Happy Halloween

Did you know? Halloween did not become a holiday in the United States until the 19th century, where lingering Puritan tradition restricted the observance of many holidays. American almanacs of the late 18th and early 19th centuries do not include Halloween in their lists of holidays. The transatlantic migration of nearly two million Irish following the Irish Potato Famine (1845-1849) finally brought the holiday to the United States. Scottish emigration, primarily to Canada before 1870 and to the United States thereafter, brought the Scottish version of the holiday to each country.


51 Responses to “Happy Halloween”

  1. 1 Greg Oct 31st, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    On this picture, seems like Obama is leading 51% to 43%.

  2. 2 Knucklehead Oct 31st, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I’d say it is more of a fitting (hoiiday?) for Obama and his following.

  3. 3 Gar Oct 31st, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Here we go again! I will be so glad when next Tuesday ihas come and gone ….. and the McCain-Palin ticket ihas been elected and Osama Obama can then fade into the woodwork!

    Gar Out

  4. 4 Mike Greenwald Oct 31st, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    ‘Twas the night before elections
    And all through the town
    Tempers were flaring
    Emotions all up and down!

    I, in my bathrobe
    With a cat in my lap
    Had cut off the TV
    Tired of political crap.

    When all of a sudden
    There arose such a noise
    I peered out of my window
    Saw Obama and his boys

    They had come for my wallet
    They wanted my pay
    To give to the others
    Who had not worked a day!

    He snatched up my money
    And quick as a wink
    Jumped back on his bandwagon
    As I gagged from the stink

    He then rallied his henchmen
    Who were pulling his cart
    I could tell they were out
    To tear my country apart!

    ‘ On Fannie, on Freddie,
    On Biden and Ayers!
    On Acorn, On Pelosi’
    He screamed at the pairs!

    They took off for his cause
    And as he flew out of sight
    I heard him laugh at the nation
    Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!

    So I leave you to think
    On this one final note-

  5. 5 Gar Oct 31st, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Too funny!

    Gar Out

  6. 6 Mike Oct 31st, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Boy, the Republicans are sure gonna be sore loosers!

  7. 7 Gar Oct 31st, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Other Mike,

    I repeat: TOOOOOO FUNNY!

    Gar Out

  8. 8 Jenny Oct 31st, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Obama for president.

  9. 9 Gar Oct 31st, 2008 at 5:35 pm


    Obviously you are still hooked up with Forrest Gump …. right. This is the only way you could make such a statement. LOL

    Gar out.

  10. 10 Tony Greenville Oct 31st, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Don’t trust a candidate who is attacking his opponent ‘s character instead of developing and presenting a presidential program. McCain a loser. He belongs to the past, Bush past.

  11. 11 Gar Oct 31st, 2008 at 6:09 pm


    Someone needs to attach Osama’s character …. as character is something the man is terribly deficient in. This guy is full of more smoke and mirrors than a Carnival Funhouse. All of you Osama Groupies will, in the long run, be sorry if this man is elected. He is a socialist thru and thru. Now go back to your college pep rally and let the grown ups worry about the politics.

    Gar Out

  12. 12 Mike Greenwald Oct 31st, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Obama’s advisers have also been working on lowering expectations for Obama’s presidency if he wins next week. It seems that a lot of his supporters are under the wrong, unrealistic impression of just exactly what Obama can achieve once in office. Apparently the refrains of “hope” and “change” lifted people’s expectations of an Obama presidency, and now he has to burst their bubble.

    The sudden financial crisis and the prospect of a deep and painful recession have increased the urgency inside the Obama team to bring people down to earth, after a campaign in which his soaring rhetoric and promises of “hope” and “change” are now confronted with the reality of a stricken economy.

    One senior adviser told The Times that the first few weeks of the transition, immediately after the election, were critical, “so there’s not a vast mood swing from exhilaration and euphoria to despair.”

    When Obama was asked by a radio station in Colorado what his goals were for his first hundred days in office, he replied that he would need more time to take on issues such as Iraq, global warming and health care reform. Obama thinks it will be “the first thousand days that makes the difference.” I wonder if it will take him a thousand days to raise taxes, or will he be able to accomplish that task sooner?

