Friday, September 19, 2008
The article opens:
Five weeks ago, the St. Petersburg Times convened a group of Tampa Bay voters who were undecided about the presidential election. Their strong distrust of Barack Obama suggested it was a group ripe for John McCain to win over.
Not anymore. The group has swung dramatically, if unenthusiastically, toward Democrat Obama. Most of them this week cited the same reason: Sarah Palin.
Among the fence sitters is a man named Donn Spegal who is identified as a lifelong Republican:
"The one thing that frightens me more than anything else are the ideologues. We've seen too many," said 80-year-old Air Force veteran Donn Spegal, a lifelong Republican from St. Petersburg, who sees McCain's new running mate as the kind of "wedge issue" social conservative that has made him disenchanted with his party.
It took freeper "dirtboy" to reveal the following:
Lifelong Republican? Then why was his only documented campaign contribution 11 years ago to a Democrat?
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Milton singing The Man Song
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Bill Clinton Denied a Kiss from Hillary
A Christopher Tarsa writes a letter to the editor:
As a Republican and strong McCain supporter in 2000, I was disappointed and saddened in 2004 when McCain permanently traded in his maverick credentials and sold out his principles to support George W. Bush. I now find it equally disturbing to see him gamble our security and future with a reckless choice for a running mate.
Gov. Sarah Palin clearly has a bright future in politics. She may even have the depth and diversity of experience to be a vice-presidential candidate four years from now.
The McCain ticket, with all of its newfound “freshness” and despite all of the claims, has quickly devolved into the politics-as-usual that we have come to expect in the last eight years. McCain and Palin quickly emerged from the rhetoric of their convention as the uniters of dividers.
I talk politics with a lot of people from all walks of life. I find it compelling that many of the ordinary Republicans I talk to understand that their families cannot afford another four years like the last eight. We all deserve better.
BUT THEN the editors added this below his letter:
Tarsa is chairman of the Lebanon County Democratic Committee.
Also on National Review and WSJ's Best Of The Web and the blog Ace Of Spades
Monday, September 15, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
AnnaZ For President
This is my candidate for President
Then Gregory Tucker from Centerville came out to introduce Obama. He talked about his high school son and how he had coached the son’s team in a science build competition. Then he told everyone he was a lifelong Republican who was voting for Obama because he had a vision for the future.
Well, according to the Ohio voter registration records, he voted in the following elections:
2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
2007 NOV GENERAL
2006 NOV GENERAL
2005 MAY PRIMARY
2004 GEN PRESIDENTIAL
And he is a registered Democrat who has NEVER voted as a Republican before!
This is his voting record: ,,,,,,,,,,,,X,,X,,,,X,,,X,,D
(again, obviously "D" stand for Democrat, but i do not know what the "X" stands for or all those commas)
Now, if he was a lifelong Republican, you'd think he'd have quite a few R's before that "D"
And according to Newsmeat, he donated 500 bucks to the Obama primary campaign way back in March 2007:
Tucker, Gregory J
Centerville , OH 45459
Not employed/Student OBAMA, BARACK (D)
OBAMA FOR AMERICA $500
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Over at the Irregular Times blog, Jim, an obama supporter recorded the following speech from Jim Miner:
Most of you know me because of Ohio State, but a lot of you also know me because I’ve been a lifelong Republican. I’ve been pretty active over the years for the Republican Party, enough said. In this election, my family, my community and the nation can’t afford four more years of the same thing.
So this is the year that I know I’m heading out of the party and I’m supporting Obama. That’s become even more clear the past couple of days where I’m almost embarrassed to say I that used to be a Republican based on the ticket they’ve put together. So if you think about not just a heartbeat, but — not a strong heartbeat away from the presidency, we can’t afford to have someone who’s not strong in foreign relations, who’s not strong with domestic policy, and really has no experience. We can’t afford the Republicans.
