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Ok…So it is really no surprise when papers like The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The LA Times came out for Obama for president — but the Anchorage Daily News? Governor Sarah Palin lost the endorsement of her hometown paper – Alaska’s biggest newspaper.

For the first time ever, an Alaskan is making a serious bid for national office, and in doing so she brings broad attention and recognition not only to herself, but also to the state she leads.

Many Alaskans are proud to see their governor, and their state, so prominent on the national stage.

Gov. Palin’s nomination clearly alters the landscape for Alaskans as we survey this race for the presidency — but it does not overwhelm all other judgment. The election, after all is said and done, is not about Sarah Palin, and our sober view is that her running mate, Sen. John McCain, is the wrong choice for president at this critical time for our nation.

Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office. In a time of grave economic crisis, he displays thoughtful analysis, enlists wise counsel and operates with a cool, steady hand. The same cannot be said of Sen. McCain.

Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career. Passionate, charismatic and indefatigable, she draws huge crowds and sows excitement in her wake. She has made it clear she’s a force to be reckoned with, and you can be sure politicians and political professionals across the country have taken note. Her future, in Alaska and on the national stage, seems certain to be played out in the limelight.

Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time.

“If the incident turns out to be a hoax, Senator McCain’s quest for the presidency is over, forever linked to race-baiting.”

If Fox News is so disgusted that IT says this about McCain when the reports first came out…… then I guess it’s over.

Ok… so someday you hope to be making $250,000…

So you’re mad at the Obama tax cut which helps you now?…


I suppose that is what happens when running a troubled campaign and one grasps at straws…  Sort of like a surprise VP nomination, right?

Four years of impulsive guesses does not make a viable strategy….

I was hoping some of my Republican friends could shed some light on what has happened within their party…

It is as if they woke up and realized while they were passed out, everyone left their party and didn’t bother waking them when they left… They were there just for the free beer.

I guess they are just discovering that they are losers all along….

You have probably heard the reports echoing up and down the campaign trail.  No matter how the political leaders try to keep their rallies civilized, the people showing up are demanding only blood…. not truth, not forgiveness, none of their esteemed Christian values whatsoever… Like thirsty Romans at a Christian beheading they scream and yell for “no quarters”…..

The Republican party has lost its soul…

They are pathetic.

They are sick.

Just for fun, I thought I would visit Fox News to see how they would try to spin this element of hate into a glorious celebration of the raw spirit that makes America what it is…

I was shocked…

They too, condemned it……. like everyone else….

No I don’t need to tell you, that if Fox News condemns the Republican Party, then Republicans MUST REALLY SUCK.

Don’t waste your time calling me partisan… tell it to Fox News….

McCain is trying to tone down the over-the-top, extremist and bigoted rhetoric coming from his supporters with a simple message “it’s got to be respectful.” It did not go over that well among some of his hardcore Republican base who repeatedly booed the GOP nominee and that message today. It was really a must see.

First of all, I want to be president of the United States and obviously I do not want Senator Obama to be, but I have to tell you. I have to tell you, he is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared as president of the United States.” (BOOS)

“He was booed multiple times for calling for respect and at one point had to grab the mic from one supporter who called Obama an Arab and defended him as a “decent family man citizen.”

His first call for civility after being asked for a “real fight” next Wednesday captures it:

17:41:57 And we want to fight, and I will fight but we will be respectful. I admire Senator Obama and his accomplishments. I will respect him (BOOOOOOSSS) and I want—- (BOOS) 17:42:10 I want everyone to be respectful and let make sure we are because that’s the way politics should be conducted. So lets make sure that we are all respectful.

There appears to be one Republican who is maintaining his composure in the midst of this mob frenzy, and that is John McCain himself….

But those wackos in his party… The ones who haven’t a clue…

Can Hube, Burris, Frank Knotts, John Feroce, Shirley, David Anderson, possibly explain to the rest of us what has happen to their party; why it has suddenly lost its mind and is flailing about without any coordination or control?

No way can a Republican be trusted in any position of power….if this is what they are…

So says Fox News.

Remember when you were growing up, that boy who would throw rocks at you as you walked up the street, then run into his house and slam the door?

That is John McCain…

Here is what some are saying….

“John McCain could not bring himself to look Barack Obama in the eye and say the same things to him,” he added. “Well in my neighborhood, when you’ve got something to say to a guy, you look him in the eye and you say it to him!”

We’ll see whether or not he has the balls to be president during his last debate next Wednesday….

If he can’t stand up to Obama, how on earth can he do anything but crumble before the Russians or the Chinese?

Sarah Palin: a seventy-two heartbeat away from being the President of the United States.

Again, one must question what on earth McCain was thinking?

And whether that questionable type of judgment, is what this nation needs during a financial crises whose impact upon the globe, will rival that of World War II?

