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    Conservative websites claim Rove has been promising GOP insiders an 'October surprise'



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    Thursday September 21, 2006

    According to two conservative websites, White House political strategist Karl Rove has been promising GOP insiders that there will be an "October surprise" before the midterm elections.

    "In the past week, Karl Rove has been promising Republican insiders an 'October surprise' to help win the November congressional elections," reports Ronald Kessler for Newsmax.

    "President Bush's political strategist is also saying that the final two weeks before the elections will see a blitz of advertising, and the Republican National Committee is deploying an army of volunteers to key locations to help the grass-roots effort and monitor the election," the article continues. "The RNC is offering to fly in volunteers and cover their expenses."

    A few weeks ago, another conservative publication, The American Spectator, reported that White House staffers had "been talking up the possibilities of an 'October Surprise' or two leading into the mid-term elections."

    "They say the President feels confident he can still play a role in the election, that he intends to campaign hard for Republicans, and that on the policy front, there are a couple of issues that can be used as wedges along the way," according to a column written by "The Prowler."

    Excerpts from Newsmax article:

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    Rove is not saying what the October surprise will be. Asked if he would elaborate and give his thinking about the coming elections, Rove told NewsMax that his take largely parallels what RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman said in a Sept. 5 NewsMax story.

    As for the October Surprise, Rove said, "I'd rather let the balance [of plans for the elections] unroll on its own."

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    FULL NEWSMAX ARTICLE CAN BE READ AT THIS LINK

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    Black Republican group's ad accuses Dems of starting KKK, claims MLK was Republican



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    Ron Brynaert
    September 21, 2006

    (Update: Blogger-journalist Steve Gilliard calls ad a "time bomb" for Senate candidate Michael Steele)

    A radio advertisement running in Maryland, produced by the National Black Republican Association, has been drawing heat for claiming that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was really a Republican and that Democrats opposed all civil rights legislation from the 1860's to the 1960's and were responsible for starting the Ku Klux Klan.

    NBRA radio ad

    Although it doesn't mention any candidates, the advertisement is being aired to support Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele as he runs against 10-term Congressman Benjamin L. Cardin for the first open Maryland Senate seat in two decades. Last year, Democratic Senator Paul Sarbanes announced that he wouldn't be seeking reelection to a sixth term.

    The 60-second advertisement is shaped as a casual conversation between two African-American women, with one explaining to the other how Democrats have "bamboozled" blacks into believing that their party has done more for the civil rights movement than the Republican Party.

    The character named "Tina" claims that Democrats "passed those Black Codes and Jim Crow laws," "started the Ku Klux Klan," and "released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks."

    According to the "Tina" character, "Democrats have talked the talk, but Republicans have walked the walk."

    "Girl, it's time for us to do the walk," the women say together at the end. "Y'know it, girl."

    The National Black Republican Association believes that their "edgy" ad, paid for by the Black Republican Freedom Fund, a 527 organization, will "open the eyes of black Americans" by setting the "record straight," even though civil-rights historians are challenging their claims.

    "It sets the record straight, demonstrating that it was Republicans, not Democrats, who championed civil rights for blacks over the past 150 years," NBRA Chairman Frances Rice said in a press release. "Democrats have hijacked the civil rights record of the Republican Party and fought every effort of Republicans to help blacks get off of the Democrat Party’s economic plantation."

    Although Lt. Gov. Steele told the Washington Post only yesterday, before he heard the ad, that it was "about time the Republicans speak to their real place in history . . . and to debunk the myths," his campaign released a statement earlier today asking the group to pull it.

    "NBRA’s current radio ad is insulting to Marylanders and should come down immediately," said the Steele campaign statement. "Although they may have had good intentions, there is no room for this kind of slash-and-burn partisan politics in the important conversation about how to best bring meaningful change to Washington, D.C. and get something done for Maryland."

    "This is exactly the kind of attack politics Marylanders are sick of and why it's time to change this Washington brand of cut-throat politics," added Steele. "My campaign has already contacted NBRA and demanded the ad be removed from the air immediately."

    Historians slam 'distortions'

    The Washington Post spoke to a University of Maryland political scientist who slammed the ad's "distortions."

    "It is a totally fallacious rendition of the platform of the parties because, in effect, what happened is, the two parties essentially switched ideology," Ronald Walters told the Post.