Well, there was that red flag again. The phrase "lifelong republican". All I had to do was do a little search in the Ohio voter registration records which reveals he's currentlly a registered Democrat, and yes has voted as a Republican, but also has voted as a Dem a couple of times already (plus has donated 250 bucks to the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign back in March 2008).
"become even more clear the past couple of days where I’m almost embarrassed to say I that used to be a Republican based on the ticket they’ve put together."
So this is a recent decision, Mr. Miner?
Here are the elections he has voted in so far:
2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY
2007 NOV GENERAL
2006 NOV GENERAL
2006 MAY PRIMARY
2005 NOV GENERAL
2005 MAY PRIMARY
2004 GEN PRESIDENTIAL
2004 MAR PRIMARY
2003 NOV GENERAL
2002 NOV GENERAL
2002 MAY PRIMARY
2001 NOV GENERAL
2000 NOV GENERAL
2000 MAR PRIMARY
(the downloadable online Ohio voting records goes back to only 2000. So I do not know of his voting history before then)
Here is how he voted in those elections:
The first "R" he voted as was in the March 2000 primarary. and so on down the line. I do not know what the "X" stands for. (unafilliated? Independent? Didnt vote at all?). Nor do I know what the extra commas are for. Perhaps he skipped over voting in an election? This is kind of hard to decipher, but what is clear is that he has voted Dem before. So its laughable to listen to him say "this is the year that I know I’m heading out of the party", when its obvious he has "headed out of" the party before. And twice as laughable for him to refer to himself as a lifelong Republican. This is no "lifelong Republican".
Over at the Irregular Times, the poster "Jim" who recorded the audio and posted it at IT, ends his post with this:
Lifelong Republicans have had enough.
Yeah, what we have had enough of is the Obama supporting phony baloney "lifelong Republicans". Would it kill them to stop pretending to be something they are not? And to just come out and say "I'm a Democrat and I'm supporting Barack Obama?". To be honest with themselves and the rest of the world?
Friday, September 05, 2008
Here is Bishop Dixon's comment:
As a life-long Republican, the comments I heard last night about community organizing crossed the line. It is one thing to question someone’s experience, another to demean the work of millions of hard working Americans who take time to get involved in their communities. When people come together in my church hall to improve our community, they’re building the Kingdom of God in San Diego. We see the fruits of community organizing in safer streets, new parks, and new affordable housing. It’s the spirit of democracy for people to have a say and we need more of it,”
As I've said before, real Republicans almost never refer to themselves as a "lifelong republican". So when Bishop Roy Dixon said that, it made me suspicious and I went to Newsmeat where I found the following (Roy Dixon was an owner of 12 Taco Bell restaurants before he became a Bishop. Opened his first Taco Bell in Otay Mesa in 1978):
SPRING VALLEY, CA 91977
OTAY MESA FOODS FILNER, BOB (D)
House (CA 51)
BOB FILNER FOR CONGRESS $250
You cant even trust a Bishop. (Probably sometime within the next couple of months he'll come forward and declare his support for Obama)
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Here on the Barack Obama campaign blogging pages. This one from a woman named Chayah Masters. On her blogging page she says: "Observations from a Republican turned Democrat as of Sarah Palin's acceptance speech" (click on pic for larger image):
In her two first blogging posts on the Barack Obama blogger/community site she says:
"As a lifelong Republican (until now)" and then, "As a former Republican, I can't tell you how often I've heard Dems called the "bleeding heart" party by Republicans I knew."
(As an actual Republican, I cant recall any time my fellow Republicans refered to the Dems as the "bleeding heart party", and I can't recall my fellow Republicans refering to themselves as "lifelong Republicans")
And, on her profile page of her corner on the Barack Obama blogger/community site, she has the following (click on pic for larger image):
Note she claims to have voted Republican for every election since she was 18, was a Republican up untill the time Sarah Palin made her speech (at the Republican convention, just yesterday, September 3). And that she voted for Senator Obama in the primary.
Problem: California has a peculiar type of "open/closed primary" system.
Here is what this site says about that:
Open primaries (or pick-a-party) are those in which voters of any affiliation may vote for the slate of any party.