So shouts one of Delaware’s more respectable bloggers…

Oh, no. The depression sets in. It’s time to switch my party affliation for apparently Obama’s tax plan will cost us way too much…. Alas, he was doing so well….

But I wondered how that could be? For within the last week I had posted this chart showing exactly how Obama’s and McCain’s tax plans would affect each economic layer of taxpayers.

And what exactly is a Marginal Tax Rate, anyway… I had thought I had heard of everything by now?

The marginal Tax Rate is defined as the amount of tax you would pay on your last dollar of income…

If you make $25,000 it would be the rate you paid on that 25,000th dollar. The same if you made $50,000, $100,000 or $100,000,000. Whatever that last dollar is that you earned, the rate of tax is what is measured…

To see the silliness of this example, take Charlie Copeland’s first $250,000… On his first dollar he pays no tax… The pays very little up until he crosses $100,000. He then pays more after $150,000 and still more after $200,000. He then pays more on his last dollar as it crosses the $250,000 barrier. Darn, if only he had made 249,999 dollars instead…. 🙂

But Charlie doesn’t bother knowing all this… He just turns to the tax table in is IRS guide and pencils in the amount of tax his category is given… Of course someone in a land, far, far away used all those calculations to determine what that amount actually was, but……. in real life… there is no such thing as a marginal tax rate…. ( There actually is, but as you see, practically speaking, it is rather irrelevant..) You pay the averaged, or effective, rate…

So why is this even being brought up? The headline gives it away… It might swing votes for those unknowing as was I until just a few moments ago, as to what exactly a marginal tax rate…..was…

In truth, this figure was pulled because it was the only one which could be found, to support Palin’s and McCain’s assertion that Obama would cost more in taxes… The headline is BS; one our local poster should have caught…

Of course Obama will cost some people more in taxes… Thank heavens! But it will only be those that can well afford it… Isn’t it about time they finally ante up for once, and pay their fair share of the tax burden? Now, because of Republican policies, the rest of us today are just struggling to survive. We sure can’t help bail out our government that put itself into debt just to make those favorite few, wealthy beyond all dreams…..

You can tell a lot about a person by who they choose to have around them… Obama chose Biden; McCain chose Palin.

One choice was based on a rational reasonability. The other was a spur of the moment emotion.

I was reading today on Warren Buffet’s involvement in trying to stablize our crises…. He is doing a good job. He was mentioned as Obama’s pick to solve the bailout problem…

McCain’s economic advisor, until he called Americans a bunch of whiners: (“Boo Hoo… forty percent of my retirement is gone…”) just happen to be the one who created the environment allowing this mess to even happen at all… His sneaking through the Commodities Futures Modernization Act without a vote, is why we are today, scrambling to throw money we do not have, into a bottomless pit…

Yep, you can tell a lot about a person by whom they pick to have around them….

As the stock market falls 300 points on a daily basis, one hears very little about any one of the Republican candidates these days…

Hube is now all about Obama. Shirley is mostly about Obama. Steve is occasionally about Obama.  Duffy is all about Obama. Rick Jensen is all about Obama.  On the nationals, Hannity, Limbaugh, Ingrahm are all about Obama…

If someone wanted to find out about one John McCain, they couldn’t.

So why on earth would someone remotely think of voting for someone they never hear about?

Conversely this Obama guy must be a really hot piece of property to have become the sole topic of this nation’s conversation.

On Tuesday’s debate, McCain said he knew what to do about the mortgage crises… He would buy up at risk mortgages.

He then said that so that banks do not benefit from their debonair wtf loan lending philosophy, they should be penelized by selling the loans at a discount to the Fed, thereby not profiting at least from their error, and saving the taxpayer tons of money over the long haul.

The next day the campaign clarified his words..  The Fed would buy mortgages at their full amount, guaranteeing the full amount of profit to those who callously made the risky loans in the first place.

Obviously, Phil Gramm called him overnight… “Mr. President, our financial supporters think you’ve lost it when earlier this evening you said they should have to lose some money…  ‘What is he senile?’ was an actual quote that was given.  They are ready to go over to the other side unless we backtrack on that comment.  The only think keeping them in our pocket is this give away that is soooo lucretive to them, that their curiousity will keep them hanging on, until we get past November….”

So the campaign shifted… Once again, we were told one thing, and given another…  On the day of the crises, McCain said the economy was sound… Two hours later he said we were in our deepest crises ever…..  Probably another phone call from Phil Gramm….

In shifting times when nothing is stable, America needs solid leadership now more than ever…

As America has taken its hits, one man has stayed clear eyed with his hand to the ship’s wheel….

Watching him side by side against McCain, it becomes obvious that McCain has no clue of his own… He, once a great man, is now solely under the newest influence of whatever Gramm tells him…

McCain is out of his league.