Land of the Free – Not Kenya

Today in Nairobi Kenya the American author of a best-selling book attacking Barack Obama, Jerome Corsi, who wrote The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality. He was picked up by police, briefly detained at immigration headquarters before being brought to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for deportation. This is a real life example of why our system is truly free. Corsi book claims Obama is unfit for the presidency so he was being deported. He had been scheduled to launch his book Tuesday in Kenya, where the Democratic U.S. presidential candidate is popular. The book claims Obama is a dangerous, radical candidate for president that he was raised a Muslim and attended a radical black church. Obama’s father was a Kenyan economist and the candidate is considered by many Kenyans as a native son. The claim is that he did not have a work permit, we see this as another country that makes rules up as they go along, using them as they see fit. Obama is a rock star in Kenya and they were not going to let this guy tarnish his reputation. Every time we hear a story like this it makes the freedoms we hold dear in the United States mean so much. You cannot be shutdown because your opinion is unpopular. Every voice has the right to protest and participate in any gathering. We do not even deport immigrants as there is about 13 million roaming American streets today. Diverse opinion is what makes a country strong and Kenya should be ashamed of taking a stance like this.

VP Debate Insider vs. Outsider

Last nights debate from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri moderated by Gwen Ifill. This was the first and the only 2008 vice presidential debate between the Republican nominee, Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, and the Democratic nominee, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware. We are not going to bother with who won or who lost. These debates are only filled with talking point “x” to match keyword question “x”. What was different for a republican was her down home approach to Main Street she referred to “go to a kid’s soccer game on Saturday,” and “Joe Six Pack, hockey moms across the nation.” She also used simple straight-ahead approach in trying to convey a message “But I will tell Americans straight up” and “learn from the mistakes and blunders we have seen in the war in Iraq” these are phrases that have long been missing from presidential debates. Then there were her folksy, down home style of phrasing that she used, “Darn right it was the predator lenders”, “darn right we need tax relief for Americans”, “Tillerson at Exxon and Mulva at ConocoPhillips, bless their hearts” “That’s where the Main Streeters like me.”  where a few classic touches. She used a refreshing style that lent itself to a person talking to you in a coffee shop with things like “we both love Israel, and I think that is a good thing”,“Oh, yeah, it’s so obvious I’m a Washington outsider”, and “a little bit of reality from Wasilla Main Street.” She made her debate style of using a simple language we all use instead of trying to say the perfect word, so she spoke like an average human being. Things like “Say it ain’t so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again”, “Now doggone it, let’s look ahead”, “we have folks of all political persuasion in there”  and “Middle-class, average, everyday American family like mine.” If you are wondering, they used the word maverick a total of 13 times, only five for Governor Sarah Palin, and eight for Senator Joe Biden. The only problem is this is the one time this is going to happen; it would be interesting to see if she could hold up this routine another night. This also might crumble in a Lincoln-Douglas debate, but that does not matter we will never see that ever again.

Countdown to the second presidential debate 5 days
Countdown to the third presidential debate: 14 days
Countdown to Election Day 2008: 33 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 110 days

Been hidin’ out
And layin’ low 
It’s nothing new to me
W. Axl Rose Out to Get Me (1987)

Debate Ratings Surprise

Here is some good news for ABC for whatever reason, which we have no idea why. On this the day of the Vice Presidential, debate from St. Louis, Missouri that will be moderated by Gwen Ifill. The first debate between McCain and Obama was ratings win for which network, ABC. That is right we said ABC, why we do not know but numbers do not lie. During the nine pm hour on that Friday night which includes the actual debate. This is not the talking heads before; this was the actual face-to-face debate. The rating for the alphabet net was a 6.4/10 against NBC 4.9/8, and CBS 4.8/8. This is impressive and is a credit to the strides the news department at ABC has made. The coverage was hosted by Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos, although for this hour there were not even on the screen. The terribly week CBS news department is the reason they are number three you can blame anyone from Bob Schieffer to Katie Couric. The vacuum that was left by the death of Tim Russert at NBC and the guilt by association with MSNBC could be the reason for the lag over there. This could even be because the viewer watches that channel for late local news. This will be an interesting ratings war to watch, as it has nothing to do with people, opinion, or a Fox, CNN type battle. In an interesting side note, will the debate over the next leader of the free world the plenty of people who choose to watch CW showing of Smackdown had received a rating of 2.5/4.