    A Martin Luther King Jr. biographer and a senior researcher with the Atlanta-based King Center told the Associated Press that the Reverend was non-partisan and that he never endorsed any politician from either of the parties.

    "I think it's highly inaccurate to say he was a Republican because there's really no evidence," King Center researcher Steve Klein told the .

    The AP also notes that the NBRA "describes itself on its Web site as 'a resource for the black community on Republican ideals'" but "does not say how many members it has.

    Last year, it was reported that half of the newly formed group's board of directors had resigned, at the same time that the Bush Administration was taking heat for the federal response after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.

    "The organization and it's current leadership is heading down a much different direction than was envisioned by myself and the other board members," former communications director Christopher Arps said in an email sent to Redding News Review last year.

    'Steele knows it's a time bomb'

    Yesterday, Manhattan journalist Steve Gilliard wrote a post at his News Blog, which contained a point-by-point response to each line in the radio ad.

    In reaction to the claim that "Democrats want us to accept same sex marriages, teen abortion without a parent’s consent, and suing the boy scouts for saying 'God' in their pledge," Gilliard fired back that "[m]ost black people care more about jobs and Iraq than gays marrying."

    Gilliard told RAW STORY that the ad was particularly offensive because "it assumes that blacks are unsophisticated voters, who are driven by emotion," when Maryland just "may have the highest concentration of blacks with advanced degrees on the planet."

    "So to try and rewrite history is insulting," Gilliard added. "People know the history of the two parties and this is just offensive."

    Last October, a spokesman for Steele blasted Gilliard for posting a photograph on his blog doctored to portray the Senate candidate as a minstrel after he attended a fundraiser held for Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. at an all-white country club.

    "The Democratic Party has finally reached a new low with the worst kind of racist gutter politics, and it's the kind of racism that people in Maryland reject, regardless of their political party," Steele's spokesman Leonardo Alcivar said.

    Democratic strategist Joe Trippi told the Washington Post that the statement was "almost as bad as what the Web site did -- to try to smear an entire party with what one random person threw up on the Web."

    Gilliard told RAW STORY that Steele knows the radio advertisement is "a time bomb for which he will pay for."

    "Because Steele is the beneficiary of this ad, he will pay the most for it," said Gilliard.

    Transcript of advertisement as prepared by NBRA:

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    Script: National Black Republican Association 60-Second Radio Spot Paid for by the Black Republican Freedom Fund, an NBRA 527 affiliate -- Not authorized by any candidate or political committee
    Pam: Dr. King was a real man.
    Tina: You know . . he was a Republican.
    Pam: Dr. King, a Republican? Really?
    Tina: Democrats passed those Black Codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan.
    Pam: The Klan . . . White hoods and sheets?!
    Tina: Democrats fought ALL Civil Rights Legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks.
    Pam: Seriously!
    Tina: And the Dixiecrats? Remained Democrats and vowed to vote for a yellow dog, before a Republican. Republicans freed us from slavery and put our right to vote in the Constitution.
    Pam: What?
    Tina: Republicans started the NAACP, affirmative action and the HBCU’s.
    Pam: Democrats have bamboozled blacks.
    Tina: Democrats blocked the minimum wage passed by Republicans. Over 200 billion dollars have been spent on education, healthcare and job training since President Bush took office.
    Pam: So, Democrats want to keep us POOR and voting ONLY Democrat.
    Tina: Democrats want us to accept same-sex marriages; teen abortions without a parent’s consent and suing the Boy Scouts for saying “God” in their pledge.
    Pam: We NEED to THINK! and vote OUR own values.
    Tina: Exactly… Democrats have talked the talk, but Republicans have walked the walk.
    Pam: I hear ya girl. It time for us to “DO” the walk.
    (Together they laugh about it.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post

    Yesterday, Manhattan journalist Steve Gilliard wrote a post at his News Blog, which contained a point-by-point response to each line in the radio ad.
    Ah, what you do when you think black people are stupid


    House negro or field negro, you
    choose.

    stevegilliard.blogspot.com
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    This tomfoolery is by the National Black Republican Association

    Woman 1: Dr. King was a real man

    Yes he was. As the FBI can prove

    Woman 2: You know he was a Republican

    Republicans bring this up, but don't mention that most black middle class voters were Republicans. However, since blacks couldn't vote in Georgia, they forget to mention that as well,

    Woman 1: Dr. King a Republican? Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws. Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan. White hoods and sheets. Democrats fought all civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960’s. Democrats released those vicious dogs and fire hoses on blacks. And the Dixiecrats remained Democrats and vowed to vote for a yellow dog before a Republican.

