and Increase House Majority

The Republicans last night seized full control of Congress by retaking the Senate…the Republicans now have control of the White House, Senate and the House of Representatives..

The outcome is a break with historic patterns, in which the party that controls the White House almost invariably loses seats in midterm Congressional elections.

Bush mounted a very aggressive campaign in the final days, traveling to 15 states since Thursday, and raising by one count $142 million for his party since the campaign season began

ANOTHER HEADLINE:

Republicans swept to victory in the United States Senate last night, assuring Republican control of the White House and Congress for the next two years, and thrusting President Bush into a commanding position for his legislative agenda..

The Republican Party also maintained — and possibly solidified — its hold on the House, in an election that amounted to a major drubbing for the Democratic Party.

The results mean that a single party, the Republicans, will once again control both houses of Congress and the White House

According to the N. Y. Times, Democrats: “held periodic news conferences…complaining about episodes of voting irregularities”.

Lies, Phone Calls…No Videotape!

John McCain was apparently born under a sign that says: “Trouble Shall Follow Me at Crucial Periods in My Life!”

It’s beginning to look like Sarah Palin is NOT the only person around McCain, who (for republican’s sake) apparently needs to zip it!

Joe McCain… (Yet another Joe!?) told the Boston Globe in September, he worries that he might say something that will cause his brother a problem, and he doesn’t want to violate his mantra: “Do no harm.” According to the paper, as voters seek to learn more about John McCain, 71, few people can provide a better perspective than his 65-year-old brother…Joe!

Let’s look at Joe. For some perspective!

Fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree, it’s said. (In defense of Joe…he did tell The Globe that he watched a televised speech by Obama and couldn’t turn it off. “I was mesmerized by the guy’s speech…”)

Anyway, Joe “The Brother McCain”:

• …fired off an angry e-mail to his brother’s campaign mid-October, blasting them for controlling his brother’s campaign too tightly…and denying media access. (Better judgment than your brother, Joe!)

• On Tuesday (October 21) Joe Plumber, sorry, I mean Joe McCain…was speaking at an event in support of his brother. He referred to Arlington and Alexandria…two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia “…as: Communist Country.” He later apologized. A McCain campaign spokeswoman called potential presidential first brother Joe’s remark: “An unsuccessful attempt at humor.” You betcha!

• Earlier this week, Joe McCain called 9-1-1…the police emergency line, because he was angry he was stuck in traffic! (Temper tantrums seem to run in the McCain family!)

The 9-1-1 call went to emergency operations in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, on October 21. (Was Joe McCain heading to/from the event where he called those two Virginia suburbs “Communists”? Think for a moment you are Joe McCain. You begin to feel that you are surrounded by communists…the area starts looking like China’s Tiananmen Square! Wouldn’t you want to get out of traffic, too?)

Operator : 9-1-1 — state your emergency

Caller: It’s not an emergency, but do you know why on one side at the damn drawbridge of 95 traffic is stopped for 15 minutes… emergency operations and yet traffic’s coming the other way?

Operator : Sir, are you calling 9-1-1 to complain about traffic? (Pause)

Caller: “F_ _ _ you.” (Caller hangs up)

The complaint call about traffic on the Wilson Bridge forced the 9-1-1 dispatcher to call back. The voice mail on the other end appears to belong to Joe McCain:

Hi this is Joe McCain. I can’t take this message now because I’m involved in a very (inaudible) important political project. I hope on November 4th we have elected John.”

According to the news report…JOE MCCAIN CALLED 9-1-1 BACK, TO COMPLAIN ABOUT THEM NOT GETTING IT!

Caller : Somebody gave me this riot act about the violation of police.

Operator : Did you just call 9-1-1 in reference to this?

Caller : Yeah.

Operator : 9-1-1 is to be used for emergencies only, not just because you’re sitting in traffic.

These police operators are so elitist! When Joe McCain and his big brother get into the White House, he can just tweak the report…make it say whatever suits HIM. Need help? Ask Palin how she re-did the expense report detailing her kids’ travel expenses!