  13. 13 Tony Greenville Oct 31st, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    And now Gar can predict political future!. Anyone elected will face a very, very difficult situation. Obama has better ideas, more skills, more intelligence, more integrity. McCain doesnt understand economy, healthcare, education, energy policy. We want an economist in chief, (not a veteran in chief), surrounded by some of the best businessmen, like Warren Buffet. Obama is our next president and the best choice for the country. All the world is ready to applaud the election of the man who is going to rebuild America and give it back its prestige. Republicans, you already lost and you derve it. McCain is a terrible nominee with a puppet called Palin. Seriously, no one can imagine her becoming president, even among republicans. McCain campaign is disgraceful and full of lies. .

  14. 14 Chris Doria Oct 31st, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Vote intelligent. Vote Obama.

  15. 15 Adam Oct 31st, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    I lean towards Obama because of McCain daily lies about him.

  16. 16 Mike Greenwald Oct 31st, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    When voters go to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots for president, they’ll expect to see the names of US Sens. John McCain (R) and Barack Obama (D). What they might not bargain for are largely obscure “third party” and independent candidates who’ve managed to make their way onto the ballot. How many there are vary from state to state, depending on rules of eligibility. Surely, Coloradans will be confronted by the longest list, a record 16 nominees, among them representatives of the Prohibition and Boston Tea Parties. The 14 nonmajor-party hopefuls on the Colorado ballot and the affiliation of each:

    • Chuck Baldwin, Constitution Party • Bob Barr, Libertarian Party • Cynthia McKinney, Green Party • Jonathan E. Allen, HeartQuake ’08 • Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party • James Harris, Socialist Workers Party • Charles Jay, Boston Tea Party • Alan Keyes, America’s Independent • Gloria La Riva, Socialism and Liberation Party • Bradford Lyttle, US Pacifist Party • Frank E. McEnulty, unaffiliated • Brian Moore, Socialist USA Party • Ralph Nader, unaffiliated • Thomas Robert Stevens, Objectivist Party

  17. 17 Nicker Oct 31st, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    Chris D.

    “… Vote intelligent. Vote Obama …”

    So by “intelligent” you mean pick two guys who can’t event get their story straight..???

    Obama says he’ll only tax those over $250K income to finance his idea of Socialism.
    While his VP Joe says they’ll have to tax those over $150K income.

    So which is it……. Inquiring minds want to know.


  18. 18 Rodent Nov 1st, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Obama for garbageman

  19. 19 Donnie Nov 1st, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Nicker. You must have a hearing problem. Fix it.
    Rodent. Evidently you are prejudiced. Sorry for you.

  20. 20 jim Nov 1st, 2008 at 9:25 am

    You Obama supporters need to be careful about confusing the news with the truth. Your wake-up call will be a sad one for the entire country.

  21. 21 George Nov 1st, 2008 at 9:43 am

    The truth is on the Obama camp. Let’s change this country for the best and get rid of these incompetent republicans.

  22. 22 raycwheeler Nov 1st, 2008 at 12:00 pm


  23. 23 Bill Linderman Nov 1st, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Don’t elect a man (McCain) whose campaign is made of vicious lies and innuendos to scare people away from Obama. McCain & Bush pursue the same fear strategy. This time it will no work. Republicans would say and do anything to be elected. Say no to them. Enough is enough. Time for a radical change.

  24. 24 Rhoades Nov 1st, 2008 at 4:26 pm


    A garbageman is a much more honorable job than any job Obama has ever held, so why call Rodent prejudice? Oh wait Obama was a “Community Organizer” WTF? a Lawyer…we all love lawyers….not! and Politician! I think I would rather have a hardworking garbageman for President than Obama…at least he would know how to take out the trash, something we all can agree on that Washington needs!


    I really hope you don’t share what you are smoking with anyone else! Man, that is some good stuff,,,,

    Just remember this everyone, if you currently do NOT pay any Federal Taxes and you get a check from Obama’s Tax plan = that is called a HAND OUT! Not a tax credit as he calls it. Who is paying for that. If the tax increase on the “Rich” pays for that, then that is called redistribution of wealth. SOCIALISM.

    A tax increase for anyone is very bad for this Country period! What makes you think that once you allow the Federal Government to put there hand in the “Cookie Jar” they will only tax the “Rich”? Once that increase does not pay for all of Obama’s “hand outs”, anyone who pays taxes will see an increase! Obama has already been saying in the past few days that anyone who opposes tax increases is “selfish”. Me personally, I think it’s selfish that wealthy Obama does not take care of his Illegal Immigrant Aunt in Boston…nice guy!! She lives is Government Housing in Boston? WTF?? Oh wait, thats right he didn’t know that she was here illegally, just like he didn’t know anything about, Wright, Ayers etc etc my bad….