    Until 1968 and the "Southern Strategy", which courted white voters as they were driven out of the Democratic Party. Black Republicans have to recall the past because they don't have any means to explain the present. The Democrats kicked them out, and the GOP took them.

    Republicans freed us from slavery and put our right to vote in the Constitution. Republicans founded the NAACP, affirmative action, and the HBCU’s.

    No, 179,000 black soldiers freed us. Radical Republicans were very different than modern day Dixiecans. They supported black rights.

    Woman 2: Sounds like Democrats have bamboozled blacks.

    No, it sounds like you people are lying ****s abusing history for your masters

    Woman 1: Democrats blocked the minimum wage passed by Republicans and over $200 billion dollars have been spent on education, health care, and job training since President Bush took office.

    You mean those underfunded programs like No Child Left Behind? The minimum wage tied to repeal of the estate tax. They have spend that in a year in Iraq

    Woman 2: So Democrats want to keep us poor while voting ONLY Democrat.

    It is Republicans which have limited union protections, the minimum wage and underfunded education. While placing military recruiting centers in our schools

    Woman 1: Democrats want us to accept same sex marriages, teen abortion without a parent’s consent, and suing the boy scouts for saying “God” in their pledge.

    Most black people care more about jobs and Iraq than gays marrying.

    Woman 2: See, we need to think and vote on our own values.

    You mean like equal rights for all and economic justice?

    Woman 1: Exactly. Democrats have talked the talk, but Republicans have walked the walk.

    Yeah, right over black people every time they've had to.

    Woman 2: Girl, it’s time for us to (unison) “do the walk.

    Sure, to make sure Republicans stay out of office. Because when they get in, we suffer.
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    A New Yorker by the name of Howard Rich is instrumental in getting Initiatives on the ballot in numerous states ...

    Who is Howard Rich? What is he trying to do?

    Kulongoski Wants Measure 48 Debate With Backer

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    By Ley Garnett
    August 28, 2006

    PORTLAND, OR - Governor Ted Kulongoski issued a new debate challenge Monday, not to any of his gubernatorial opponents, but to an initiative financier. Kulongoski invited Manhattan millionaire Howard Rich to visit Oregon and debate ballot Measure 48.

    If voters approve it, Measure 48 would limit increases in the state budget. The cap would be determined by adding the rate of population growth to the rate of inflation.

    INVITATION TO DEBATE

    Howard Rich contributed more than a half million dollars towards qualifying Measure 48 for Oregon's November ballot.

    Anna Richter Taylor is Governor Kulongoski's reelection campaign spokeswoman.

    "If Howard Rich is so intent on providing 85% of the funding to finance this ballot measure, he wants Howard to come out and debate the governor on the merits of why he thinks this is a good policy for Oregon," Taylor says, "The governor thinks it would be devastating to our economy and to our schools."

    RICH RESISTS CHALLENGE

    Rich is chairman of a group called Americans For Limited Government. He doesn't give interviews to reporters, but he did respond with an e-mail to the governor's challenge.

    "I'm happy that I could help out the local group in Oregon. They've faced a real uphill climb against public employee unions and special interests," Rich says, "The fact is, though, that the local group has done all the heavy lifting, and the result of their hard work is that voters will have a say in state spending in the fall."

    Rich goes on to suggest the governor debate Measure 48 petitioner Don McIntire instead and McIntire is eager to substitute.

    "162,000 people signed the petition to get this on the ballot," McIntyre says, "We ought to have a good honest fair debate. I'd be happy to meet the Governor or any of his union henchmen in a debate because I think the numbers are going to show the falsity of their position."

    Kulongoski's campaign spokeswoman Richter Taylor says McIntire is an unacceptable substitute for Rich. She adds if it weren't for Rich, Measure 48 would not be on the ballot. Oregon voters will decide the initiative November 7th.

    Related Link: Howard Rich site

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    HOWIE RICH EXPOSED



    The TABOR Gimmick

    The TABOR fiscal straitjacket is one of the more dangerous "policy" gimmicks to hit the states in a long time. Howie Rich from New York City is pushing the issue in six states throughout the country in 2006, leading many to wonder why he cares so much about state priorities thousands of miles away from where he lives...

