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Archive for October 7th, 2008

The Roundup (Post Debate Special)

Posted by ALmod on October 7, 2008

My personal feeling was that there was nothing new, here.  The only real thing that got my attention was one question that I thought was refreshing to hear:  “What do you NOT know, and how would you learn it?”  Now THAT’S a good, hard-hitting question that our journalists should be asking.  (Of course, neither candidate actually answered the question.)

It looks as if Loretta Nall had the same reaction to the debate that I had.  Zzzzzap! Though I have to disagree with her on one thing– I actually got a chuckle from McCain’s little joke about the Treasury Secretary not being Tom Brokaw.  I thought it lightened the mood a bit.  I also would have proposed giving the zapper buttons to members of the audience (even those at home).  It definitely would have made the night much more entertaining for me.

Over at, their heads are probably spinning from all the live blogging.  Fact Checking these two in real time is a job I would NOT want.  I have a hard enough time keeping up with just one candidate– much less two.

Over at The Moderate Voice, we have several folks weighing in.  Most are calling it for ObamaPolimom remains undecided— particularly after Obama’s statement that health care is a right.  Dorian De Wind wonders why McCain didn’t use the “smear card.”  (I’d wager that he’s starting to realize that it’s making matters worse for him.  I know that for me it’s what turned me off and eventually encouraged me to start blogging again out of outrage over the McCain metamorphosis from maverick to meanie.)  But this has to be one of the funniest political cartoons I’ve seen in a while:

Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News


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A Frightening Look at the Politics of Hatred

Posted by ALmod on October 7, 2008

As you’ve probably noticed, both campaigns have gotten uglier, but in particular, I see a disturbing trend at McCain/Palin rallies.  This attempt to paint Barack Obama as a Muslim extremist by McCain supporters is encouraging a lynch mob mentality, and neither McCain nor Palin are doing anything to discourage it.  How bad is it?  Well, take a look at the following video and listen to what the crowd is yelling in response to McCain’s remarks:

That’s right.  You just heard folks calling Barack Obama a “terrorist” and shouting to “kill him.”

This was repeated at a rally where Gov. Palin spoke.

Folks, this has gone beyond a little political competitiveness and crossed the line into flat out hatred and lynch mob mentality.  It’s disturbing at the very least and outright horrifying at worst.  We are talking about hate speech and negative attacks coming from supporters and campaigns of a presidential candidate that could very well be putting the life of another man at risk!  With at least one attempt on Obama’s life having been foiled by the Secret Service, what on EARTH are these people THINKING?!

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