    I really hope, come this Election Day, that all you Libs are stuck in line at 7-Eleven and miss voting because you have the munchies from your “Puff – Puff – Give” session at Tony Greenville’s house!

  25. 25 Greeko Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Rhoades. Your post is 100% trash . Seems to me that McCain already lost. Let’s see on Tuesday.

  26. 26 Mickey Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    A lesson of socialism to Rhoades. Socialism is to use citizens tax money to take shares in corporations bankrupt by crooked CEO’s. Obama wants to remove a tax advantage reserved to the rich (3%), not to tax them more than other citizens. Exactly the same tax rates as they were before Bush. To have everybody submitted to the same tax brackets is called social fairness, not socialism. Go back to school and learn. By the way check your spelling before you write. You sound like a garbage man, .

  27. 27 Rhoades Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Greeko, you are entitled to your opinion. Right or wrong.

    What do you do for a living?

    Why are you voting for Obama?

  28. 28 Greeko Nov 1st, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Rhoades. Learn about history. We just had the biggest redistribution of income upwards in the last eight years since the 1920s, and we know how the 1920s ended. I am a commercial pilot . I will pay a tiny bit more taxes and I agree because I see where is the interest of my country and of the majority of its citizens. A capitalist system can’t survive without a strong middle class. Obama is not a socialist. It’s laughable. Just republican propaganda via MacCain & Fox (Faux) news

  29. 29 George Nov 1st, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    The Facts
    Obama has said throughout the campaign that families making less than $250,000 a year will not see a tax increase. Those making less than $200,000 will get a tax cut, he says. “If you make less than a quarter of a million dollars a year, you will not see a single dime of your taxes go up,” Obama said during an October 7 presidential debate in Nashville, Tennessee. “If you make $200,000 a year or less, your taxes will go down.”

    The campaign ad McCain refers to, titled “Defining Moment,” does have a graphic appear on the screen that says, “Families making less than $200,000 get tax cut.” Obama says, “If you have a job, pay taxes and make less than $200,000 a year, you’ll get a tax cut,” which is, again, consistent with the plan he has
    laid out.

    Biden was speaking Monday, October 27, in an interview with WNEP in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He said, “(An) $87 billion tax break doesn’t need to go to people making an average of $1.4 million. It should go like it used to. It should go to middle class people — people making under $150,000 a year.” Biden never
    says that tax breaks should “only” go to such people. The Obama campaign says he was merely using that figure as an example and that the statement does not represent a change in policy.

    The Verdict: False. What McCain is doing here, in part, is comparing apples and oranges. He compares two different aspects of Obama’s tax plan as if they were the same. And Biden never said people making less than $150,000 are the “only” people who would get a tax cut under Obama’s policies.

    Vote Obama.

  30. 30 Jenny Nov 1st, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    During a presidential election republicans have always used the worst political tactics. Shame on McCain and Palin. (add Karl Rowe)

  31. 31 Rhoades Nov 1st, 2008 at 6:42 pm


    Garbage Man. Is that better?

    You are a typical Lib. You think you are better than everyone else. Why is that? Is it because you have a better education than a Garbage Man? Maybe some day I’ll be able to use spell checker like you….this is a blog, not a spelling contest JA!

    To be honest, I hope I never know the “true” definition of Socialism. I don’t want to live in a Socialist Country. Social Fairness? WTF? Who decides what’s fair? Does that mean that if Bob down the street has a nicer Harley than I do that I’m entitled to that also?

    “Social Fairness” to me is reward those who work hard. Don’t reward those who don’t.

    “Social Fairness” to me is everyone pays the same tax rate!!

    “Social Fairness” to me is the best team wins, not everyone gets a trophy because they participated.

    Currently, the “Rich” do NOT have a tax advantage on earned income. The more you make, the higher the tax rate is. Obama wants to increase the highest tax rate. The only people who enjoy a tax advantage are the “Super Rich”. Guys like Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, George Soros etc. etc. enjoy the luxury of having the very best tax planners, estate planners etc. on staff to make sure they pay as little as possible in taxes to the Federal Government. Most of their income comes in the form of Capital Gains which is currently lower than taxes on earned income. Obama’s tax plan does not call for the raising of Capital Gains taxes….yet! This makes me really wonder why these “super Rich” back Obama???

