Sep 20, 2008

Obama: racial problem with white Democrats

There is an AP-Yahoo News poll conducted with Stanford University showing that one-third of white Democrats harbor negative views toward blacks—many calling them "lazy," "violent" or responsible for their own troubles.

These deep-seated racial misgivings could cost Barack Obama the White House if the election is close.

The poll suggests that the percentage of voters who may turn away from Obama because of his race could easily be larger than the final difference between the candidates in 2004—about 2.5 percentage points.

More than a third of all white Democrats and independents—voters Obama can't win the White House without—agreed with at least one negative adjective about blacks, according to the survey, and they are significantly less likely to vote for Obama than those who don't have such views.


ABC with vendetta against Sarah Palin?

You’d think Sarah Palin was the only one running for office this fall. She isn’t of course but you’d never know it by searching the Internet for ABC postings.

Evidently ABC views her as the greatest threat to prevent Barack Obama from moving into the White House in January.

As an ardent Obama supporter, it is no wonder then that Palin appears in more ABC negative stories than any of the others. Obama has had no negative stories. The tally is shown below:

Palin: 24
McCain: 2
Biden: 1
Obama: 0

One can only conclude that ABC is indeed trying to destroy Sarah Palin.


Microsoft kills Seinfeld - Gates advertisements

The uninspiring Microsoft ads with Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld will end about as fast as they began.

The ads have been largely panned as a strained effort on the software giant's part to not only promote Windows but also portray Microsoft as cool and in touch with regular consumers -- basically, to counter the stodgy image painted in Apple's “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” ads.


Change we can believe in

Sep 19, 2008

Lieberman tweaks the donkey’s nose - again

Senator Joe Lieberman's latest provocation is a resolution declaring the recently completed troop surge in Iraq a "strategic success."

The white flag waving “cut and run” Democrats in the Senate can’t admit the surge in Iraq has been a success.

And this is just two weeks after he angered Senate Democrats with his speech at the Republican National Convention.

But with their party's razor-thin majority in the Senate, and because Lieberman (pictured) caucuses with the Democrats, they are unlikely to do much to punish the senator from Connecticut.

More of the story here.

Palin smear losing traction in Alaska

There is a report at the link below titled, Troopergate probe appears to be unraveling.

Maybe it's unraveling because the chief witch-hunter announced proudly that "there will be an October surprise!" revealing him to be very partisan.

Or, maybe it’s unraveling because it wasn’t raveled in the first place and the probe is really just a witch-hunt.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist ferret out the real story here.

Without left-wing media spin, it’s about the firing of a trooper who was never fired.

It’s also about the firing of a commissioner who served at the will of the governor but preferred to serve his former boss instead, hoping to engineer an October surprise to help put Barack Obama in the White House.

Democratic Senator Hollis French (pictured), who started all this, has suddenly gone quiet as the probe loses traction.

There will undoubtedly be an open seat in the next election or there will be an easy victory for almost any Republican running against Senator Hollis French.

A Lucianne comment:

Troopergate was a Bill Clinton scandal. It was when he had Arkansas state troopers bringing women to him while he was Governor.

This is tasergate. A trooper who should have been jailed for tasering a 10 year old child, drinking alcohol in his patrol car and threatening bodily harm to his ex-wife's parents.

Only in the liberal media is a State Trooper who tasered his son and threatened the life of the father of a Governor treated as a victim while Obama's Pastor of 20 years (who just happens to be a vicious anti-semitic and anti-American racist) is celebrated as a hero.


Cable News Race: Viewership 9-18-08

Number of viewers September 18, 2008

FOX News - Sean Hannity 4,921,000
FOX News - O'Reilly 3,839,000
FOX News - Greta Van Susteren 3,561,000
FOX News - Shepard Smith 2,184,000
FOX News - Brit Hume 2,108,000
MSNBC - Keith Olbermann 1,854,000
CNN - Anderson Cooper 1,719,000
MSNBC - Rachel Maddow 1,716,000
CNN - Larry King 1,646,000
MSNBC - Chris Matthews 1,145,000


Judge throws out baggy pants ban

A judge in south Florida reigns in actions of “fashion police.”

A Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning baggy pants that show off the wearer's underwear, local media reported Tuesday.

The law banning so-called "saggy pants" was approved by city voters in March after supporters of the bill collected nearly 5,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

A 17-year-old spent a night in jail last week after police arrested him for wearing low pants in Riviera Beach, southeast Florida.

The teen would have received a 150 dollars fine or community service.

Your honor, we now have the fashion police," added public defender Carol Bickerstaff, who asked the law be declared "unconstitutional."

The judge agreed with Bickerstaff.


Tennessee politician son contacted about hacking Palin e-mails

Democratic State Representative Mike Kernell said that he was aware that his son David is under investigation for hacking into the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

More of the story here. Photo of David Kernell here.

Sep 18, 2008

One trip grip grocery bag holder

Paper or plastic? Your answer will be plastic every time if you spring for this grocery bag holder.

