Sunday, October 5, 2008

Ohio Secretary of State is paving the way for massive voter fraud

Ohio Sec-State Jennifer Brunner is blocking observers from monitoring the early voting proceedings. Under Ohio's voting laws, people can come to the polling stations until October 6th to cast a ballot in the presidential election without proper ID or any proof of residency.

When contacted by a radio talk show host, Jeff Ortega from the Sec-State office stated that observers were not being allowed in because they were not provided for under the law. Not that they were banned by law, just that they were "not provided for". So Brunner has been allowed to interpret that as she pleases in not allowing observers at all. When asked as to how these ballots will be accounted for in their voracity, Ortega would only say that safeguards were in place. He refused to elaborate on what the mysterious safeguards were and, when pressed, quickly got off of the phone. Here is the link. Click on Brunner's photo for the audio. It is well worth a listen:

Check here for video of an observer being turned away as well as information on voter fraud happening in West Virginia.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Time Warner yanks video

The "Burning Down the House" YouTube video done by The MouthPeace was yanked off of YouTube by Time Warner. I'm sure the reason they gave was copyright infringement for the music. However, it has been re-done and is back. The new link:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

The MouthPeace

The MouthPeace is rapidly becoming my favorite YouTube guy. Not only did he supply the video for my earlier post, he provides a great one on my girl Sarah:

also one on Obama's view on sex ed for kindergarteners: (love the soundtrack!)

as well as a re-tooled version (actually the original one) of the video I posted earlier. I mention it, because there are interesting facts not presenting in the other one and I like ABBA.

and most interestingly, What Would JFK Say About Barack Obama?

Burning Down The House: What Caused Our Economic Crisis?

My husband showed me this video this morning. He used it in a little debate that he is having with a friend. I'm not going to go into what the debate was, but I liked the video and it is thought provoking. Of course the material will come as no shock to anyone who has worked in real estate for the last decade. All of this is old news in my business. It is only now that the general population is finding out about the "sudden" financial crisis because it is now affecting the entire economy.

This is a hard topic to pass judgment on. Everyone wants the American Dream. House in the suburbs, white picket fence, 2.1 kids. Truth be told though, not everyone had the financial resources to meet the burdens that they were taking on with subprime ARM. The people that "qualified" (and I use the term very loosely) for these mortgages were the easy targets. When you are feeling low on the totem pole, the idea that you can buy your own house is fiendishly tempting whether or not you understand exactly what an ARM can do to you and your family in a few years.


A low income family's dream come true right? These mortgages should have come with a warning label:

Surgeon General's Warning: Obtaining an ARM is dangerous to your economic health.

Surgeon General's Warning: Subprime financing by Freddie/Fannie may result in Financial Injury, Premature Bankruptcy and Low Dollar Value.

I mean, they have to do it for cigarettes right? Who is going to suffer more this year? People who smoke or the everyman dealing with this economic fallout? As a landlord, people are often confused by the enthusiasm that my husband and I have for our tenants to go and buy their own homes. "Why do you want to lose your tenants to a house purchase?????" Well, quite frankly, we like seeing our tenants do well for themselves. However, we have never ever ever supported the idea of one of our tenants buying a house that they really could not afford and we have, on more than one occasion, taken the time to advise a tenant before getting themselves into a bad deal. We have been there ourselves, but fortunately could see the forest through the trees.

A million years ago when we were trying for our first commercial mortgage on our big property, we had absolutely nothing to recommend us. Really, we were just kids who suddenly found themselves having to play in the big game and we didn't know what the hell we were doing. We did need a mortgage however. It was our first encounter with Predatory Lending or, as a friend preferred to call them "whore lenders". These lenders are unbelieveable in their tactics. Commercial lenders require 3 years of financial records from the corporation they are lending too. It's fair enough, except when you need a mortgage and have not been in business for three years (like we were at the time). Then it gets a little more tricky. The whore lenders will stop at nothing to get your business, especially one like ours. At the time we were looking for financing with an LVR (Loan to Value Ratio) of 20%. Basically, what this means is that we were asking for a mortgage that was 20% of what our real estate was worth. It is a very good investment on a bank's part since they would theoretically make up to 80% profit if we defaulted on our loan and they had to sell the asset. Most commercial real estate loans are more likely around an LVR of 75 -80%. Predatory lenders in the housing market were willing to consider LVRs of 125%. So technically, a borrower under these loans not only had no equity in their property, but were already deep in the hole from day one of the loan. Throw in an adjustable rate in 5 years and BAM! Credit crisis, defaults, bankruptcy.