    IMHO, the only thing I agree with you on Mickey is the direction towards Socialism our Country has taken by bailing out these banks and insurance companies. It sucks. I am not for it. Let the companies fail. We need to quit rewarding failure!!! Reward the companies that didn’t fail with all the extra business!!!

  32. 32 Rhoades Nov 1st, 2008 at 7:54 pm


    Taxed individually based on a salary of $200,000 a year, an extra 3% in taxes is an additional $6,000.

    Taxed jointly as a married couple on a salary of $250,000 a year, an extra 3% in taxes is an additional $7,500.

    If you feel the Government will do a better job spending that $6,000 or $7,500 than you can, then why don’t you get out your check book and pay that extra 3% on last years income? It’s in the best interest of our Country right? You said so? It is your money, so bye all means it should be your choice.

    My view is this. If you have that extra money burning a hole in your pocket, why not go down to your local motorcycle shop and purchase some accessories for your motorcycle. That generates income, which is taxed, for the shop owner, parts manufacturer, shop employees etc. Maybe that shop owner, because of your purchase, can now afford to run an advertisement in the local paper to promote his business. From that ad, he may now have the opportunity for more sales that generate more income, which once again is taxed. Maybe the shop owner can hire a part time worker, or buy some needed tools from the Snap On truck. Your $6,000 or $7,500 has now generated income for many individuals and also generated tax revenue for the Federal Government along with State, County and City Governments. State, County and City Governments get nothing if you send that money directly to the Federal Government.

    How do you think sending your check to the Federal Government will benefit the people you are trying to help? You really think that will strengthen the middle class? IMHO, you spending that extra 3% in the private sector will do a lot more for the middle class. Once again, it’s your money, so you should spend it how you want, not how someone thinks you should.

    As a Commercial Airline Pilot, you will feel safer with Obama as President while flying the friendly skies?

  33. 33 Greeko Nov 1st, 2008 at 10:16 pm

    Sorry to tell you that you have a poor understanding of economics. I can’t give you a full course here. But to make things simple. First , the 3% was an extra deduction than “the rich” got. Explain to me why it’s fair to have the rich get a tax deduction that the middle income family doesn’t have. Explain to me why the 3% extra that the rich get and that they spend and or save is more useful to the economy that the same amount spent or saved by the middle class. You can’t explain. Period. The rich will still be able to pay their mortgage, pay for college, pay for whatever they want with extra money left at the end of the month. My lifestyle will not change because of the suppression of a tax deduction that I don’t deserve. The same amount of money spent by the middle class can help them keep their houses, send their kids to college, or buy whatever they want. $1.00 spent by a rich and $1.00 spent by the middle class has the same effect on the economy. Guess what? $1.00 spent by the middle class on a product can make Mr. Rich make his business more profitable. So Mr. Rich can even make more money, hire people, etc. Regarding flying, I am not at all worried with Obama President in my plane or at the white house. America is the most criticized or hated country in the world. And it happened under Bush because of his stupid imperialist foreign policy. With Obama our allies will come back towards us. It will be easier to face terrorism. Since when do you defeat terrorism with an army. You defeat it with intelligence. But the Iraq war was not decided to defeat terrorism but for economic reasons: oil. The war against terrorism was in Afghanistan. Terrorists moved to Iraq after Saddam Hussein was executed. The Iraq war is a total disaster whenever the war ends, in 1 month, 1 year or 50 years from now. See what’s going to happen.

  34. 34 Nicker Nov 1st, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    Well, lets see now.
    Obama Proposes:
    – to increase the top individual income tax rate by 13%
    – to increase the capital gains tax to 33%
    – to increase the tax rate on dividends by 33%
    – to raise the top payroll tax rate between 16%-32%
    – to tax employers to pay for national health insurance
    – to reinstate the death tax
    – to phase in a new top marginal tax rate of %45
    – to institute a windfall profits tax tax on oil companies
    – etc… etc… etc…

    Obama says only higher tax brackets will be effected.
    The Problem is higher marginal tax rates affect incentives to save, invest, start/expand business, create jobs…. economic growth throughout the economy.

    These are EXACTLY the strategies Hoover implemented to transform the 29 economic downturn into a Depression. (see Robert Mundell Nobel prize-winning economist).

    When Obama & Co. propose a $500 give away to the bottom 95% of income earners. In 72 Mc Govern tried to give away $1000 to the same people….. This is supposed to be “Change”……?????