For only four bucks you can throw your shoulder out of joint lugging your groceries home all in one trip.

The web site says:

With a 50 lb. capacity, you'll be able to carry your groceries in with ease.

Surely they are using the term ‘with ease’ rather loosly.


Second childhood: mom uses daughters ID to be cheerleader

A 33-year-old Green Bay, Wisconsin woman was charged with stealing her daughter's identity to attend high school and join the cheerleading team.

Wendy Brown faces a felony identity theft charge after enrolling in Ashwaubenon High School as her 15-year-old daughter, who lives in Nevada with Brown's mother.

Ms Brown wanted to get her high school degree and be a cheerleader because she had no childhood and was trying to regain a part of her life she missed.

In addition to the identity theft charge, Brown is facing a bad check charge. The $134.50 check she gave to the cheerleading coach for her uniform bounced.


Guinness record: the long and the short of it

This year's version of "Guinness World Records 2009" is due out Wednesday.

To publicize the release, the world’s shortest man and the world’s leggiest woman met in London’s Trafalgar Square for a promotional appearance.

He Pingping of China stands precisely 2 feet 5.37 inches tall.

The 20-year-old was born with a type of dwarfism. He called Svetlana Pankratova's legs "very beautiful."

Pankratova, 36, who is Russian but lives in Spain, has legs that are nearly 52 inches long, or more than 4 feet long. Her upper body has nearly typical proportions, giving her a giraffe-like appearance.

She isn't the tallest woman on record but has the longest legs of any woman.


Sep 17, 2008

Report: technology can be ‘berry’ addictive

A study of 6,500 traveling executives, done by Sheraton hotels, found that 35 percent of them would choose their PDA over their spouse.

Of all the possible things that can come between spouses, you can now add BlackBerrys -- or more precisely -- BlackBerry addiction to the list.

The study reveals BlackBerry's are becoming -- among other things -- the 800-pound gorilla in the bedroom.

"It can actually ruin relationships," said Dr. Susan Bartell, a psychologist and relationship expert. Bartell said couples should be interfacing more, but with each other.

"People are so focused on their PDAs, they're not focusing on what might be going wrong in their relationships," Bartell said.


The “living in a garbage truck” hoax - revisited

Have you seen this hoax on the Internet, or maybe received it by e-mail?

The story of a garbage truck converted to a motor home has been posted several places on the Internet.

It is still making the rounds. It was incorrect when it stated and is still incorrect.

It’s a TerraCross Home on Wheels made by UNICAT. The TerraCross web site is here. The UNICAT home page is here.

The myth buster web site is here.

Obama sets up teleprompter in rodeo ring!

Barack Obama (pictured) doesn’t go anywhere without his teleprompter.

That was never more evident than when he made his usual pronouncements in Colorado.

CNN reports:

The Illinois senator used a teleprompter at both his Colorado events Monday — making for a particularly peculiar scene in Pueblo, where the prompter was set up in the middle of what is normally a rodeo ring.

He won’t be able to use the prompter during the debates but maybe his aides can figure out a way to give him the answers electronically.

Can’t have him saying he “campaigned in 57 states” during the debates, now can we?


Sep 16, 2008

John Stewart mocks Obama DNC speech

John Stewart from the Daily Show made his own version of the Barack acceptance speech at the Denver Democratic National Convention.

(click on picture to see video)

Old Farmer's Almanac predicts global cooling for next half century

That sound you hear is Al Gore slamming his phone against the wall after canceling his subscription to the Old Farmer's Almanac.

A report at the link below says:

For the near future, the Almanac predicts most of the country will be colder than normal in the coming winter, with heavy snow from the Ozarks into southern New England. Snow also is forecast for northern Texas, with a warmer than usual winter in the northern Plains.

The Old Farmer's Almanac is going further out on a limb than usual this year, not only forecasting a cooler winter, but looking ahead decades to suggest we are in for global cooling, not warming.

Based on the same time-honored, complex calculations it uses to predict weather, the Almanac hits the newsstands on Tuesday saying a study of solar activity and corresponding records on ocean temperatures and climate point to a cooler, not warmer, climate, for perhaps the next half century.

The Old Farmer's Almanac was Established in 1792 and is North America's oldest continuously published periodical.

It still comes with that little hole in the corner so it can hang in outhouses.

The Old Farmer's Almanac is not to be confused with the Maine-based Farmer's Almanac, published "only" since 1818.

The 217th edition also predicts social trends such as sofas that measure body temperature, shopping carts that sound an alarm when filled with too much junk food and closet shelves and hangers that talk to give advice on matching shirts and ties.

Color blind people should find the talking closet shelves helpful.


… more from the 2009 Old Farmer’s Almanac…

After 154 pages of words of wisdom from scientists and other experts, the 2009 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac closes with words from children.

I shows letters to God from first- and second-graders.