Closed primaries are those in which only the voters affiliated with a party may vote in its primary.
Blanket primaries (or "jungle primaries") are those in which voters, regardless of affiliation, may choose the party primary in which they want to vote on an office-by-office basis. The blanket primary was struck down in 2001 by the Supreme Court in CA Democratic Party v. Jones.
California: Parties may allow voters who decline to state their party affiliation to participate in their primaries. Democrats currently allow registered Democrats and independents to vote in their primary. Republicans currently have a closed primary.
Here is the website for the California state government in which they explain their primary system, and here is an excerpt:
Two qualified political parties filed the requisite statement notifying the Secretary of State that they adopted a party rule permitting unaffiliated voters to request their party ballot in the February 5, 2008 Presidential Primary Election to participate in the primary election for partisan offices:
Democratic Party, letter dated September 19, 2007
American Independent Party, letter dated August 23, 2007
Which means that the only way that she could have voted for Obama in the primary is if she was a registered Democrat, or Independent (or unafilliated). Republicans cannot vote in the Democrat primaries in California (and vice-versa).
Oh, and note that last part I underlined in which she indicates that she's not registered to vote!!! Is that a mistake? Or did she accidentally tell the truth? If it's the truth, then how could she have voted for anyone? How could she have voted for any Republican and/or in the Presidential primary? And if it is a mistake, then how could she, a "lifelong Republican" up untill Sarah Palin's speech, vote for Barack Obama in the primary?
One last note, in her diatribe about the nomination of Sarah Palin, she writes the following:
All this bluster coming from the Republicans is rather obnoxious considering it took them so long to open their minds to supporting a female candidate for a top political slot nevermind VP.
Evidently she isnt up to female GOP history:
Three women attend the founding meeting of the Republican Party in Ripon, Wis., and women actively campaign for Republican presidential candidate John Fremont.
Journalist Jane Grey Swisshelm becomes known as the "mother of the Republican Party" in Minnesota.
Republicans win the White House for the first time with the election of Abraham Lincoln, whose campaign was aided by prominent women such as suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Anna Dickinson of Pennsylvania becomes the "star" of the Republican Party by campaigning in state and national races across the country.
The first official recognition of women in a major party platform appears in the Republican Party platform.
Sara Andrews Spencer, who ran a school of penmanship with her husband in Washington, D.C., becomes the first woman to address a committee at the Republican National Convention when she presents a "woman suffrage memorial" written by Susan B. Anthony.
At the request of Susan B. Anthony, Sen. A.A. Sargent (R-CA) introduces the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Congress.
Judith Ellen Foster of Iowa establishes the Women's National Republican Association, the first woman's partisan organization formally recognized by the Republican Party.
Therese A. Jenkins and Cora Carleton, alternates from Wyoming, are the first women to be officially seated at a Republican National Convention.
The first woman to address the Republican National Convention, J. Ellen Foster, declares in her speech, "We are here to help you, and we have come to stay."
Republican Estelle Reel of Wyoming is the first woman elected to state office when she becomes Wyoming's second superintendent of public instruction.
Republicans Clara Cressingham, Carrie C. Holly, and Frances S. Klock of Colorado are sworn in as first women to serve in a state legislature in U.S. history.
The first equal rights of women plank carried in any major party platform is contained in the Republican Party platform.
The first two women seated at a Republican National Convention as full delegates are Lucy Clark and Susa Young Gates, both of Utah.
The first woman elected to Congress is a Republican – Jeannette Rankin – elected member-at-large from Montana.
The first major party to favor federal woman suffrage is the Republican Party.
The Republican National Committee appoints Ruth Hanna McCormick of Illinois to head a new women's organization, the Republican Women's National Executive Committee, which was renamed the Women's Division in late 1919.
The first act after regaining Republican control of Congress is passage of the Equal Suffrage Amendment.
The Women’s Division of the Republican National Committee is established.
