Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Creepy Obama Kids Song

Take a look at this creepy "Sing for Change" video. The way these adults and kids worship Obama reminds me of the Hitler Youth.



The lyrics:

"WE'RE GONNA CHANGE THE WORLD"

We're gonna spread happiness
We're gonna spread freedom
Obama's gonna change it
Obama's gonna lead 'em

We're gonna change it
And rearrange it
We're gonna change the world.

"SING FOR CHANGE"

Now's the moment, lift each voice to sing
Sing with all your heart!
For our children, for our families,
Nations all joined as one.
Sing for joy and sing abundant peace,
Courage, justice, hope!
Sing together, hold each precious hand,
Lifting each other up;
Sing for vision, sing for unity,
Lifting our hearts to Sing!

"YES WE CAN"

Yes we can
Lift each other up
In peace, in love, in hope
Change! Change!

Creepy!

Bail-out Bill Fails

With a vote of 205 Ayes, 228 Nays, the massive $700,000,000,000 (700 billion) bail-out bill failed in the U.S. House. Interestingly enough, the vote was about 60%-40% Democrats, and 40%-60% Republicans (ayes-nays).

On Wall Street, the DJIA dropped 777 points; a one-day record plunge.

Where did that $700B figure come from for the bailout? Must-read article on the LA Times "Top of the Ticket" blog:

"It's not based on any particular data point," a Treasury spokeswoman told Forbes.com Tuesday. "We just wanted to choose a really large number."
Amazing. Simply amazing. Secretary Paulson just pulled the $700B figure out of his hat?

[Update]

Interesting side note: several juveniles stole over 40 political yard signs Sunday night in Fort Gibson. They blamed it on the bail-out.

From the Muskogee Phoenix:

One man said the group absconded with the signs in protest of the federal government’s plans to bail out Wall Street banks. He said it was an act of civil disobedience designed to point out what the group of “five patriotic American men” sees as the decay of the democratic process.

“There is no reason to vote anymore because the democratic process is failing,” James J. Cooper said Monday. “These large corporations on Wall Street commit crimes and then expect us to bail them out.”

Cooper, 21, said he and his comrades hoped their acts would spark a public debate about corporate greed run amok. He referred to the group’s actions as patriotic.

Oh really? Sounds like a likely story, doesn't it?

TvPoll Tracking Polls - Week Four

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Presidential Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • McCain - 67.6 (65.8)
  • Obama - 26.5 (26.2)
  • Undecided - 5.9 (8.0)
Poll of 667 Likely Voters, September 20-22, with a MoE of 3.79%. Last polls results in parentheses.
John McCain maintains a nearly 40-point lead over Barack Obama in this latest poll.

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Senate Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • Inhofe - 56.0 (55.0)
  • Rice - 35.5 (33.4)
  • Wallace - 2.6 (1.6)
  • Undecided - 5.8 (10.0)
Poll of 667 Likely Voters, September 20-22, with a MoE of 3.79%. Last polls results in parentheses.
Jim Inhofe continues to hold a 20-point lead over his Democratic opponent.

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Corp. Commission Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • Murphy - 38.3 (45.0)
  • Roth - 29.1 (32.6)
  • Undecided - 32.6 (22.3)
Poll of 816 Likely Voters, September 14, with a MoE of 3.43%. Last polls results in parentheses.
The Corporation Commission race remains extremely fluid, with Murphy falling 7% and Roth dropping 3%. The Undecided column rose by 10 points, the exact number Murphy and Roth fell by.

TvPoll had some interesting commentary on the past few weeks polling for this race:

"Little changed in poll numbers from week one to week two between Corporation Commissioner Candidates Dana Murphy (R) and Jim Roth (D). Both weeks showed a tight race with Murphy in the lead by about 15 points.

Week three, however, concluded with very different results. 24% were in favor of Murphy, 21% in favor of Roth and 55% were undecided in the race for Corporation Commissioner.

What changed? In week one and two, TvPoll.com asked respondents who they were likely to favor when it came time to vote by introducing each candidate along with their party affiliation. To test for party influences, TvPoll.com asked the same question in week three, only this time without differentiating the candidates by party. The difference is significant."

(emphasis mine)
This race will continue to be very fluid.

UPDATE

Voter ID:
  • Democrat - 50.1% (49.6%)
  • Republican - 44.8% (44.5%)
  • Independent -5.0% (5.9%)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Russia to start new miltiary build-up

"Russia is to build new space and missile defence shields and put its armed forces on permanent combat alert, President Medvedev announced yesterday.

In a sharp escalation of military rhetoric, Mr Medvedev ordered a wholesale renovation of Russia’s nuclear deterrence and told military chiefs to draw up plans to reorganise the armed forces by December."

