Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Rural, Suburban and Urban Voters

According to a poll conducted by Hofstra's National Center for Suburban Studies, McCain leads Obama by a wide margin in rural areas (51 to 35), by a smaller but significant margin in the suburbs (48-42) and, since Obama leads most national polls it is fair to intuit that Obama wins handily in the big cities.

Why might this be? The more one practices personal responsibility the more likely they are to vote Republican. In rural areas people fix their own problems, in the suburbs they hire someone to do it and in the citiesjavascript:void(0)
Publish Post they call the landlord to do the work.


karin said...

In rural areas people fix their own problems

lol...another one of their silly myths. The farm states would best be described as a Soviet era collective farm.

The monumental subsidies they give these guys for NOT farming are a national disgrace.

In Oregon, Montana and Washington, for instance, they call the eastern or agricultural/redneck parts of the state, the East Bloc.

And as we've seen, more public moneys go to these backward areas -- from the blue states -- than to any other areas.

Divorce, alcoholism and out of wedlock childbirth are almost invariably higher than they are in the blue states.

Anonymous said...

The pioneering spirit (independence, optimism for the future, a can-do attitude, self-reliance, the family as the core of society, ... see old Westerns, like "Shane") is the difference between America and Western Europe. People in America have it; people in Old Europe don't. Constitutions and Bill of Rights are important, but without the proper spirit in the people, they mean nothing in the end.

It is not surprising at all that people living their whole life in cities come to be like those living in Old Europe.

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John said...

Meanwhile, Europe, Australia, and even Canada have seen the light and are electing conservative leaders.

Now that Antarctica is melting (supposedly), maybe the liberals can gtfo and start their own utopia (but are NOT allowed to have WMD).

It can be Dora's "bluestatia."

karin said...

People seeing the light...well, Evan did say he smelled landslide...lol:

Pew Poll Also Shows Obama Opening Up Lead Over McCain:

Barack Obama has opened up a significant lead in polling done by the Pew Research Center, running ahead of McCain 49 percent to 43 percent with 8 percent undecided among likely voters and 49 percent to 42 percent with 9 percent undecided among registered voters

Anonymous said...

The difference between America and western Europe -- where we are a laughing stock as we are in the rest of the world -- is that they don't have the insane, naive, free market fools who take capitalism as a religion, or the extremoron fundamentalist religious cretins who foul our politics with the most grotesque and laughable moral backwardness.

Now, that they're learning not to let our market excesses foul their economies, they'll begin to leave us even further behind.

Anonymous said...

Yes, to NOT pratice sodomy is the epitome of moral backwardness! LOL!

mccain's still got hicktopia said...

Democrat Barack Obama now leads Republican John McCain in a trio of the most critical, vote-rich states five weeks before the election, according to presidential poll results released Wednesday.

The Democrat's support jumped to 50 percent or above in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania in Quinnipiac University surveys taken during the weekend .

Combined, these states offer 68 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory on Election Day, Nov. 4.

Pollsters attributed Obama's improved standing to the public's general approval of his debate performance, antipathy toward GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and heightened confidence in the Illinois senator's ability to handle the economic crisis.

For now and probably for the next month, the race will be entirely about who can best handle an economy in peril.

The new surveys show Obama leading McCain in Florida 51 percent to 43 percent, in Ohio 50 percent to 42 percent and in Pennsylvania 54 percent to 39 percent.

Larry Craig, Foley, Haggard said...

et al ad infinitum ad grosseum ad GOPiggeum say:

Yes, to NOT pratice (sick) sodomy is the epitome of moral backwardness! LOL!

sob sister said...

I predict a swing in the polls in favor of Palin/McCain.

There are more than enough morons out there to give them a significant pity vote.

Rebecca Traister: The Sarah Palin pity party; Everyone seems to be oozing sympathy for the fumbling vice-presidential nominee. Please. Cry me a freaking river. 10/1

Anonymous said...

I wonder how the rubes will react to learning how the city slickers have started milking them for mortgage payments whilst simultaneously allowing the leeches to ride the housing bubble to perpetual free rents...

i report, u lie said...

