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Over the past thirty years the “redistribution” of wealth has been going on with the GOP’s blessing.  This redistribution of course has been upward toward the top 1-2% of the wealthiest folks in this country.  In Fact, since 1972, the top 1% has increased their earned income by 20x! Couple that with the fact that over 50% of the largest corporations don’t pay any taxes at all, and is it any wonder that the middle class is broke?  And the GOP has the audacity to to claim that Obama is a “socialist” because he wants to give our money back to us?? Please!

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The Corrupt Bastards Club

That odor you smell, ladies and gentlemen, is the whiff of desperation emanating from the Republican party and the conservative movement.

On Thursday the Pennsylvania GOP sent out an email to 75,000 Jewish voters in the state warning that electing Obama could lead to a second Holocaust, the AP reports:

“Jewish Americans cannot afford to make the wrong decision on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008,” the e-mail reads. “Many of our ancestors ignored the warning signs in the 1930s and 1940s and made a tragic mistake. Let’s not make a similar one this year!”A copy of the e-mail, provided by Democratic officials, says it was “Paid for by the Republican Federal Committee of PA – Victory 2008.”

It warns “Fellow Jewish Voters” of the danger of a second Holocaust due to the threats to Israel from its neighbors and touts Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s qualifications over those of Obama.

If this is the GOP’s idea of exhibiting “family values” then no wonder people are leaving the party in droves.

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Anchorage Daily News — Editorial board endorses Obama: Saying that “Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee, brings far more promise to the office,” the Alaska newspaper this morning endorsed him over Republican presidential nominee John McCain. Of GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, Alaska’s governor, the Daily News‘ editorial board writes that “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.”

Imagine that.

Gov. Sarah Palin’s signature accomplishment — a contract to build a 1,715-mile pipeline to bring natural gas from Alaska to the Lower 48 — emerged from a flawed bidding process that narrowed the field to a company with ties to her administration, an Associated Press investigation shows.

Despite Palin’s boast of a smart and fair bidding process, the AP found that her team crafted terms that favored only a few independent pipeline companies and ultimately benefited the winner, TransCanada Corp.

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Despite his sagging poll numbers, Sen. John McCain said Sunday that he is “very happy with where we are” and very proud of his campaign.

WHAT?

McCain brushed off polls that show him trailing Sen. Barack Obama, saying those numbers are “all over the map.”

Just another example of how out of touch this geriatric is.

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Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell dismissed the McCain campaign’s recent attacks against Barack Obama’s character Saturday, and said the Republican nominee’s current strategy has severely damaged him here.

“I think the John McCain of 2000 would have been a very difficult candidate to beat. The John McCain of 2008 is much less difficult to beat,” Rendell told reporters after an Obama rally.

When asked if he thought there has been any racial undercurrent to the McCain-Palin ticket bringing up issues like Obama’s relationship with 1960s radical William Ayers, Rendell shook his head.

“Not particularly. I think they’re just stupid, they’re dumb, dumb,” Rendell said of the attacks. “They’re all dumb when people are facing the challenges in their own lives that they’re facing no one wants to hear that stuff it’s just dumb.

“You know tell us what you want to do. If he’s got a plan for the mortgage bailout explain it to the American people that might get people’s interest … but don’t tell us about you know something that happened when Barack Obama was just 8 years of age, it’s just dumb.”

Sarah Palin, who embarrassed herself in front of the whole country in her interview with Katie Couric, is now blaming Couric for her own stupidity.  Palin recently  said, “I was kind of annoyed with the questions that I was being asked because I thought they were kind of irrelevant to, you know, national security issues and getting our economy back on track, so I kind of showed some of that annoyance.”

I’ve listened to the interview and there were plenty of questions about the economy and national security.  Palin is just a typical neocon, not brave or moral enough to accept responsiblity for her own actions.

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As an indication of McCain’s decision making abilities, Sarah Palin is with out question one of the worst selections of VP in history.  She is as dumb, or dumber, than Dan Quayle and as insignificant as Geraldine Ferraro.   What is so unsettling is that a Presidential candidate is supposed to chose a running mate for their capacity to take over the reins of the executive branch should something happen to him. McCain chose someone who is extremely incompetent , one that he thought would help his election chances with women and wingnut christians.  Unfortunately for him, the american people recognized his selfish act.  He claims to be pro-america but selecting Palin was anything but pro-america.  She will go down in history as the only VPILF.

Election clerk distributed letters calling Obama “Black Hitler”

Deputy Sheriff Doug Cox said in a police report made public this week, that employees discovered the letters at their desks after returning from Labor Day weekend.  Apparently, Republican county election clerk distributed copies of a chain letter referring to presidential nominee Obama as a “young, black Adolf Hitler.“  She said she meant it as a joke.  It seems she was caught on video tape dropping off the letter.

Jackson’s position has her overseeing vote counts and training poll workers, which it why this particular incident is upsetting to everyone considering the racial references in the chain letter were so strong.

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Big Setbacks for GOP Voter Suppression Efforts in Swing States

Court ruling, decisions by secretaries of state in Wisconsin, Ohio and Nevada blunt GOP’s anti-voter agenda.

Republican Party efforts to stop thousands of voters from casting meaningful ballots in 2008 because their registration information does not match government databases with high error rates was set back by legal rulings in Wisconsin, Ohio and Nevada on Thursday.

In Wisconsin, a judge threw out a lawsuit by the state Attorney General, who also is the McCain campaign co-chair. In Ohio and Nevada, each state’s top election official issued an order or opinion rejecting such ‘no-match’ voter challenges.

While Republican officials criticized these moves, it appears that momentum is building against GOP efforts to use ambiguities in voter registration laws to challenge large numbers of 2008 voters.

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What of those who have already voted?” GOP Lawyer: “Maybe those votes should be discarded.”

CROWN POINT | Early in-person voting continued another day Monday while a judge toured Gary, Hammond and East Chicago satellite voting locations and heard hours of testimony and arguments on whether they are legal and fair.

Lake County Superior Court Judge Diane Kavadias-Schneider promised to rule either today or early Wednesday, but acknowledged the court battle over satellite voting centers likely will be taken up by a higher court regardless of her decision.

Kavadias-Schneider visited the Gary, Hammond and East Chicago courthouses where lines of voters were casting ballots for the Nov. 4 presidential, state and local elections and questioned county elections board Director Sally LaSota about the process of early voting and safeguards against vote fraud.

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NEW YORK – The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded information from the government about reports that an active military unit has been deployed inside the U.S. to help with “civil unrest” and “crowd control” – matters traditionally handled by civilian authorities. This deployment jeopardizes the longstanding separation between civilian and military government, and the public has a right to know where and why the unit has been deployed, according to an ACLU Freedom of Information request filed today.

According to a report in the Army Times, the Army recently deployed an active military unit inside the United States under Northern Command. This deployment marks the first time an active unit has been given a dedicated assignment to Northern Command.

What next Martial Law?

Palin’s ‘going rogue,’ McCain aide says

(CNN) — With 10 days until Election Day, long-brewing tensions between GOP vice presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and key aides to Sen. John McCain have become so intense, they are spilling out in public, sources say.  A Palin associate, however, said the candidate is simply trying to “bust free” of what she believes was a damaging and mismanaged roll-out.

A second McCain source says she appears to be looking out for herself more than the McCain campaign.

“She is a diva. She takes no advice from anyone,” said this McCain adviser. “She does not have any relationships of trust with any of us, her family or anyone else.

Palin is watching her election slip away and now she’s desperately trying to repair her image

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