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A Reader writes:

PNAC website was scrubbed, yes.
But…
Many of the people running McCain’s campaign are signers of PNAC and/or PNAC reports.

Don’t be fooled, the Project for the New American Century is alive and well. They just changed the names to protect the not so innocent. And yes fellow PNACer’s  have close ties to McCain and his campaign. A little who’s who from PNAC if you will. Who better than Palin, Ms. “I can see Russia from my house” for the NeoCon’s to groom if McCain can not fulfill his duties. God help us if he makes it that far.

McCain’s top Foreigh Policy advisory Randy Scheunemann is a signatory to almost all of PNAC’s letters and policy statements as early as September, 2001. John McCain himself endorsed the PNAC agenda on the Senate floor and signed onto one PNAC letter to the EU and NATO concerning Russia dated September 28, 2004.

A McCain presidency is dangerous not only for us but the world.

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Swing and miss, it would seem Liddy Dole has really gone off the “Jesse Helms impersonating” deep end with her latest Godless ad against Kay Hagan. Honestly, I don’t think she did her campaign any favors or maybe it’s the other way around, by using the Karl Rove play book for politics. Kay Hagan has ran a good campaign based on solid issues and her poll numbers prove it. The latest Rasmussen Poll shows Hagan with a six point lead over Dole.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the Tar Heel State shows Hagan with 52% of the vote and Dole with 46%. Three weeks ago, Hagan held a five-point advantage.

Bottom line, Dole’s senate record is coming back to haunt her on many fronts. Just yesterday a non-partisan environmental group called “the League of Conservation Voters” added Dole to their list of the “Dirty Dozen.” 

“Senator Dole’s record,” Massaro said in a statement, “proves that she’s working in the best interests of Exxon/Mobil, not the people of Raleigh/Durham. For Chevron, not the people of Charlotte. For the lobbyists of big oil, not the people of small town North Carolina.”

Then, there is the where does Dole live question? That Dole and her campaign has sucessfully dodged this election cycle. We know where husband Bob lives and it ain’t in North Carolina. When it is all said and done I think Kay Hagan who by the way does live in the state she will be representing will have the last word, at least in this post and this election.

Snap!

It’s official says the Economist, Americans are shopped out.

Spending growth is unlikely to resume soon. Earlier in the week the Conference Board, a research firm, said that its index of consumer confidence fell to its lowest level since the survey began in 1967. The drop is alarming but not surprising. American consumers could not withstand repeated blows to their financial wellbeing indefinitely. Household wealth has shrivelled. Stockmarkets are down by around a third since the start of the year. House prices in 20 big cities fell in August at an annual rate of 16.6% according to the S&P/Case-Shiller measure. The continued fall in property prices has left a large and growing fraction of households underwater on their home loans.

Are they saying consumer confidence is at the lowest level since 1967? No wonder the stores skipped Halloween and went straight to Christmas, retailers are preparing for the worst. This year’s ad campaign will go something like, “when they deserve the very best, it is definitively the thought that counts”. Geez, I foresee a few fruitcakes in my future and I’m not talking about my friends.

Kudos to Daily Kos for this funny, the look on McCain’s face is priceless.  

Where’s Joe you might be asking? Getting schooled by Keith Olbermann of course. In the video below Keith gives us the lowdown and the latest on “Joe the plumber” and his next fifteen minutes of shame.

Yes folks something to look forward to from ole Joe, an album by the same name which no doubt will be featuring his band the Ty-D-Bowl Trio. Yes I can see it now his first album release will feature such hits as;

  • Flush Me in the Morning, then just walk away
  • I changed her float and she changed my life 
  • I’ve Got Friends in Stinky Places – a Garth Brooks remake
  • Underwater Love
  • Singin by the Drain
  • You left the Water running – Otis Redding remix

Yes ole Joe has taken his fifteen minutes of fame all the way to the country music Hall of fame in just two short weeks. I’m just wondering now if Joe was offered a cabinet level position with the McCain administration would he be able to spare the time? Enquiring minds want to know.

Personally I think the answers were scarier than the questions.

L.K.  “You are the President of the United States, you are flying over the Pacific from nowhere to nowhere there’s an attack on the United States how much confidence do you have in Vice President Palin”? 🙄

McCain – “TOTAL”  😯

Spooky !!!!! I do however agree with one thing McCain said “Palin will inspire Americans” to vote for Obama.

Price’s Statement that “the Agricultural Community in this state  overwhelmingly supports this facility” is absolutely false and he knows it, Price just chooses to ignore it. I was at the June town hall meeting featured in this video and as is evident by the audience’s reaction, Price does not have support for this lab from his own 4th district. Price continues to support this facility even after his party and district signed a resolution to oppose this facility. Moreover,  Price has the ego to try to force the facility on a community he doesn’t represent. That action speaks volumes about who he is actually concerned about and it isn’t the voter.

Yellow Lights are going off everywhere concerning the US Bio-weapons, bio-defense programs but Price is steadfast in supporting his special interest or is it he just doesn’t read his own governments oversight? 