Predatory lenders can be smelled a mile away. One tried to get us to take a loan that was full recourse (meaning we were personally responsible for the fallout of a default, including our personal assets not relating to the property being mortgaged) along with signed undated letters of resignation from our corporation. What this meant was, they could at any time fire us from our own corporation, decide not to pay the mortgage and then still hold US liable for a default. In the words of my girl Sarah, we said "thanks, but no thanks". Fortunately for us, we were able to get a loan in the tradition manner with a decent fixed rate from our own bank. Others are not so lucky and they are the ones who fell for the sweet talk. When we told the predatory lender we were not interested in his BS proposal he said, no joke, "But I thought we were friends". Trust me. With friends like that, who needs enemies? Now we will all pay the price of these friendships.

GOP concerned about Palin

I'll admit, that I had hoped she would be a stronger speaker. It does not necessarily factor negatively in my opinion of her suitability though. I don't think that smooth talker absolutely makes a better president/vice president. Bill Clinton is one of the most polished public speakers around today, and I thought he was a terrible president. We'll just have to wait and see.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Barack Obama's opposition to Born Alive Act

I've tried keeping my religious opinion on this race out of the blog since some of my friends, specifically Patrick, are quick to rightly point out that the topic of abortion is a red herring during elections. I am who I am though, and after taking in the discussions of Obama's view on the Born Alive Act, I have to comment on this. The MSM has been very quick to batter Sarah over the head because of her religious views and views on abortion. I would like to think that I support abortion in cases of incest, but then I hear things like that poor woman in Austria that has six kids by her crazy father and was kept locked up in a basement for years. I have to wonder, does she love her children anyway? Are they the only reminders of what her father did to her? I don't think so. I would imagine that even if she never had a child, she would never ever forget the violations that she endured. But, I digress.

When I first heard about the Born Alive Act, I got physically sick. I don't know what rock I have been hiding under, especially considering that I am such a strong advocate for pro-life, but now reading about the fact that there are abortions being carried out at such an advanced stage that the fetuses can actually survive outside the womb just astonishes me. The fact that these babies are left to die, brings me to my knees. I'm not trying to be dramatic here. I've seen and heard lots of horrible things and taken them with a strong stomach. Reading about the 31 year old woman who survived an abortion and the stories of what goes on today actually made me vomit. IMO, the moral highground is gone. It is strictly infanticide and to try to call it anything else is just ridiculous. If an abortion results in a live birth, just have the mother sign her rights away and let her get on with life. Thousands of childless couples would give their eye teeth to have these unwanted children as their own. I don't want to hear anymore of this "my body, my choice" crap. If this baby is surviving outside of your body, it is no longer your choice, so just shut up and go home. Never think about this child again if that is what you want. But if you order a living baby's execution, then you deserve whatever hell you get.

Obama, no matter how he tries to spin it, voted against medical treatment for these unwanted children. Then he lied about it. A truly vile human being if there ever was one. I can't pretend to be unbiased anymore. My scale has been tipped irrevocably and heaven help us all if this immoral murderer takes charge of our country.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Sandra Bernhard: Palin Would Be Gang-Raped By Blacks in Manhattan

Well, that classy Sandra Bernhard never fails to disappoint. Threatening gang rape if Sarah comes to New York City. Charming. I especially liked it when she referred to the New Testament as Sarah's "new Goyish crappy shiksa funky bullshit". Excuse me Sandra. Just thinking of you attempting to get all religious righteous on us just made me throw up in my mouth a little.