Which takes us to a definitely…non-elitist sort! John McCain’s new Poster Girl! Ashley “The Campaign Worker” Todd, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She claimed SHE was mugged by a tall, black male (an “Obama supporter”) who used a knife to carve a “B” on her face. NOT TRUE.

And what does the “B” stand for? Beautiful? Blase? Brash? Bellicose? Belligerent? Bombastic? Need I go on?

McCain, of course, in the words of an old saying: rushed in “Where Angels Fear to Tred”. (I described him in an earlier article as: Shoot from the Hip McCain – Bombs First, Weapons of Mass Destruction, later!) So HE unleashes Palin, SHE sympathizes with “The Campaign Worker.” The love is flowing; I’m feeling bad for supporting a thug like Obama. Obama is feeling bad for being Obama! His decree: find that Rapper/Pimp/Hip-Hop/Gansta and bring him to me!

But voila, before the expected riot could materialize, Pittsburgh’s elitist police saved Obama’s hide! There was NO black guy – tall or short! No mutilation/carving on her face – not backward, perfectly…or forward, imperfectly! No McCain bumper sticker (which supposedly enraged the alleged attacker) on Ashley, “The Campaign Worker’s” car! No videotape of her even using that ATM…where the manufactured “assault” took place!

In short, NO CREDIBILITY – just more bad judgment…linked to Senator McCain.

The news made headlines nationwide, and worldwide. (Even China’s News Agency, Xinhua, picked it up!) Police seem to be suggesting that Ashley, “The Campaign Worker’s” tale could have fomented racial tension.

I’m rethinking what I said earlier that “Ashley, The Campaign Worker” is non-elitist? She IS from Texas, so she’s definitely NOT from an elitist East Coast enclave. (Do you see those small houses they build in Texas?) But still, don’t you just get the feeling that she thought she was better than everybody else? She is so, so elitist. It’s just that detectives in Pittsburgh are, alas…more elitister…also!

By the way, Fox News’ executive vice president, John Moody, responding to the campaign worker’s allegations, said:

this incident could become a watershed event in the eleven days before the election. If Ms. Todd’s allegations are proven accurate, some voters may revisit their support for Senator Obama, not because they are racists (with due respect to Rep. John Murtha), but because they suddenly feel they do not know enough about the Democratic nominee. If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

Which one will Moody/Fox…um…run with? on Saturday? Racism…or Race-Baiting? Watershed or Tsunami?

• Former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, who stomped for Mitt Romney, is endorsing Barack Obama! The sign next to him read: “Republicans for Obama”. (Darn, you mean we were that close to seeing: “Republicans for Hillary”?)

I’m sure, somewhere…deep in the heart of Red Country, there’s a sign saying “Democrats for McCain”.

It reads: Those Hoping against Hope McCain Wins So We Can Get a Job in His Administration, (‘cause Democrats can’t wait to Tell Us: “Good Riddance!?”) There was just one person – Connecticut “independent” Senator Joe Lieberman, holding the sign. So it was askew – sort of screw-wy.

Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-Thats all folks!

Elites, the Economy and Judgment

While writing this, Thursday, I watched the U-S Stock Market dance before my eyes!

Thursday’s taglines: Wall Street Goes From Panic To Despair…Stocks Make Third Attempt At Rally…Another Day Of Wild Ups And Downs… Dow Rockets Nearly 200 In Late Surge While NASDAQ Finishes In The Red.

I’m checking it out, online! Wow! That is enough to make a person feel unsettled!

• Gold seems to be falling, too!
Gold futures fell Wednesday to its lowest point for the first time in more than a year. It sank below $710 an ounce. Isn’t Gold THE precious metal people typically see as a safe haven in rough economic times?

• More people filed jobless claims last week.
The Labor Department says new applications for state unemployment benefits rose by 15-thousand (more than expected) in the week ending October 18. Thousands more job cuts have been announced. Analysts lay most of the blame on the financial crisis: tighter credit, rising foreclosures… (also Hurricane Ike). They say the employment outlook for Americans will likely get worse!