Go to the website and get informed.

Here’s a campaign ad I hadn’t seen before from VoteVets, slaming Dole for voting against body armor. Ouch Liddy that vote wasn’t very patriotic.

 NC Department of Commerce Missed $200 Million in Costs to State Taxpayers for Bio-Lab, Decides its Economic Analysis Doesn’t Work for NBAF

Homeland Security Says Bio-Hazard Lab Issue Still Live for North Carolina

RALEIGH:     Early this fall, Senator Doug Berger, who represents the area in which Homeland Security seeks to build the National Bio- and Agro Defense Facility, asked the North Carolina Department of Commerce to update the economic analysis for the bio-hazard lab to incorporate new information from Homeland Security about the actual economics for the proposed lab.  The earlier analysis, which predicted a $1.6 billion upside to the lab over 20 years of operations, relied on numbers provided by the North Carolina Consortium for the NBAF, which seeks to bring the bio-hazard lab to this state.   Now, the most recent information indicates that Commerce’s estimate rested on extensively faulty premises,

The original calculations by Commerce failed to include any of the costs that State taxpayers would have to pay to bring the lab here.  In Homeland Security’s “Site Cost Analysis,” which was released with much of the data blacked out, this number appears to be the difference between the total project cost of $705,363,565 and the lower cost of $523,711,811 that Homeland Security is budgeting. [1]   That difference equals $181,651,754 in up-front costs to taxpayers.    

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Over the past few days I have been researching an issue first brought to my  attention by a reader through an email, thanks Tom. The subject is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his outward aggression toward military families and just how far he went using his position as a senator and war veteran through legislation to hurt the very people he claims to hold so dear; the families of follow Prisoners of war and/or those missing in action (POW/MIA).

Given McCain’s political prominence as a Vietnam POW and war hero I was completely shocked by my findings. This is not a new issue for some just new to me. The fact this story has not received more attention in mainstream media to me is mind-boggling. I will leave it to you make your own decision.

Please watch the following video from C-SPAN. It is from a senate Select Committee hearing and the exchange is between Sen. John McCain and hearing witness Dolores Alfonsa, Chair of the National Alliance of POW/MIA Families  whose brother was missing. I am currently trying to vary the date of this hearing and I update this post when I receive that information for those of you who are interested.

Additional recent sources and articles on the subject:

Over the past few weeks there has been an infusion of media ad’s all endorsing different agendas. But a recently formed 527 group of NC politicos, RightChange.com  is making waves in their last minute push to put McCain over the top. Their ads are misleading and really in my opinion their name should read “No Change” because that is precisely what they are advocating, insert McCain. But if you’re looking for honesty in their ads, don’t because their isn’t any. From their website

RightChange is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to helping Americans see through the haze of politicians’ spin to understand the facts about crucial policy choices. Our goal is to make sure that the coming wave of political change in America is the right kind of change—common sense change that conforms to the facts.

Facts, haze, blah blah blah, nonprofit, nonpartisan and non factual. According to factcheck.org, Right Change’s ad campaign is false but make no mistake they have spend a lot of cash (More on this in a second) to make viewers and potential voters see thing’s their way with good reason. The group’s founders are the fat cats who might have to pay a little more. An overview from factcheck.org:

Summary: A conservative group called RightChange.com has spent $3 million running ads that largely criticize Obama and his tax plans. They’re false:
Analysis: RightChange.com, a 527 group out of North Carolina, is largely bankrolled by its president, Fred Eshelman, the CEO of a pharmaceutical research firm, who has contributed $2.7 million of the $3.8 million the group has raised this year.

According to OpenSecrets.org, Eshelman has also contributed $2,300 to Sen. John McCain’s campaign. Two of the other three members of its board of directors are GOP state legislators in North Carolina. RightChange.com has spent just over $3 million so far.

The two North Carolina GOP state legislators on RC’s board of directors are State Senator Fletcher Hartsell and State Representative Jeff Barnhart, both from Cabarrus County. They formed the group in September 08 and it has a piggy-back 527 “Real Debate.org,Inc.” listed as previous legal for RC.

Consider the following from Greg Flynn in a posting on Blue NC.

Hartsell, a 9 term Senator, and Barnhart, a 4 term Representative, have been knee deep in financial incentives and appropriations for the redevelopment of the former Pillowtex site at Kannapolis known as the North Carolina Research Campus. Last year, with others, they formed another non-profit called “Alliance for Tomorrow” to support development at the site. The group has achieved notoriety for advocating for the use of Tax Increment Financing for the project and because its own source of funding is unknown.

So there you have it a 527 group of rich man protecting their interest wanting to get richer. That’s the American way and I don’t blame them one bit. However, I think it is sad and shameful to add false information into the “real debate” affecting voters around the country for self interest but hey that’s politics.

Where there is an income tax, the just man will pay more and the unjust less on the same amount of income.” ~ Plato

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