One, signed Joyce, shows little kids know not to be ungrateful, even when faced with a big disappointment. It reads:

"Dear God, Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy."

Gibson’s gift to the faltering Obama campaign

I still maintain that the reason Charlie Gibson looked to ill at ease during the Palin interview is because he really didn’t want to be rude and disrespectful but was ordered to by ABC.

My first thought was:

Gibson should be out in front of the ABC Headquarters Building wearing a doorman’s uniform.

My second thought was:

Gibson may have been afraid he would end up in a doorman’s uniform if he didn’t try to destroy Sarah Palin.

Anyway, one can’t act the way he did to Palin during that interview without having at least a couple of flawed character traits.

There is already a backlash. It may continue until November.

Gibson tarnished his reputation to help Obama’s faltering campaign.


The Charlie Gibson friendly, touchy-feely interview of Obama can be found here.

Gibson waiting for Palin to iron his shirts and make his coffee

Sep 15, 2008

23,000 since 1972 - now that’s a Big Mac attack!

A Fond du Lac, Wisconsin man has eaten 23,000 Big Macs since 1972.

Was he taken in by those “two all-beef patties special sauce” commercials?

He says it was his obsessive-compulsive disorder that made him do it.

Fifty-four-year-old Don Gorske says he hit the milestone last month, continuing a pleasurable obsession that began May 17, 1972 when he got his first car.

Gorske has kept every burger receipt in a box. He says he was always fascinated with numbers, and watching McDonald's track its number of customers motivated him to track his own consumption.

The only day he skipped a Big Mac was the day his mother died, to respect her request.


Obama mocks McCain for war injury limitation

With falling poll numbers and worried backers, Obama has vowed sharper attacks on McCain and Palin.

In doing so, a new Obama ad mocks McCain for being computer illiterate.

The ad says

It's extraordinary that someone who wants to be our president and our commander in chief doesn't know how to send an e-mail.

A report at the link below tells why McCain doesn’t do e-mail.

Well, I guess it depends on what you mean by "extraordinary."

The reason he doesn't send email is that he can't use a keyboard because of the relentless beatings he received from the Viet Cong in service to our country. From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.

The report continues:

In a similar vein I guess it's an outrage that the blind governor of New York David Patterson doesn't know how to drive a car. After all, transportation issues are pretty important. How dare he serve as governor while being ignorant of what it's like to navigate New York's highways.

Some say, So what if he was handicapped? He could still learn how to send email.

Sure, but why would he? Bill Clinton sent two emails during his entire presidency and often admitted he didn't know squat about the Internet.


Sep 14, 2008

New 63 mpg Ford Fiesta will not be sold in US - for now

Ford's 2009 Fiesta ECOnetic (pictured) gets 63 miles per gallon on diesel fuel.

This cool looking Ford goes on sale in November but there is a catch.

It won’t be sold in the United States. This super-economy car will only be sold in Europe.

Half of all cars sold in Europe last year ran on diesel, the U.S. market remains relatively unfriendly diesel fuel.

Taxes aimed at commercial trucks mean diesel costs anywhere from 40 cents to $1 more per gallon than gasoline.

Add to this the success of the Toyota Prius, and you can see why only 3% of cars in the U.S. use diesel.

"Americans see hybrids as the darling," says Global Insight auto analyst Philip Gott, "and diesel as old-tech."


PA Inquirer: Don’t cry racism if Obama loses

No matter how incredible it may seem, there will be cries of racism if Barack Obama (pictured) is not elected president in November!

A report in the Philadelphia Inquirer at the link below addresses the inevitable racism accusations if Barack Obama loses the election.

Last month, one of our two major political parties nominated an African American as its candidate for president of the United States.

Historic progress to be celebrated?

Apparently not. A few weeks and polls later, and some are already bemoaning the rampant racism that might keep a black man from ascending to the presidency.

One thing that has been obvious in most situations -- the ‘affirmative action’ candidate, for whatever position, is often unqualified.

Did the Democrats select Barack Obama as the ‘affirmative action’ presidential candidate in 2008? If not were are his real qualifications?

Back to the Inquirer article:

Don't assume racism if people question Obama on the company he keeps: a 20-year membership in a church where anti-American rhetoric was spewed and then sold in the gift shop; boosting his political career from the home of an unrepentant domestic terrorist from the '60s.

Don't assume racism because voters don't think a junior senator with great potential but no major accomplishments is ready to be leader of the Free World and a wartime commander in chief.

Don't assume racism if voters question his military acumen. Yes, a 16-month drawdown of forces looks doable - now. But to get to the point where winning seemed possible, others had to make tough decisions on troop levels and strategy. In the meantime, Obama glibly sang the same tune for years, even when his plan would have meant certain victory for al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Yes, it's a strange country, but Americans have shown they will vote for the person they believe is ready for the job, the one who will best represent their interests, regardless of race.

Don't blame them if Obama loses. Blame his poor judgment and lack of experience.