• The Web site, which tracks foreclosed homes, has more bad economic data. It says 81-thousand homes were repossessed, last month! RealtyTrac compared foreclosure data (this quarter, with the same time last year), and found that: the number of homeowners facing foreclosure grew by more than 70-percent (July to September)…and nearly a million homes (766-thousand) got at least one foreclosure-related notice.

More than 250-thousand properties were repossessed by lenders nationwide in the third quarter. RealtyTrac expects that more than a million bank-owned properties (about one in every three properties for sale in the U.S) will be repossessed properties! (Better news: Foreclosure filings slowed last month.)

• Even the White House is ‘fessing up! The guys who probably still believe that Iraq HAD (or has) Weapons of Mass Destruction, said Thursday the economy will remain gloomy through at least the end of the year!

• Alan Greenspan calls the current worsening economic crisis: “A once in a century Credit Tsunami.”

(Greenspan is the former Chairman of the Federal Reserve – the one some conservatives, and others? blast for contributing to today’s financial meltdown. They claim he kept interest rates too low, for too long…without regulatory oversight.)

Greenspan testified before congress today (October 23)…on the economic crisis. (Congress is asking past key financial players for their ideas on what caused the gravest financial crisis since the 1930’s…and how they think the government can fix it).

Greenspan says he expected lending institutions to do a good job protecting their shareholders. He’s also slamming “overeager” investors for making subprime mortgages, without worrying that what goes up, will likely come crashing down!

• Now to John McCain’s answers to what you’ve just read:

Q: Senator McCain, if you become president in January, what exactly do you plan to do about any or all of the above?

M: Well, I won’t raise your taxes, like Obama will!

Q: Taxes on what, Senator. It’s looking like I won’t even have a job?

M: Well, Senator Obama is promising to spread the wealth. I won’t! These elitists have enough…also!

Q: Senator, how do you define “elitist”?

M: Er…I defer to my capable running mate on this question…

PALIN: (That’s how SHE described “elite” to NBC’s Brian Williams: (Hasn’t she learned yet – Don’t GIVE any interviews. Nada!)

Oh, I guess just people who think they’re better than anyone else…and, and, John McCain and I are so committed to serving every American, hard-working, middle class Americans who are so desiring of this economy getting…put back on the right track! And winning these wars and America is starting to reach her potential…and that is opportunity and hope provided everyone equally. So anyone who thinks, ah… I guess, that they are better than anyone else, that’s, that’s MY definition of elitism! (Webster: Take note.)

WILIAMS: So, so it’s not education…It’s NOT income-based?

PALIN: Anyone…who thinks they’re better than anyone else!

WILLIAMS: A “State of Mind”? It’s not geography?

PALIN: Of course NOT!

WILLIAMS: (To McCain) Senator?

M: I know where some of them live?

W: Where’s that”?

M : Well, in our nation’s capital…in New York City. I’ve seen it, I’ve lived there…I know the town! I know. I know where a lot of these elitists are…the one’s who…”

For a moment I thought he was going to say: Spend thousands of dollars on clothes at upscale stores like Saks and Niemen Marcus? But he didn’t. Instead, he said:

… (those) she never went to a cocktail party with in Georgetown. I’ve been very frank with you…those who think they can dictate what THEY believe to America, instead of letting Americans decide for themselves”.

That’s making the Bush White House sound extraordinarily “elitist” to me…but what do I know?

No more questions for Senator McCain!

I’m satisfied that HE will NOT raise our taxes or spread the wealth around. He’ll also presumably banish all taxes, ‘cause that’s basically taking from Joe Plumber (when he does get around to actually paying taxes!) and giving it to people like Palin in Alaska.

(That is back when she embraced the “Bridge to Nowhere”, before political expediency turned her against it!). It will be up to wealthy investors from the Middle East, China, Russia and other Sovereign Fund dollars, worldwide…to keep on supporting us. You betcha!

(P/S: The U.S dollar fell against every major currency, EXCEPT for THE SINGAPORE DOLLAR. Hear that Senator McCain? Singapore is preparing to test Senator Obama’s resolve, should HE be elected president. We’re glad you’re sounding that alarm!)

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