    Hows my “hearing” so far Donnie…. 🙂


  35. 35 Rhoades Nov 2nd, 2008 at 12:24 am


    Ordinary Income: The top two income tax brackets would return to their 1990’s levels of 36% and
    39.6%. All other tax brackets would remain as they are today. Obama would also restore the 1990’s
    levels for the personal exemption and itemized deduction phaseouts (known as PEP and Pease).
    Obama would work with the Treasury Department to adjust the thresholds of these rates slightly to
    ensure that no married couple making less than $250,000 (or single making less than $200,000) was
    affected by these changes.

    Above directly from Obama’s tax plan listed on his website. Along with phaseouts of the itemized deductions and personal exemptions you feel you don’t deserve, he plans on raising taxes. That is what I was talking about.

    Also, I would rather see a tax break for all that pay taxes. What’s wrong with that? Sounds much better than tax credits or handouts for those who don’t pay taxes. Anyone spending their OWN money in the private sector is much better for the economy than paying it to the Federal Government. Poor, Middle Class, Upper Middles Class, & Rich can all spend there hard earned money much better than the Federal Government. As you said, PERIOD!

    If the Government can’t operate on the current tax revenue, then guess what CUT COSTS. Do what all businesses do when your income cannot cover your expenses. CUT COSTS! Us business owners can’t just raise our prices! Why is it OK for the Federal Government to just raise taxes? In the current economy, how about all Government employees take a 3% pay cut or all current Government funded programs (except for any agency / program that has anything to do with our National Security) cut there budgets by 3%?

    By the way, as a small business owner of a business that is 36 years old, I am not even close to being in the category of having a tax increase under what Obama is currently trying to sell. I work very hard and aspire to be in that category. I just don’t have any faith that Obama with a Democrat controlled Congress will keep there promise of only increase taxes of the “Rich”. I fear they will increase taxes on all that pay taxes.

    You cannot possible give me a lesson in economics unless you have been in business for yourself. You have no understanding of what small business owners face. If you did you would share some of my same views as do many of the other bloggers that own there own businesses.

    As far as your other views go…WOW! Just like most of the Left Libs, deep down you do not like America. How can you when you make some of the comments above? Countries hate us but when something happens they all look to us for help. People die in our Arizona desert trying to sneak in??? How can the most hated Country be the most desired Country to live in? Well maybe second to Monaco, where by the way, people want to live because it is a tax haven!!!

    Like Bush or hate him, at least you are now able to fly your plane without some America hating, no good for nothing, F’N Terrorist trying to take it over and fly it into a building and kill innocent Americans. Oh that’s right, once Obama becomes President, everyone will love America and there will be World peace right? Hell, you can take those doors off your plane separating the passengers from the pilots because when Obama becomes the Leader Of the Free World no one could possibly want to attack us again!!

    If you do feel you don’t deserve the extra tax breaks you get, please take that money and donate it to charity.

    I guess the only thing we both agree on, is that we disagree!

  36. 36 Mike Greenwald Nov 2nd, 2008 at 8:07 am

    Many articles nip at Republicans for completely failing to address federal social policies destroying marriage in America. McCain gave social conservatives the coldest of all shoulders in this regard.
    However, his shortcomings pale in comparison to Obama. We have all heard that Obama’s best friends to this day are feminists, Marxists, white-haters, and revolution-for-the-hell-of-it bomb-slingers and constitutional anarchists. A fair amount of this is actually true in the present-day sense.

    Sure we are mad at Bush for some things. Much of our anger should be directed at Congress – from whence legislation flows. The vast majority of insane federal social legislation was created by Democrats (while Republicans often avoided the issues).
    We are very upset about the breakdown of our financial systems triggered by the home loan crisis. To this end, McCain deserves very high marks: he opposed loose loan legislation enacted by Democrats giving home loans to the poor, unemployed, and single mothers who simply cannot afford them.

    But these are all externals. They have little impact on responsible Americans who work hard and do not live on credit.

    We must look forward to titrate the future consequences of our vote. After a great deal of contemplation, it seems my vote boils down to one thing: my inheritance.
    In 2010, the moratorium on the death tax is set to expire. Everyone with an inheritance, particularly if it is bigger than a breadbox, should vote for McCain.