Obama supports U.S. economic recovery efforts

Okay, well that is good to know. The problem though is:

"Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said on Friday he supported efforts by the U.S. Treasury and Federal Reserve to shore up confidence in the financial markets and said he would hold off from presenting his own economic recovery plan."

Um, okay. We'll just wait right here then until Barack decides what would Brian Boitano do. Could we have a little decision by the Presidential wannabe please?

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Hillary is F**king Obama

Okay, this is a little crude, but I laughed myself silly when I saw it. For anyone who saw the whole Sarah Silverman/Matt Damon, Jimmy Kimmel/Ben Affleck thing a while back (Harrison Ford was magnificant BTW) here is a little take on Hillary and Barack:

Today's SPM - 09/09/08

Today we are debunking a whole lot of SPMs

Thanks to Newsweek and doing simple research that is apparantly beyond the grasp of most of the mainstream media.

Sliming Palin
False Internet claims and rumors fly about McCain's running mate.

1. Palin cut funding for special needs kids - False.

Palin actually increased special funding from $26,900 per child to $77,740 per child.

2. Palin tried to have books banned from the library and then fired the librarian- False.

Palin asked for the librarian's resignation before the book banning conversation was even held, along with 3 other employees as part of a loyalty test. They all kept their jobs. The book banning question was a hypothetical question to see what kind of response would be made in such a scenario. The so called "list of banned books" incuded books that were not even in print at the time of the conversation. Mea Culpa, even I fell for this one.

3. Palin was a member of the Alaskan Indepedence Party - False.

Palin's husband was a member and she attended one of its functions in her capacity as mayor. Anyway, who cares? The way Alaska has been ripped on during the past few weeks, I would have wanted to secede too.

4. Palin endorsed Pat Buchanan - False.

Palin was working on behalf of Steve Forbes at the time. Still a good question of her sanity, but as my own husband was working for Steve Forbes then too, I can't cast stones, lol.

5. Palin supports teaching creationism in schools - True.

Palin does support it as far as allowing it to be debated, but has not taken any action as Governor to put it into law.

As a side note, I would just like to say to Anne Kilkenny: Get over yourself already. You admit that Sarah has not liked you for years. Well, now the rest of the world is finding out why. Stop trying to use her candidacy to get your 15 minutes of fame.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Today's SPM - 09/08/08

Today's Sarah Palin Myth - Palin friend Scott Richter made an emergency request to have his divorce records sealed as proof that he had an affair with Sarah.

Yeah, right. I have this great bridge in Brooklyn (that actually goes somewhere) to sell you too.

"According to the filing, Richter wanted the documents deemed confidential in a bid to cloak details about his home, workplace, and phone numbers because "reporters and news agencies" were using that information to contact him".

Somebody please tell me why this man and his son lose their right to privacy just because they happen to be friends with a potential VP?

For all of those conspiracy theorists:

Palin fuses politics and motherhood in new way

Could we just let the "Bristol is Trig's mother" rumor rest in peace now? Just admit you were wrong and let it go.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

No. 1 Reason why McCain/Palin should be thankful that the entertainment industry supports Obama

I just have a couple of questions for Diddy:

1. Did you change your name again? We can't keep up. Did Barack and Michelle adopt you? Do you have a full time staffer waiting on line at the Vital Records office?

2. What exactly were you smoking when you made this video? If you paid a lot for it, you got robbed.

3. Could somebody please tell Diddy that the US and South Korea are allies?

4. crackheads or crime in Alaska is bad? Enquiring minds want to know, Diddy.....well, not really.

Diddy, I have just a couple of words for you: Google is your friend!

The Apology:

Sure Diddy. It was meant to be funny. I have to tell you though, your sense of humor stinks more than your music does. By the way, I was with you in your right to know more about the person that could at some point become president. You had me, right up to the point where you started dancing like Buffalo Bill in Silence of the Lambs. I was waiting for "Goodbye Horses" to start playing. Diddy, more research, less questionable substances. Peace.