    What exactly is TABOR?

    Colorado, the only state to have lived under TABOR, teetered on the edge of bankruptcy after 13 years of drastic TABOR budget cuts. Priorities like education, health care, emergency services, and highway safety withered under the law's stranglehold.

    While Colorado voters repealed the TABOR fiscal straitjacket in 2005, Howie Rich from New York City and his cronies were pushing it in 24 other state legislatures. But many states recognized a gimmick when they saw one. Now the playing field has been narrowed to six ballot initiatives.

    Even if TABOR makes it on the ballot in those states - an outcome that is still in doubt because of the natural incompence of an effort with no in-state, grassroots coalition - these ballot initiatives are not your typical tax fights. Usually the Chambers of Commerce are lined up on one side, and folks who appreciate state services are on the other. But Howie Rich from New York City is getting rejected even by the usual tax limitation enthusiasts.

    Signature fraud allegations have followed the TABOR initiatives all around the country - from a convicted felon collecting signatures shoving a teacher in Nebraska to fraudulent signature gathering in Montana. TABOR was rejected for consideration in Missouri and Oklahoma, and its future has dimmed a good bit in Michigan and Nevada. The fact that Howie Rich's cronies are in court all across the country because of illegal signature gathering, bad fiscal notes, and ballot language problems is a problem for them, no matter the outcome. The fact that they're losing in court is disastrous for Howie.

    But this is the natural outcome of a strategy completely funded by one multi-millionaire real estate developer from New York, with no stake in the real priorities of the states he has targeted.

    Special Rights for Developers

    Howie Rich from New York City has been pushed into the limelight in the face of big questions about his intentions around what he and his cronies call "regulatory takings." This dangerous and extreme law would require government to pay people to obey state regulations. If the state can't afford to pay, the regulation is waived. Does that sound like "takings" to you?

    In fact these provisions are not "takings" at all, but more like "givings." They give special rights to big landowners and developers, whose demands for compensation cannot be met by local governments, and who will use the new laws to remove all barriers to runaway sprawl.

    That's not all. Howie and his cronies are deceptively using arguments against the US Supreme Court ruling that local governments can use eminent domain to seize property for private interests - a legitimate point of discussion - to sneak this pay-or-waive scheme onto the ballot in California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Montana and Washington.

    The irony of Howie Rich from New York City using "property rights" as a mask for this scheme is that the hidden provisions will ruin property values across the board. Think about it: if your neighbor wants to sell his house to a big box store, and the zoning regulations can't do a thing to stop it, how will that affect your neighborhood?

    What are the consequences of these measures? Look no further than Oregon. They passed a pay-or-waive law in 2004 called Prop 37, which has resulted in a gridlock of claims for compensation totalling more than $3,000,000,000! Naturally, Oregon can't pay for all of them.

    Attacks on the Judicial System

    The third piece of Howie Rich from New York City's anti-government "three-headed monster" is a series of initiatives that seeks to weaken judicial systems in four states.

    In Colorado, Howie's initiative would set up term limits for judges - and make it retroactive for judges already on the bench. The law would essentially write pink slips for 12 sitting judges, and clear off most of the Colorado Supreme Court in just a couple of years. Why doesn't Howie want Colorado's judges on the bench anymore?

    In Montana, where every judge already runs for office, Howie's measure would create a new layer of recall elections to kick judges out for specific decisions. This sounds like a recipe for chaos in Montana's judicial system...and why does Howie Rich from New York City care about decisions in Montana?

    In Oregon, Howie's initiative would create geographic districts for the Oregon Supreme Court, throwing out sitting justiceses from Portland. What does Howie Rich from New York City gain by throwing those judges out of office?

    In South Dakota, Howie is funding a ludcrous measure that would allow criminals to sue judges and juries for their decisions! The effort is called "J.A.I.L. for Judges," which wins points for honesty, but doesn't answer the real question: Which South Dakota judges does Howie Rich from New York City want criminals to sue?

    Could it be that Howie Rich from New York City would like to manipulate the courts to deliver results to his special interest friends, rather than deliver justice?

    Whatever the underlying reason, Howie's measures are unnecessary and dangerous to American justice.