    Obama has lowered the bar several times in his speeches on taxation. He started out taxing folks that make more than $350,000. In just four weeks time, that amount has dropped to $120,000. It will quickly evaporate to include just about anyone over a poverty-level income.
    That’s Obama’s theme – Marxist redistribution — mob rule modeled on Chicago south-side Daley-machine ward scumbags who never worked a day in their lives (and on weekends hang out in holy-rolling white-hating welfare churches elevating personal irresponsibility into an excusable religion).

    If McCain is President, we are far more likely to see the death tax moratorium extended or made permanent. I cannot envision McCain vetoing such legislation.

    So, unless you want to throw away half your inheritance to irresponsible people who for years have had every choice and affirmation to change their lives but do not, vote for McCain.
    And, if you want to preserve the inheritance intended for your children, so you can retire and still have something left to give them, vote McCain.

    Obama claims that us hard-working Americans are selfish for not wanting to entitle sloth and personal irresponsibility. May I remind His Highness that the consequences for one’s slothful actions are not a punishment meted by those who chose to work and save.
    Do not be distracted by the externals. Vote your pocketbook. While McCain leaves much to be desired, he’s still the better choice.

  37. 37 Greeko Nov 2nd, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Rhoades wrote.

    “Above directly from Obama’s tax plan listed on his website. Along with phaseouts of the itemized deductions and personal exemptions you feel you don’t deserve, he plans on raising taxes. That is what I was talking about”. FALSE.

    “Also, I would rather see a tax break for all that pay taxes. What’s wrong with that? “. The above $250,000 aleady got this tax break (during 8 years).

    “WOW! Just like most of the Left Libs, deep down you do not like America”. FALSE. I even went to the 1st Gulf war as a pilot..

    “How can the most hated Country be the most desired”. FALSE. no more. Even for Mexicans, less & less. Mexicans go to America because it’s practical, just north of the border…

    “Well maybe second to Monaco, where by the way, people want to live because it is a tax haven!!! “. FALSE. Not For Americans. Americans who would live in Monaco still pay taxes to uncle Sam because an American is taxed anywhere in the world versus his citizenship, not the place where he lives 6 months & 1 day, like Europeans. Reason why there is 0 interest for an American to live in Monaco. Only disavantages, for example paying huge real estate prices. There is no American living in Monaco for tax purpose. You know nothing about international taxation and tax haven places.

    “Like Bush or hate him, at least you are now able to fly your plane without some America hating”. FALSE. It’s because of homeland security (not too good, I think), not because of the Iraq war.

    “When Obama becomes the Leader Of the Free World no one could possibly want to attack us again!!”. FALSE. Nobody said this. But a President understanding foreign policy better than Bush will help a lot to ensure our security and will be better at fighting terrorism (with intelligence, sanctions against countries harboring them, etc).

    “If you do feel you don’t deserve the extra tax breaks you get, please take that money and donate it to charity”. I already do and get an extra tax break.

    I fly internationally. Know the world. Everywhere you go you get this question? What’s wrong with Bush/Cheney, with the american republicans? Read the international press: only 2 former soviet republics favor McCain. All other countries, even with republican leaders favor Obama. In a poll last week 82% of Europeans citizens favor Obama. Now, explain to me. America is right and the rest of the world is wrong? Come on! Don’t tell me that you don’t care what the rest f the world think and feel. If you do you don’t understand politics.

    By the way, I have a majority stake in a US business with international clientele. (fret). For businesses I also favor Obama’s plan.

  38. 38 Greeko Nov 2nd, 2008 at 9:05 am

    And to conclude, about the msleading statements that McCain is making and that you repeat like a parrot. (check online all these facts).

    A- Countries with the largest immigration (versus current population).

    1- Canada, 2 Europe (1-Germany, 2 France, 3rd Italy). 3- USA

    B- Business Tax rates.

    Except Ireland (terrible weather, nothing to do), all european countries have business tax rates higher than in the US. McCain pretends that the US is the 2nd highest tax rate country after Japan. 100% False.

    Do you know that a Presidential candidate is immune from lawsuits for lying and making misleading statements. McCain & the republicans are champion at this game of making you believe what they want.

    To end this. I vote for a candidate, not a party. (Voted for Reagan). Bush/Cheney destroyed the republican party. Better off for the republicans to lose and rebuild their party with new people. GOP is desperate, broken, almost dead.

  39. 39 4Obama Nov 2nd, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Obama Plan.

    Rhoades, you should get informed before you vote. See below.

    Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples.