Bet they didn't see this coming -

"Here's the amazing part: back in 1984, Sarah Palin actually came second in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant. Now she could be vice president. You know what that means? For the first time in history, a beauty pageant contestant might actually bring about world peace. They've talked about it for years; here's one that could do it!" --Jay Leno

Obama's Domestic Policy

125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer
Total Is About Double The U.S. Troop Death Toll In Iraq

Obama, the man that wants to become in charge of the war in Iraq can't even keep his own constituents from killing each other at twice the rate of deaths in a war zone. Ummm, yeah. Let's just keep your particular expertise on safety away from our troops, okay Barack?

Today's SPM - 09/06/08

Today's SPM (Sarah Palin Myth) - The GOP heads are ducking interviews for Sarah because she is an unpolished speaker who can't answer unscripted questions.

Below are YouTube clips from a live C-Span interview that she gave in February, long before she was the VP pick. I think she did just fine.

As for the interview requests, well....she is on the campaign trail right now and then there is the little matter of having a STATE to run. Unlike a Senator, she can't just quit the day job while she campaigns. These videos have been part of the argument that her pregnancy with Trig was faked because she is 7 months pregnant at the time, but doesn't mention it. I would suggest that anyone who reads that kind of speculation into it, ask a family member or a friend who has had a risky pregnancy as to whether or not they would publicly share that information when there was a good chance of a tragic outcome.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Noticeably, she skirts a direct answer as to whether or not she would accept the VP slot if it was offered. Well, at least she didn't say no outright, like Obama did:

Sarah Palin - The liberal woman's worst nightmare

I have to admit it. I am thrilled to pieces about Sarah Palin being picked as Vice President on the Republican ticket. Like the millions of other conservative women in this country, I am pleased to finally be able to throw my support behind a candidate that represents a little of who I am and what I am about.

When Hillary Clinton was running for president, I had a lot of people ask me if I would support someone who had the chance to break through the toughest glass ceiling in our country. While I give Hillary all the credit that is due someone who got as far as she did, her politics were just way too far from mine to support her. So I really do understand when I read the comments made by her supporters that say they will not vote McCain/Palin just because of Sarah's gender. That is perfectly fine. I have thought all along her addition to the ticket was to court the vote of moderate women like me (psssst...there are a whole lot of us, by the way).

I won't vote for McCain/Palin just because of her gender either. I'll vote for that ticket, because she represents me and women like me. Not in everything mind you. She has a couple of beliefs that I don't particularly share and when writing this blog I will try hard to be impartial about, but for the most part, we see eye to eye.

I am going to make the purpose of this blog to report about Sarah and her time on the campaign trail. I am going to be posting on the rumors and the myths, the facts and the fiction, the triumphs and the disappointments, the strengths and the weaknesses. I invite all comments, negative and positive, as long as they are worded without profanity and with substance.

To Vote or Not to Vote - That was my question

I don't know about anyone else, but for the last several years I have been completely uninspired by the lack of choices in our presidential candidates. Every four years I watch as a couple of good old boys full of hot air stump around my country. Each of them trying as hard as they can to assure me that once they got into office, all would be well. I read their bios, listen to their speeches, dissect their promises and, without fail, I ask myself the question

"Is this the best we can do?"

No, really. We are the United States of America. We are citizens of one of the most wealthy and privileged countries in the world. Every day we take for granted rights that millions of others in the world only dream about. We have every advantage. Our candidates should be the cream of a very impressive crop. The only things is, they never are.

By the time a candidate gets to run for the highest office in the land, they have been bought and paid for by every special interest group in Washington. They don't even know who they are anymore, so how can we?

Every four years, I force myself to cast a vote. Why? I assure you that it is not because I'm a cheerleader for any of the candidates. I vote because it was not that long ago that women like me could not vote, so I do not take it for granted. I vote because I am privileged to live in a country where we are allowed to vote. I vote because if a candidate makes it into the White House and I don't like it, at least I can say that I tried to do something about it.

How about you?