Lenna Lowe Yost becomes the first woman tally clerk at a Republican National Convention. She later becomes Republican National Committeewoman from West Virginia, vice chair of the Republican Executive Committee, and Director of the Republican National Committee Women’s Division.
Eight women are appointed members of a Women’s Executive Committee of the National Committee.
For the first time, women are given equal representation on the Republican National Committee with a rule change providing for a national committeewoman and committeeman from each state.
The first woman to serve as chairman of a convention committee is Mabel Walker Willenbrandt, assistant attorney general of the United States, who chairs the Credentials Committee.
The first woman to serve on the Resolutions Committee is Dr. Martha Robert de Romeu of Puerto Rico.
Minnie Davenport Craig (R-ND) is first woman elected to be Speaker of the House in a state legislature.
The first woman to hold the title of assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee is Marion E. Martin, founder of the National Federation of Republican Women.
The National Federation of Republican Women is founded to educate, inform and motivate women to become political activists.
The Republican Party becomes the first major political party to endorse an equal rights amendment for women in its platform.
Passage of Rule 29 gives women equal representation on all committees of the Republican National Committee.
Gladys Pyle of South Dakota is the first woman to nominate a Republican presidential candidate at a national convention. She nominates Gov. Harl Bushfield.
For the first time, women are given equal representation with men on the Resolutions Committee of the Republican Party.
Mrs. Dudley C. Hay of Michigan becomes the first woman elected secretary of the Republican National Committee.
Judy Weis of New York – second NFRW president – becomes the first woman to run a Republican nominee’s headquarters. She subsequently becomes the first woman to hold a high office in a presidential election campaign, serving as Associate National Director of the Thomas E. Dewey campaign.
For the first time, there is an organized effort to mobilize the American woman’s vote – for Republican presidential candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower. Ivy Baker Priest, later treasurer of the United States, leads the drive.
The first woman named Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare is Oveta Culp Hobby, appointed by President Eisenhower.
The first woman named U.S. ambassador to a major power – Italy – is Republican Clare Booth Luce, also appointed by President Eisenhower.
The first woman parliamentarian at the Republican National Convention is Republican Congresswoman Katherine St. George (R-NY).
Conseulo Northrop Bailey of Vermont is the first woman to serve as chairman of one of the four convention committees when she chairs the Committee on Call.
The first campaign is launched featuring a presidential candidate’s wife as a vote-getter in her own right. Clare B. Williams Shank, assistant chairman of the Republican National Committee, directs the “Pat (Nixon) for First Lady” campaign.
For the first time in the history of any political convention, a woman – Republican Josephine Good – serves as executive director of the Convention.
The first woman to have her name placed in nomination for the U.S. presidency by either of the two major parties is Republican Margaret Chase Smith of Maine (also the first woman elected to both the House and the Senate). She comes in second to Barry Goldwater at the Republican National Convention in San Francisco.
The first woman chairman of a state committee of any major political party is a Republican – Elly Peterson of Michigan.
The first woman in political history to be elected to the national co-chairmanship of either party is a Republican – Anne Armstrong of Texas.
The first woman to be the keynote speaker at a national convention of any major political party is a Republican – Anne Armstrong of Texas.
Mary Louise Smith of Iowa becomes the first woman chairman of the Republican National Committee.
The first woman to be appointed Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development is a Republican – Carla Hills – appointed by President Gerald Ford.
Republican Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas is the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate without first having been preceded by her husband in Congress or first being appointed to fill an unexpired term.
For the first time, two women members of the U.S. Senate – Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-KN) and Sen. Paula Hawkins (R-FL) – serve concurrently in their positions without first being appointed to fill an unexpired term.
The first female Supreme Court justice – Republican Sandra Day O’Connor – is appointed by President Ronald Reagan.
President Reagan appoints the first woman U.S. Representative to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick.
President Reagan also appoints the first female director of presidential personnel, Helene von Damm.
In his first two years in office, President Reagan appoints more women to serve in top policy-making positions than any other president for a comparable period of time (105 positions).