Countdown to the vice presidential debate: Tonight
Countdown to the second presidential debate 7 days
Countdown to the third presidential debate: 15 days
Countdown to Election Day 2008: 34 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 111 days

Said I’m a mean machine
Been drinkin’ gasoline
An honey you can make my motor hum
W.Axl Rose Nightrain (1987)

McCain vs. Obama Debate I

There was no great sound byte, there was no knockout punches, no heavy punches, and each candidate did exactly what you would expect. McCain pushing the lack of experience card while Obama fired back with lack of judgment. We did not see either guy really beating the other that is until we changed the channel. On Fox although they said McCain got off to slow start he scored more points with his answers and clearly hit his stride in the second half. CNN said that it was pretty even although it seemed Obama spent much of the later debate on the defensive which he held his own. Bill Maher show on HBO he said the Obama cleaned the floor with McCain and when his guest said it was close he claimed they did not see what he had seen. The democrats has 22 debates and they have made Obama stronger a Clinton worker on Hannity and Colmbes said they tried to hammer him with experience but he would always fire back about judgment. This is really the best time of the year as any slip up here could cost the candidate the whole shooting match. McCain is going to need another strategy if he wants a knockout punch it is clear Obama has been tested on these issues and people find his answers credible. Obama needs to pour over the McCain record as being in the senate so long he must have flip-flopped on many issues. If there was one point where it did get nasty enough for one man to hurt the other it was over negotiations with terrorist states. McCain dropped twice that Iran has said they want to destroy Israel; Obama never repeated this and said that he was in favor of talks with all nations no matter how crazy. Eleven days from now we will get to do it again, although if we had to guess it will be more than likely the same under a different format.
Countdown to the vice presidential debate: 4 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 38 days
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Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)

My Poll, Your Poll, Pick a Poll

We came into work today at Tea512 and were encouraged that the latest Zogby poll has the presidential race McCain 46 and Obama 44. We support McCain but as political fun, a close race is best. Therefore, when announcing this good news another member of the team said they heard this morning the CBS News – New York Times poll had Obama ahead 47-42. Consequently, we started checking this out, you can find a poll that says anything you want. The part that makes this useless is the sample. Most of these polls only sample 1000 people. The other thing is they sample likely voters and registered voters. For this reason, a simple search we found the Zogby results asked 4,752 likely voters. The CBS News – New York Times poll was of 1000 registered voters. Then there is a Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll this has Obama at 49% of the vote, McCain with 46%. This is a telephone survey of 1,000 likely voters. The latest Gallup Poll result was John McCain gaining ground being tied with Obama among registered voters each getting 46%. They have results from interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide. Then there is the Fox Presidential Tracking Poll they have Obama with 45% and McCain 39% they get these results from 900 likely voters. We found the Battleground Tracking Presidential Poll the only one Obama is losing, he is one point behind McCain 48% to 47%, there results are from 1000 likely voters. Lastly there is CNN poll, where Obama is at 51%, McCain 47% they polled 697 likely voters. The problem is the sample is so small, you probably cannot get more than 1000 people to answer the question everyday. We also wonder if they call the same 1000 people everyday. It is silly to think these have any meaning and we can now see why. The last presidential election 121,068,715 people voted. When you do the math the percentage of this many people equals 0.0008259772146751536. There is no way it can ever be an indicator. So as a McCain supporter let us go with the Battleground tracking poll today. Check back tomorrow and we will see which poll we like that day. The old saying the only poll that counts is on November 4th sounds like only truth to us.

Countdown to the first presidential debate: today
Countdown to the vice presidential debate: 6 days
Countdown to the second presidential debate 13 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 40 days
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Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)

President speaks to Nation

President George Bush went out on national primetime television to cheer on the bailout. The administration has a three page proposal which is pretty much dead in the water. The Democrats have a 42 page proposal that includes oversight, and restrictions on golden parachutes and limits.  The President appeared visually shaken as he had to admit the entire economy is in danger. He said the goal of the bailout is government would buy up troubled assets so that credit can start to flow again triggering the economy to rebound. After eight years in office two ridged nail biting elections, two wars, two national disasters, the president looks exhausted. There always an aging that comes over a president as he deals with things from the biggest desk in the world. It seems that the toll on President Bush has made him a lot less virile and confident then in years past. He spoke with the same conviction, the same unapologetic tone that there is no one in his administration at fault. He said that if we did not act fast without this bailout the country would face a long and painful recession. You thought that was what this was didn’t you? These are trying times for President Bush as you can tell when he put out an olive branch to McCain, Obama and Congress to negotiate in the White House on Thursday. The rub is over the number 700 billion and how much is given out immediately. The administration think the best approach is one feel swoop and move forward. The Democrats believe 150 – 200 billion to start and see where that leads. There was nothing more said tonight that you did not know already from watching the news today. The one thing that was clear, those bumper stickers Democrats have on their cars that say 1.20.09 as the day they cannot wait for President Bush to leave office. We got the feeling watching the President tonight he cannot wait for that date himself.