    Provide generous tax cuts for low- and middle-income seniors, homeowners, the uninsured, and families sending a child to college or looking to save and accumulate wealth.
    Eliminate capital gains taxes for small businesses, cut corporate taxes for firms that invest and create jobs in the United States, and provide tax credits to reduce the cost of healthcare and to reward investments in innovation.

    Dramatically simplify taxes by consolidating existing tax credits, eliminating the need for millions of senior citizens to file tax forms, and enabling as many as 40 million middle-class Americans to do their own taxes in less than five minutes without an accountant.
    Under the Obama Plan:

    Middle class families will see their taxes cut – and no family making less than $250,000 will see their taxes increase. The typical middle class family will receive well over $1,000 in tax relief under the Obama plan, and will pay tax rates that are 20% lower than they faced under President Reagan. According to the Tax Policy Center, the Obama plan provides three times as much tax relief for middle class families as the McCain plan.

    Families making more than $250,000 will pay either the same or lower tax rates than they paid in the 1990s. Obama will ask the wealthiest 2% of families to give back a portion of the tax cuts they have received over the past eight years to ensure we are restoring fairness and returning to fiscal responsibility. But no family will pay higher tax rates than they would have paid in the 1990s. In fact, dividend rates would be 39 percent lower than what President Bush proposed in his 2001 tax cut.
    Obama’s plan will cut taxes overall, reducing revenues to below the levels that prevailed under Ronald Reagan (less than 18.2 percent of GDP). The Obama tax plan is a net tax cut – his tax relief for middle class families is larger than the revenue raised by his tax changes for families over $250,000. Coupled with his commitment to cut unnecessary spending, Obama will pay for this tax relief while bringing down the budget deficit.

    McCain’s Stance on Taxes.

    John McCain’s plan leaves 101 million American households with no tax relief, while giving $200 billion to corporations, including $4 billion tax cut to oil companie

  40. 40 Will Roy Nov 2nd, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    Example of McCain poor judgment. Sarah Palin.
    Don’t trust Mccain. He is confused, desoriented and desperate.
    Vote Obama.

  41. 41 Dean Nov 2nd, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    McCain bitter and angry spitting lies, making all kind of promises but having no plan. I think it’s over. Obama will win the election.

  42. 42 Fausto Simoes Nov 2nd, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Opinions on a blog are one thing, but your vote is the only opinion that really counts!

  43. 43 Nicker Nov 3rd, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Will R-

    “… Don’t trust Mccain …”

    Obama wants the Justice Department to bring criminal charges against AIP and it’s donor who sponsored a TV add criticizing his connection to W. Ayers. Not to mention threatening the TV station’s license.

    So, he wants to fine and criminally charge his opponents…. Punish them for 1st amendment political speech.

    And this is the guy your gonna trust ….???


  44. 44 Nicker Nov 3rd, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Oh and for all of you who have a “problem” with Republicans, do you-all think the Demos like this are the answer….???

    RE: -Maxine Waters- (Sept-03)
    “… Mr chairman, we do not have a crisis at Freddie Mac, and in particular at Fannie Mae, under the outstanding leadership of Mr. Frank Raines. Everything in the 1992 act has worked just fine. In fact, the GSEs have exceeded their housing goals. What we need to do today is to focus on the regulator, and this must be done in a manner so as not to impede their affordable housing mission, a mission that has seen innovation flourish….. underwriting to 100% loans…”

    The same crap came out of “the skin-flute virtuosos” from Massachusetts.

    This is what set up the 2008 meltdown.
    How much more of LBJ’s “Great Society” legacy do we have to endure…. ???


  45. 45 Conrad Nicklus Nov 3rd, 2008 at 11:05 am


    Concerning this quote; “Cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples”

    Answer me this. Does a person who owns the company that the employees work for not work? Because I am pretty sure that they do work than the employee. Why dont they get the tax cut and the employee have to pay for that cut instead of the other way around?

    I am sorry that some people dont have enough balls to go out and start their own business. Instead they work for someone who has the balls and who has made it while the employee sits back and is jealous and says he works all the time blahblahblah..Trust me I know this, I deal with this crap constantly with my fatehrs companies.

    So really who is the harder worker? The OWNER and who is going to be taxed for doing more work? THE OWNER.

    But who is getting tax cuts? THE PERSONW HO WORKS LESS.

  46. 46 Frank Nov 3rd, 2008 at 11:32 am

    Conrad. It’s the most ridiculous statement I read in a long time. A business owner is also considered an employee of the corporation. Even if the business owner does;t receive a salary and receives only dividend distributions (because he will have to pay SS and medicare on these distributions). Your father should know all this! In addition, having a lower income doesn’t mean you work less!!!