The first woman appointed Secretary of the Department of Transportation is a Republican – Elizabeth Dole of Kansas. She is appointed by President Reagan.
The first time in history three women serve concurrently in a president’s cabinet – Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Transportation; Margaret Heckler, Secretary of Health and Human Services; and, Jeane Kirkpatrick, U.S. Representative to the United Nations. They serve in a Republican administration.
The first female head of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission is Susan Meredith Phillips.
Janet McCoy becomes the first woman high commissioner of the U.S. Trust Territories.
Faith Evans of Hawaii is the first woman appointed U.S. Marshall.
The first woman and the first Republican elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii, and the first Asian-American woman elected to Congress, is Pat Saiki.
The first time in history five Republican women receive the party nomination for governor – Kay Orr of Nebraska, Julie Belaga of Connecticut, Norma Paulus of Oregon, Arliss Sturgelewski of Alaska, and Patty Cafferata of Nevada.
The first Republican woman elected governor is Kay Orr of Nebraska.
In his two terms, President Reagan selects women for more than 1,400 high-level, policy-making positions.
President George Bush appoints approximately 2,500 women to high-level positions, including Surgeon General Antonia C. Novello, Secretary of Labor Elizabeth Dole, Secretary of Transportation Lynn Martin, Secretary of Commerce Barbara Franklin and U.S. Trade Rep. Carla Hills.
A woman holds the top staff position of the Republican National Committee, and women head six of the RNC’s divisions and departments.
On January 25, 1995, New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman becomes the first woman to respond to the President’s State of the Union Address.
Robin Carle becomes the first woman to serve as Clerk of the House of Representatives while Cheryl Lau becomes the first woman to serve as House Counsel.
A historic number of women gain appointment to prominent committees and leadership positions in the 104th Congress. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum (R-KS) becomes the first woman to chair a Senate committee.
As chairman of the House Small Business Committee, Jan Meyers (R-KS) becomes the first woman to chair a House committee since 1976.
Republican women chair a record seven House subcommittees and three Senate subcommittees. Rep. Heather Wilson (R-NM) becomes the first female veteran and the first Air Force Academy graduate elected to the House of Representatives. Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) becomes the first woman to seek a House senior leadership post when she runs for Majority Leader. As vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Tillie Fowler (R-FL) is the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. House and the first Floridian to hold a position in the elected Republican majority leadership.
Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) assumes a prominent position when she is named deputy permanent co-chairman of the Republican National Convention.
Judy Martz is the first woman elected governor of Montana, while Melissa Hart (R-PA), Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) are the first Republican women elected to the U.S. House from their respective states.
As vice chairman of the House Republican Conference, Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-OH) is the highest-ranking woman in the U.S. House. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) is vice chairman of the Senate Republican Conference.
President George W. Bush appoints several women to key positions in his administration, including Condoleezza Rice, the first female National Security Adviser; Gale Norton, the first female Interior Secretary; and, Ann Veneman, the first female Agriculture Secretary.
Congresswoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio is elected chairman of the House Republican Conference, making her the highest-ranking Republican woman ever to serve in the majority party in Congress.
Jennette Bradley is elected lieutenant governor of Ohio, thereby becoming the first African-American Republican woman in the nation to serve in that office.
President George W. Bush appoints Dr. Condoleezza Rice to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, making her the first African-American woman nominated to that position.
Becky Skillman becomes the first woman elected lieutenant governor of Indiana, while Betty Ireland is the first woman elected to serve in West Virginia's executive branch of government. Sarah Steelman is the first Republican woman elected state treasurer in Missouri.
Michele Bachmann is the first Republican woman elected to Congress from Minnesota. Sarah Palin is the first woman elected governor of Alaska.
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Phony Baloney "Lifelong Republicans"
Here is one example:
Democrats use a fake Republican from Grant County to introduce Barack Obama
You may remember Barney Smith from Fairmount, Indiana. He spoke at the Democrat National Convention Thursday night and was one of the people who introduced Barack Obama. He will be remembered for the line "I want a president who cares more about Barney Smith than they do about Smith Barney." A great well-written line that many people remember.