"Russia also openly declared its ambition to rival the US in Latin America yesterday as Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to sell nuclear technology to Venezuela."

Click here for the rest of this must-read.

The Russian Bear is stirring again...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Today's Must-Read Articles

Liberal PACs Ready Attack Ad on McCain’s Health


Two liberal PACs attacking McCain... on melanoma? His last case was in 2000, and doctors give it a 10% chance of coming back.

Pollster says election could end in landslide

Zogby agrees with my analysis of this election... although I don't think he got it from me!

China space mission article hits Web before launch

Well, now we definitely know not to trust the Chinese...

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

BREAKING: John McCain Suspends Campaign to focus on Economy

BREAKING: McCain to suspend campaign.
John McCain's Remarks on the Economic Crisis
New York, NY
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

America this week faces an historic crisis in our financial system. We must pass legislation to address this crisis. If we do not, credit will dry up, with devastating consequences for our economy. People will no longer be able to buy homes and their life savings will be at stake. Businesses will not have enough money to pay their employees. If we do not act, ever corner of our country will be impacted. We cannot allow this to happen.

Last Friday, I laid out my proposal and I have since discussed my priorities and concerns with the bill the Administration has put forward. Senator Obama has expressed his priorities and concerns. This morning, I met with a group of economic advisers to talk about the proposal on the table and the steps that we should take going forward. I have also spoken with members of Congress to hear their perspective.

It has become clear that no consensus has developed to support the Administration's proposal. I do not believe that the plan on the table will pass as it currently stands, and we are running out of time.

Tomorrow morning, I will suspend my campaign and return to Washington after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative. I have spoken to Senator Obama and informed him of my decision and have asked him to join me.

I am calling on the President to convene a meeting with the leadership from both houses of Congress, including Senator Obama and myself. It is time for both parties to come together to solve this problem.

We must meet as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, and we must meet until this crisis is resolved. I am directing my campaign to work with the Obama campaign and the commission on presidential debates to delay Friday night's debate until we have taken action to address this crisis.

I am confident that before the markets open on Monday we can achieve consensus on legislation that will stabilize our financial markets, protect taxpayers and homeowners, and earn the confidence of the American people. All we must do to achieve this is temporarily set politics aside, and I am committed to doing so.

Following September 11th, our national leaders came together at a time of crisis. We must show that kind of patriotism now. Americans across our country lament the fact that partisan divisions in Washington have prevented us from addressing our national challenges. Now is our chance to come together to prove that Washington is once again capable of leading this country.
I think this is a brilliant, risky move on McCain's part. He puts Country First, even during a hot campaign. He's even taking campaign ads off the air, and canceling media interviews. This could make Obama look really bad if doesn't follow suit... (and it gives Sarah Palin even more time to prepare for debates, etc.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

TvPoll Tracking Polls

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Weekly Presidential Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • McCain - 65.8 (68.8)
  • Obama - 26.2 (27.4)
  • Undecided - 8.0 (3.8)
Poll of 667 Likely Voters, September 20-22, with a MoE of 3.79%. Last polls results in parentheses.
John McCain maintains a nearly 40-point lead over Barack Obama in this latest poll.

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Weekly Senate Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • Inhofe - 55.0 (55.7)
  • Rice - 33.4 (30.6)
  • Wallace - 1.6 (4.4)
  • Undecided - 10.0 (9.3)
Poll of 667 Likely Voters, September 20-22, with a MoE of 3.79%. Last polls results in parentheses.
This remains an Inhofe-dominated race.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

AiG Bailout

After the AiG bailout from the Feds, I doubt they'll be running this ad again...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TvPoll/KWTV Weekly Tracking Poll

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Weekly Presidential Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • McCain - 68.8 (65.9)
  • Obama - 27.4 (27.9)
  • Undecided - 3.8 (6.2)
Poll of 816 Likely Voters, September 14, with a MoE of 3.43%. Last polls results in parentheses.
McCain smashes Obama in yet another Oklahoma poll; this time with a 41-point lead. McCain nows lead Obama among Democrats by 4, and among Independents by 22.

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Weekly Senate Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • Inhofe - 55.7 (57.2)
  • Rice - 30.6 (29.2)
  • Wallace - 4.4 (3.6)
  • Undecided - 9.3 (10.0)
Poll of 816 Likely Voters, September 14, with a MoE of 3.43%. Last polls results in parentheses.
Most of the little movement in this race came from Independents, who flipped from Inhofe to Rice (from 50-20, to 25-55). Inhofe holds a very large lead, thwarting Democrat hopes to upset him in November.