Thomas L. Friedman off the rails

We at Tea512 take being American seriously; we love the freedom and the ideals of this country. There are times you hear things that make you scratch your head. Then there are other times, you want to kick a hole in the TV screen. Last night on the Glenn Beck Show, he had on Thomas L. Friedman as a guest. Friedman was on shilling his new book Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution–and How It Can Renew America. He is an opinion writer for the New York Times. His theory is that this countries government is too big to get anything done. He wishes we could be like China for a while, as it would be easier to get thing accomplished. Can you be anymore of shithead! China, did he actually use a communist country as a way to get things done? You must be kidding, if this was China even for a day, we would not be able to write this, and even if we posted to the Internet, nobody would be able to read it. Then let us look at Friedman’s life, he would not be able to write things in the NYT and hide behind freedom of speech. He would not have been able to be a reporter from foreign lands giving the real scoop on the effort, only saying what the government wanted him to say. He would not be working for one of the biggest and most recognized media conglomerates in the world, he would be working for a state agency. This is so insane on every level. The country may be two big to get everyone to agree on a correct course of action, but that is because everyone’s voice is heard. In China, it is one-person rule by party (Communist) but there is no will of the people. This is what makes America great and why people still flock her looking for freedom. It is why when they found Saddam Hussein in a nine-foot square hole in the middle of 167,400 square miles; he had a suitcase with American currency, Benjamin Franklins. Thomas L. Friedman was born in Minnesota he went to Brandeis University, received a B.A. degree in Mediterranean studies then a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Middle East studies from Oxford. We believe without any apprehension, Mr. Friedman there is no way any American problem can or should be solved by being China for a day.

Countdown to the first presidential debate: 2 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 42 days
Countdown to Inauguration Day 2009: 119 days

Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)

Sounds Like A Fair Fight

Here is a double shot for you to start the week off right (against the right). We learned that the FBI is looking into a young man in Tennessee for the hacking of Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s personal e-mail account. The person name is David Kernell which would be no big deal except for it turns out he is the son of Tennessee state Representative Mike Kernell. Kernell is a Memphis Democrat and chairman of the House Government Operations Committee. We did not have any information on the age of David. The other side of your double shot is Al Franken who is trying to run for senator of Minnesota. He does not have enough to do running for election with only 43 days until the election. He called SNL to pitch an idea to make fun of John McCain. They not only used the skit they used it in the first half hour. Before everyone fell asleep waiting for the music act to play. We tell you these stories because we know they will be swept under the rug a quick as they appear. There is not a left wing bias unless you want to believe a national television show, can have a person running for office, calling in to poke humor at the opposing party. Then you could also blind your children by making them think winning at whatever cost against your party’s opponent is all right. Even when we are talking invasion of privacy and stealing. This is all fair game because of the big evil machine that is the Republican Party as they would do these things as well if they could. There is a rub, SNL would not take the call from a Republican, and if they hacked a democrat’s email, they would demand the person be strung up by the Patriot Act.

Countdown to the first presidential debate: 3 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 43 days
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Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)

Sarah Palin Yahoo Email

Starting on Thursday this week we started to get more details on the hacking of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, Yahoo e-mail account. This turned out not be some elaborate black hat or a Watergate type sting. The person still unmanned but I would believe by the middle of next week we will find out about the arrest. The person used an Internet café in Athens, GA. The person exploited a huge hole in the forgot-my-password feature in Yahoo email. You only need to verify your identity by confirming personal information like birthday, zip code and then answer a secret question you gave them during signup. Reports are the person was asked to guess where she met her husband. The great part of this story is the way Yahoo has been silent. They actually said this week no comment because of Palin’s privacy and the sensitivity of such investigations. Are they kidding? The reason we are even talking about is because Yahoo has no privacy. This is really something because of Alaska Open Record Act government email can be released to the public. So on one side Yahoo has been exposed as all free email accounts with millions of users. We at Tea512 would be remiss if we did not hammer the Democrats who are crazy about the Patriot Act, they think Dick Cheney is listening to them order a pizza and logging the call. This situation is a tremendous invasion of privacy, stealing, impersonation using electronic media, and fraud. This they do not seem to have a problem with at all.

Countdown to the first presidential debate: 5 days
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Countdown to the second presidential debate 16 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 45 days
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Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)

Zardari get on board, or get out of the way

Today a report from Islambad, Pakistan from their new President Asif Ali Zardari, claiming his nation will not tolerate a violation of their sovereignty by any power (insert US here) in the name of fighting terrorism. Zardari, is the widow of slain ex-Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, he made the comments Saturday in a speech to a joint session of Parliament. President Asif Ali Zardari leads the main ruling party and was elected president earlier this month. Up until this statement he has been considered pro-American and has warned that battling terrorism is Pakistan’s chief challenge. We at tea512 believe that if this was true he would step out of the way and let the American forces roam through the baron mountainous region to find suspected targets. This could lead to joint venture of strikes on these targets. We would not suggest American troops could run through the countryside causing destruction at will without the involvement of the Pakistani government. These statements made by the president maybe what got him elected. They maybe what his country wants to hear, but if terrorism is to be rooted out it needs to be disrupted. There is no way to find every wacko no matter where they hide. You must be proactive in the appearance of the hunt and search, giving the threat the terrorists can never feel safe. Pakistan has nuclear weapons and so does Israel we are the only thing keeping the two apart. Zardari had better get in step or Pakistan will find themselves considered a state that is harboring terrorists and that is not a place you want to be just ask Saddam Hussein, oh yea you cant.

Countdown to the first presidential debate: 6 days
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Countdown to Election Day 2008: 46 days
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Locomotive / W. Axl Rose (1991)