On Thursday night in Denver, when he introduced Barack Obama, he claimed to be a "lifelong" Republican. But it looks like the Democrats lied about his affiliation, or at minimum never took the time to check him out.
Barney Smith's voter registration is clear. It shows that for the last 12 years he has voted in 3 primary elections. In 1996 he voted Democrat, in 2006 he voted Republican, and in 2008 he voted Democrat.
Obama scores another faux gunnie
[F]ormer Joyce Foundation board member Barack Obama has secured yet another faux Second Amendment supporter in “lifelong Republican” Tony Dean, a long-time host of hunting and fishing television shows in South Dakota. Dean told the Dallas News he’s switching parties to head a Sportsmen for Obama group.
A “lifelong Republican” that is “switching parties to head a Sportsmen for Obama group”?
This is an interesting claim, given that Dean was mentioned by the Rapid City Journal in 2003 as a “possible Democratic candidate for Congress” who endorsed Democrat Senator Tim Johnson for reelection just a year earlier. Dean’s efforts to draw gun owners to Johnson weren’t enough, and Johnson’s Republican challenger, John Thune, became a U.S. Senator from South Dakota. According to public records, Dean donated money to another anti-gun South Dakota Democrat, Tom Daschle, also in 2003.
For Tony Dean to have “switch[ed] parties to head a Sportsmen for Obama group” he would have to have done so at least two years before Obama was even elected to Senate, and five years prior to he announced his presidential bid. Indeed, it appears the word “lifelong” is as difficult for Dean and the Obama campaign to define as the word “is” is to Bill Clinton.
Dean is quoted by the Dallas News as saying he’s “99 percent sure a President Obama isn’t going to infringe on gun rights.” But seeing as Mr. Dean, who at least one blogger has been dubbed ‘South Dakota’s Al Gore’ because of his fervent belief in human-cause global warming, describes himself as a “moderate on the gun issue” who “opposes the NRA on most gun issues,” his assurances about Obama aren’t likely to be much consolation to pro-gun voters.
And here's another:
"Fahey, a lifelong Republican who is now an ardent Obama supporter"
Yet here is an article from 2000 which describes this "lifelong republican" back then as an "independent":
"In Lebanon, independent voter Frank Fahey..."
And still another:
Lehigh Valley Ramblings: Obamamama Pulls Fast One on Morning Call
In a letter to the editor published in The Morning Call yesterday, Lower Macungie Township resident Cathy Gregor - lifelong Republican and "dittohead" to boot - claims she's switched parties just so she can vote for Barack Obama.
But guess what? It's an Obamabomb. According to The Allentown Commentator, the only Cathy Gregor from Lower Macungie Township registered to vote has been a registered Democrat since 1984. Last time she voted was in 2004.
Maybe she thought she was Republican. These Obama supporters are starting to get as nutty as Ron Paul's regiments.
Correction: She also voted in 2007, as a D.
Which brings me to today's New York Post, I read the following letter to the editor from Carl Hafner of Copiague, NY (the online edition does not have his town listed alongside his name, but the print edition does):
Palin knows how to horribly shoot an innocent caribou.
As far as I'm concerned, she is a sick individual, as well as her family for having a trophy pile of antlers of dead animals as a decoration outside of their home.
Maybe if Palin spent more quality time with her children, instead of hunting innocent creatures, she would not be involved with a messy family pregnancy drama right now.
I was raised a Republican by my parents and have been a proud Republican all my life. However, for the first time in my 51 years, I will vote Democratic this election.
What with so many people masquerading as "lifelong Republicans" these days, and since no real life lifelong Republican describes themselves as such, I got a little suspicious and did some searching in the New York voter registration database. And guess what? Carl Hafner is not a Republican as he claims. He has no party listed as a matter of fact ("Not enrolled in a party"). Color me shocked that we have another liar on our hands here.
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