  47. 47 Nicker Nov 3rd, 2008 at 3:37 pm


    Sounds to me like Conrad is saying that the owner works 24/7 while the employee works 9-to-5 for 5 days. Also, the Owner in the one taking all the risk.

    Moreover, all the small business people i know pay the employees first. If there is something left, they get payed (after the business is funded).

    Now i don’t know about you, but in my book that is “working harder”…..


  48. 48 Jeff Nicklus Nov 3rd, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    To all,

    During this political season let’s be reminded of these wise words:

    You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.

    Abraham Lincoln

  49. 49 Nicker Nov 3rd, 2008 at 6:58 pm


    Thats a Keeper!
    I’m gonna have-ta pass that one on.



  50. 50 Rhoades Nov 3rd, 2008 at 11:34 pm


    Love your spin on the immigration. (Versus current population?). Man if you ever decide to give up flying you could get a job for the Liberal Press!!!

    What I said was the United States is the most desired Country to live. More people want to live in this Great Nation than any other. That is a fact.

    Your spin on this; the percentage of immigrants to citizens is higher in Canada and the E.U. With that logic, if an immigrant would want to move to a deserted island, that island would now be the most desired place to live because the percentage of immigrants to citizens would be 100%. Sounds like the Spin that ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and almost all the major newspapers have put on this election.

    The true numbers below show that the United States has more than 3 times the amount of immigrants than the second place Country of Russia. Dislike Us?????

    Number of Immigrants by Country
    Most Recent Numbers Provided By Nation Master (Check It Out)

    #1 United States @ 38,355,000
    #2 Russia @ 12,080,000
    #3 Germany @ 10,144,000

    #7 Canada @ 6,106,000

    I’ve also been very fortunate to travel the World and over the years have many customers around the Globe. The people that I have come in contact with may not agree with the policies of America, but they RESPECT the United States for what it stands for. I also do not agree with many Foreign Nations policies, but I do not think that my opinion should have any relevance what so ever. I just don’t think, what anyone from another Country likes or dislikes about our Nation’s policies, should have any relevance on who you choose to be our next President.

    Greeko, you need to read Obama’s tax plan on his website. I copied and pasted the portion you said was false directly from his website. Click on tax plan and you can download a full PDF version. I did!

    Greeko, you honestly think that only the McCain campaign would lie….WOW??!!! Can Obama do no wrong with you supporters???

    Greeko & 4Obama (how about using your real name!). I have studied both Obama’s & McCains agendas. We can all argue until we are blue in the face, but it all comes down to this: Do you buy what they are trying to sell?


    To me, it’s the same BS the Dems promised and got them elected and control over the House & Senate. After 2 years what “change” did they bring? What promises did they keep? And why is there approval rating worse than Bush’s? Smoke & Mirrors!!

    What this Country can’t afford is another 2 years like the last 2 years! The 6 before that weren’t so bad!!!

  51. 51 Nicker Nov 4th, 2008 at 2:40 am


    It’s after 10:PM here. I just got pack from pounding the pavement through my precinct.
    This afternoon Pole Observers coming back from their orientation class told us something VERY unnerving.

    Seems the State of California (in spite of record registration numbers received months ago) has somehow managed to not print enough Ballots….!?!

    Golly, i wonder how that happened….???

    The proposed “fix” ….. is to have all those people who can’t get an official (serial numbered) ballot simply fill out a “temporary ballot.” These “neo-ballots” will be collected and sent to the county where they are to be “…hand transcribed onto ‘real ballots’ for counting.
    (attention please: would all the Foxes please reprot to the Hen House)

    And what party do you suppose controls the CA voting process….????

    As “the Church Lady” would say………”isn’t that special”……. 🙂

    Now, back to your issue:
    Certainly, the “Mc-ster” is no optimum choice. I’ll give ya that one…… not by a LONG shot (IMHO).
    HOWEVER (with a capital H)….. Obama and the company he’s keeping are an utter DISASTER!

    Setting asside all the economic stuff.
    The entire proposition (Obama -vs- McCain) hinges on judges to be put on the bench.
    Even a failed Obama presidency could put in place enough judicial activists to destroy this country for generations (if not permanent;y).

    Every Socialist & Marxist is behind that boy.
    Don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly the kind-a “change” i’m looking for………. 🙁


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