    The Organizational Shell Game in Action

    Howie Rich from New York City likes to filter his money through a confusing maze of organizations. The most prominent of these is a group known as Americans for Limited Government, or ALG. Howie Rich is the Chairman of the ALG Board of Directors.

    ALG's recent fundraising history is like a riddle that goes something like this: How does an organization take in $800,000 (large PDF) one year, then spend approximately $11,000,000 just one year later? (And that's just the amount that can be traced.) Where did that $10,000,000+ come from? And why can't anyone find out where it came from?

    Read the chart below, and you'll start to scratch of the Howie Rich shell game. Then read on to get a sense of Rich's organizational priorities. There is a lot the public doesn't know about where Howie's money is moving, or how Howie's money could end up changing state laws all over the country. It's time to demand answers.


    Click on image to download a full-size PDF file of this chart.
    Links to State Campaign Finance Documentation
    (click "search by committee number," enter "5050," and click "campaign finance").
    The Organizations

    Americans for Limited Government (ALG) is the coordinator of the network of national TABOR supporters. ALG had combined 501(C)3 and 501(C)4 revenues of $800,000 in 2004.

    The chairman of the ALG board is Howie Rich, a New York real estate investor.

    Campaign finance reports show that ALG, through a layer of shell organizations, spent approximately $11 million to attempt to qualify TABOR and regulatory takings measures in 12 states.

    These groups, which may best be described as arms of a single entity, are led by a set of wealthy Libertarian Party activists with ties to Ed Crane, founder and president of the CATO Institute. These groups transfer funds to each other, share staff, have overlapping boards of directors and fund the same campaigns. One way to describe this web would be by following the strands emanating from each member of the ALG board of directors. The pattern suggests they are working as one unit.

    The most prominent of these groups are:

    National Alliance for Workers and Employers Rights or NAWER. A "right to work" group. In 2004, it was funded entirely by a $650,000 grant from Americans for Tax Reform. Address in corporate filing is Fairfax, Virginia.

    Social Security Choice. The social security privatization project of the Club for Growth. Ohio TABOR sponsor Ken Blackwell is co-chair. The group spent $260,000 in 2002. Address in corporate filing is the same Fairfax, Virginia address as NAWER.

    US Term Limits. The hub of the term limits movement. Sponsored state level term limit initiatives and federal term limit effort in 1990s. Still raises funds and works to defend term limit provisions. They have at least one related PAC and ancillary organization. Address is the same as Americans for Limited Government.

    Legislative Education Action Drive (LEAD) / Parents in Charge Foundation. A pro-voucher advocacy group funded by the Bradley, Walton and Friedman Foundations. LEAD is at the core of an effort by the ALG network to pass vouchers in South Carolina. LEAD has also been active in Arizona and Colorado. In 2005, LEAD made a $50,000 contribution to Oklahoma's TABOR campaign. In 2004, it made a $50,000 direct expenditure in support of Pat Toomey's challenge of Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania GOP primary in 2004. Toomey is now the head of the Club for Growth. LEAD's address is at the same Virginia location as NAWER and US Term Limits.

    Club for Growth State Action. The umbrella organization for Club for Growth state affiliates. Colorado Club for Growth was the main committee opposing recent changes to the state's TABOR referendum. CFGSA's address is in Illinois.

    Fund for Democracy. This committee is funding the eminent domain signature gathering efforts in Idaho ($230,000) and California ($1.5 million), as well as the TABOR signature gathering in Missouri. Fund for Democracy, according to Howie Rich himself, is "just a fund" he set up (listen to Rich describe his work). The address on the campaign finance filing (for ID and CA on takings) is the same address (73 Spring Street, NY) of ALG and US Term Limits.

    America at Its Best. This committee, incorporated in Virginia, funded signature gathering efforts for TABOR in MO and NE, as well as eminent domain initiatives in other states. Laird Maxwell, the head of Idahoans for Tax Reform is an officer, as is former New Mexico Legislator Duncan Scott, now a Montana resident.

    These are the entities that appear to be the largest and most relevant to the TABOR issue. But ALG has connections to many other groups, from Arizona At Its Best (a state Club for Growth-type operation with the same address in Illinois as) to Citizens in Charge (a group advocating for the initiative process).

    ALG's network has deep connections to the national Club for Growth and there are numerous connections from this network to Americans for Tax Reform, led by Grover Norquist.