TvPoll/KWTV Oklahoma Weekly Corp. Commission Tracking Poll (link)
(Poll details and crosstabs - PDF)
  • Murphy - 45.0 (44.7)
  • Roth - 32.6 (36.1)
  • Undecided - 22.3 (19.2)
Poll of 816 Likely Voters, September 14, with a MoE of 3.43%. Last polls results in parentheses.
Dana Murphy continues to hold a lead in the Corporation Commission race, extending it by nearly four points this week. The large percentage of undecideds is easily attributed to the lack of attention paid to this race so far, and the relative lack of knowledge of the Corporation Commission in general. Most of the movement in the numbers came from Democrats; Murphy gained 5%, and Roth lost 8%.

UPDATE

Voter ID:
  • Democrat - 49.6% (50.1%)
  • Republican - 44.5% (43.4%)
  • Independent -5.9% (6.5%)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Dems: Barack Obama = Jesus, Sarah Palin = Pontius Pilate

(H/T to Race42008.com)



The Obama campaign is getting desperate. The Democrats are in full blown panic mode now. I'm issuing a "McCain Landslide Watch" for the November election...

Also from Kavon at Race42008:



The talk hosts get put in their place by Mike Gravel, former Democrat Senator, and Democrat and Libertarian Presidential candidate. Boy, were they in a hurry to get him off the air! (Warning: one instance of bad language at 5:06)

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

McCain, Inhofe up big in Oklahoma

SurveyUSA poll conducted two polls for KFOR-TV, between September 5th and 7th.

U.S. Senate Race (MoE +/- 3.9%):

Jim Inhofe (R) - 56%
Andrew Rice (D) - 34%
Stephen Wallace (I) - 6%
Undecided - 4%

Presidential Race (MoE +/- 3.7%):

McCain (R) - 65%
Obama (D) - 32%
Other - 1%
Undecided - 2%

Notes: McCain and Inhofe performed better in the Eastern half of the state; Obama and Rice performed worse there.

Monday, September 8, 2008

McCain Beats Obama in Viewers

Nielsen:
"On Thursday night, John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention bested Barack Obama’s record-breaking viewership numbers from last week by 500,000 viewers.

More than 38.9 million people tuned in to coverage of the final night of the GOP convention. In comparison, Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic convention drew 38.4 million viewers.

McCain Jumps to Lead

USA Today/Gallup General Election Poll, conducted Sept. 5th-7th, 2008

Likely Voters:

  • McCain/Palin 54%
  • Obama/Biden 44%

Registered Voters:

  • McCain/Palin 50%
  • Obama/Biden 46%

The survey of 1,022 adults, including 959 registered voters, has a margin of error of +/— 3 points for both samples.


This is huge, folks. McCain/Palin has eliminated Obama/Biden's convention bump, and added some. To be over 50% at this point is amazing; Obama has only broken 50 in a few polls, and typically was 50%-51% among likelies.

A ten-point lead among likely voters is huge for McCain, the candidate who was dead-in-the-water scarcely a year ago. It's huge for any candidate.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Odd Headline

Here's an odd headline earlier today from the Muskogee Phoenix:
"Man guilty of killing teen stepdaughter again"
I think they meant he was found guilty again, not that he killed her again.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Palin's Audience Rival's Obama's

More than 40 million tune into Palin's speech
Both Palin and Obama reached about the same number of viewers


According to the AP, over 40 million viewers watch Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin's acceptence speech Wednesday night.

Nielsen Media Research estimated that 37.2 million people watch her speak on either ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Fox News, or MSNBC. PBS estimated about 4 million viewers on their channel.

In contrast, Barack Obama's acceptence speech had an estimated 38.4 viewers on 10 channels (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, BET, TV One, Univision and Telemundo); over 40 million when PBS and C-SPAN are added.

From E! Online:
But channel for channel, Palin was the bigger draw.

Obama's speech averaged 3.8 million viewers for each of the 10 broadcast and cable networks counted by Nielsen. Palin's speech, which was carried live by four fewer networks, averaged 6.2 million.

Obama: I Have More Executive Experience Than Palin

Barack Obama contends that he is more experienced in executive matters than Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because he has managed his presidential campaign for the past 18 months.

“Well, my understanding is that Governor Palin’s town of Wasilly [sic] has, I think, 50 employees. We’ve got 2,500 in this campaign. I think their budget is maybe $12 million a year. You know, we have a budget of about three times that just for the month. So I think that our ability to manage large systems and to execute I think has been made clear over the last couple of years,” Obama said.

(from FoxNews.com)

Obama mispronounced Wasilla, the town where Palin was mayor. You know, he doesn't like small towns.

He also refused to acknowledge she is governor of Alaska, a state that had a $9B budget surplus this year, and has over 24,000 employees scattered over the largest state in the Union.