    SHADOWY PLAYERS


    Howard S. Rich
    Chairman


    • New York real estate investor.
    • Board of Directors, Social Security Choice.org. Note Social Security Choice.org is the social security privatization subsidiary of the Club for Growth.
    • Board of Directors of Cato Institute.
    • President, US Term Limits.
    • Board of Directors, Club for Growth.
    • Longtime Libertarian Party activist, reportedly aligned with Ed Crane.
    • Listed in Court filings as owner of votenet.com
    • Spouse of Andrea Rich, longtime Libertarian Party activist, reportedly affiliated with Ed Crane. Former owner of Laissez Faire Book Store. Home sometimes serves as salon for libertarian gatherings.
    • Address is used for registration of Arizona at its Best, an anti tax/conservative advocacy group. Tracy Thomas, a major contributor to Club for Growth in Arizona is the other officer.
    • Internet Registry for stopthepork.net with NY address and phone number associated with Laissez Faire Books, and Howard Rich.
    • Along with Richard Gilder's $50,000, Rich made a major contribution ($100,000) to the "New Yorkers to Change Albany" committee, which opposed a 2005 state referendum to undo changes to the budgetary process that favored Gov. George Pataki. Note this campaign is where ALG's 800-pound Styrofoam pig "Porky" made its first recorded appearance.

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    Gasoline prices are coming down. So far 20% reduction and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they fall even further...But I think they will go up even more than the 3.50 mark, after the November Elections.. What do you think???

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    ...claims MLK was Republican
    Missed this story the first time around.

    Diabolically clever. You can count on many folks to be stupid enough to believe it.

    Chills my bones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milleniumcab
    Gasoline prices are coming down. So far 20% reduction and it wouldn't surprise me at all if they fall even further...But I think they will go up even more than the 3.50 mark, after the November Elections.. What do you think???
    Yup, I even heard that gas prices might drop down to levels that were not seem in about 10 years (yeah, 10 years). I wonder why..

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    Quote Originally Posted by OmegaNYC View Post
    Yup, I even heard that gas prices might drop down to levels that were not seem in about 10 years (yeah, 10 years). I wonder why..
    It is called..REPUBLICAN POWER...Every indication in the Oil Fields and the World Politics says that the gasoline prices should climb the wall... Since they (Republicans) control the oil companies, it is very convenient that price of gas should come down for the November Elections..

    I just hope that the tactics do not work and Democrats come out ahead... But I wouldn't count on that, there are just too many IDIOTS voting all over America...
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    Quote Originally Posted by milleniumcab
    It is called..REPUBLICAN POWER...Every indication in the Economy and the World Politics says that the gasoline prices should climb the wall... Since they (Republicans) control the oil companies, it is very convenient that price of gas should come down for the November Elections..

    I just hope that the tactics do not work and Democrats come out ahead... But I wouldn't count on that, there are just too many IDIOTS voting all over America...
    Good Point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milleniumcab View Post
    ...there are just too many IDIOTS voting all over America...
    It's called the STUPIDOCRACY. Plato and Aristotle both overlooked it in their surveys of governmental types.

    Actually, it's a branch of oligarchy; the rich and powerful count on the stupid to do their voting for them.

    They know how easy they are to influence.

    The brilliant orchestrator of this process: Karl Rove.

    Ever the cynic.

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    http://www.usnews.com/usnews/opinion...bad_timing.htm

    Last-Minute Bad Timing

    Let's have a contest. Who has done a better job of creating a last-minute crisis for his side, on the eve of one of the closest off-year elections in recent U.S. history: Sen. John Kerry or the Rev. Ted Haggard of Colorado, who supports that state's constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage?

    We'll know the answer next Wednesday, but both men deserve prizes for botched timing.

    Kerry, we all know, told college students earlier this week that without an education, "you get stuck in Iraq." After two days, his fellow partisans pressured him into issuing a written apology for the self-admitted gaffe. At first, Kerry claimed he was really describing President Bush–as he had in previous speeches–and not U.S. troops in Iraq. But charges of "elitist" echoed from coast to coast and even from other Democrats, so Kerry put his abject apology in writing.

    Overnight we have now learned about the woes of überpastor Ted Haggard, founder of the 14,000-member Colorado Springs New Life Church and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, an organization that "represents millions of people." Seems that Haggard is the target of an accusation by a male prostitute, who told a local TV station in Denver that Haggard has been paying him for sex for three years.

    Haggard is not a mouth-foaming, Bible-thumping type of evangelical. When asked by a Colorado TV station whether he believes homosexuality is wrong, there was no brimstone detected in the atmosphere. He said, "I believe God has best plans for us and his best plan is heterosexual living."

    Haggard's "best plan" at the moment is to let his church investigate the charges against him and determine what, if any, punishment should be levied. Of course, Haggard had no control over the bad timing of his misfortune, while Kerry, at least reputedly, controls what comes out of his own mouth. Still, my vote for best bad timing goes to Haggard, whose accuser knocked the Kerry story off the radar screen and may induce even the most "believing" of evangelicals to stay home on Election Day.


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    Well put Friedman...

    Insulting Our Troops, and Our Intelligence



    By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
    Published: November 3, 2006

    Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times
    Thomas Friedman.

    George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld think you’re stupid. Yes, they do.
    They think they can take a mangled quip about President Bush and Iraq by John Kerry — a man who is not even running for office but who, unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, never ran away from combat service — and get you to vote against all Democrats in this election.



    Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, “They must think I’m stupid.” Because they surely do.

    They think that they can get you to overlook all of the Bush team’s real and deadly insults to the U.S. military over the past six years by hyping and exaggerating Mr. Kerry’s mangled gibe at the president.
    What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to the U.S. military than to send it into combat in Iraq without enough men — to launch an invasion of a foreign country not by the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force, but by the Rumsfeld Doctrine of just enough troops to lose? What could be a bigger insult than that?

    What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than sending them off to war without the proper equipment, so that some soldiers in the field were left to buy their own body armor and to retrofit their own jeeps with scrap metal so that roadside bombs in Iraq would only maim them for life and not kill them? And what could be more injurious and insulting than Don Rumsfeld’s response to criticism that he sent our troops off in haste and unprepared: Hey, you go to war with the army you’ve got — get over it.

    What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than to send them off to war in Iraq without any coherent postwar plan for political reconstruction there, so that the U.S. military has had to assume not only security responsibilities for all of Iraq but the political rebuilding as well? The Bush team has created a veritable library of military histories — from “Cobra II” to “Fiasco” to “State of Denial” — all of which contain the same damning conclusion offered by the very soldiers and officers who fought this war: This administration never had a plan for the morning after, and we’ve been making it up — and paying the price — ever since.

    And what could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in Iraq than to send them off to war and then go out and finance the very people they’re fighting against with our gluttonous consumption of oil? Sure, George Bush told us we’re addicted to oil, but he has not done one single significant thing — demanded higher mileage standards from Detroit, imposed a gasoline tax or even used the bully pulpit of the White House to drive conservation — to end that addiction. So we continue to finance the U.S. military with our tax dollars, while we finance Iran, Syria, Wahhabi mosques and Al Qaeda madrassas with our energy purchases.

    Everyone says that Karl Rove is a genius. Yeah, right. So are cigarette companies. They get you to buy cigarettes even though we know they cause cancer. That is the kind of genius Karl Rove is. He is not a man who has designed a strategy to reunite our country around an agenda of renewal for the 21st century — to bring out the best in us. His “genius” is taking some irrelevant aside by John Kerry and twisting it to bring out the worst in us, so you will ignore the mess that the Bush team has visited on this country.

    And Karl Rove has succeeded at that in the past because he was sure that he could sell just enough Bush cigarettes, even though people knew they caused cancer. Please, please, for our country’s health, prove him wrong this time.

    Let Karl know that you’re not stupid. Let him know that you know that the most patriotic thing to do in this election is to vote against an administration that has — through sheer incompetence — brought us to a point in Iraq that was not inevitable but is now unwinnable.

    Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq — and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate — it means our country has become a banana republic. It means our democracy is in tatters because it is so gerrymandered, so polluted by money, and so divided by professional political hacks that we can no longer hold the ruling party to account.
    It means we’re as stupid as Karl thinks we are.
    I, for one, don’t think we’re that stupid. Next Tuesday we’ll see.

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    I fear I should spend all of Tuesday night under the covers.

    I so want to believe in the widsom of the American people, but .......

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    ^ It's the stupidocracy, man. Natural consequence of democracy in the (dis)information age.

    Expect the electorate to grow even stupider in the years to come.

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