GOP official removed for racial remarks; This seems to happen a lot 10/2

David Gergen Calls House Republicans “Shockingly Irresponsible” 10/2

Harold Meyerson: 'We are, just now, stuck between eras. The old order -- the Reagan-age institutions built on the premise that the market can do no wrong and the government no right -- is dying. A new order, in which Wall Street plays a diminished role and Washington a larger one, is aborning, but the process is painful and protracted.' 10/2

Alaska students band together to bring mandatory sex ed to schools 10/2

Domestic Violence in the Red (blood red) States – The Numbers Tell The Horrendous Truth 10/2

Things aren't going well for Conservatives in Canada either: Prime Minister Stephen Harper staffer quits over plagiarized 2003 speech on Iraq, copied a speech from Australia PM John Howard from 2 days earlier; Harper and Bush should go on vacation together -- as private citizens. 10/2

Newspapers are endorsing early, and for Barack Obama -- Be-Elected

Palin Implicated By Witness in Troopergate Probe; 'An Alaska woman who owns a company that processes workers’ compensation claims in the state has told an independent investigator that she was urged by the office of Gov. Sarah Palin to deny a benefits claim for Palin’s ex brother-in-law, a state trooper who was involved in an ugly divorce and child custody dispute with Palin’s sister, despite evidence that the claim appeared to be legitimate, according to state officials who were briefed about the conversation.' 10/1

Anonymous said...

Duh...the rubes are already reacting against the fat GOPigs who gave them this disaster...and identifying them as the thieves by a two to one margin.

So, see, you don't have to pretend to wonder anymore.

fox whore said...

Fox Commentator Dick Morris critical of GOP nominee McCain
Journal State House Bureau

WESTERLY — Dick Morris, a national political pundit, was invited to Rhode Island to help Republican congressional candidate Mark Zaccaria.

Morris’ visit last night helped draw roughly 50 Republican supporters — including Governor Carcieri — to the Westerly YACHT CLUB, where else, in an event expected to raise $20,000.

But Morris, a regular Fox News Channel contributor, said little about his host. And in a room full of Republicans, his most passionate comments were barbs aimed at GOP presidential hopeful John McCain.

Earlier in the day, the House of Representatives rejected a $700-billion package aimed at averting a national economic collapse. McCain supported the deal.

“McCain sure as hell didn’t provide any leadership,” Morris said, standing alone in the center of a spacious room bordered by several dozen GOP contributors.

“This is a man who conceivably has a lot of courage — certainly showed it earlier in his life — but man, it was lacking over the last week,” Morris said. “I think his campaign staff and the Republican Party set the table for him, but he refused to sit down and eat the meal.”

Morris, who largely supports Republicans on issues like taxes and immigration, said he was “very disappointed” in McCain’s handling of the high-profile congressional vote.

“I think that he’s blown a very good opportunity to make a clear distinction between himself and [Sen. Barack] Obama on this bailout,” he said.

And Morris’ criticism of McCain continued.

He said that Democratic nominee Obama bested McCain in the most significant portion of last week’s nationally-televised debate, and that recent polls reflect growing support for the Illinois senator.

“I am not sure it’s going to be very easy for McCain to get those votes back,” Morris said. “Can McCain still win? Yes, he still can. I don’t at this point think he will.”

suze said...

Obama Leads Polls in Three Key States
posted: 1 HOUR 51 MINUTES AGO
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WASHINGTON (Oct. 1) -- Recently trailing or tied, Democrat Barack Obama now leads Republican John McCain in a trio of the most critical, vote-rich states five weeks before the election, according to presidential poll results released Wednesday.
The Democrat's support jumped to 50 percent or above in Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania in Quinnipiac University surveys taken during the weekend — after the opening presidential debate and during Monday's dramatic stock market plunge as the House rejected a $700 billion financial bailout plan.

Combined, these states offer 68 of the 270 electoral votes needed for victory on Election Day, Nov. 4.
Pollsters attributed Obama's improved standing to the public's general approval of his debate performance, antipathy toward GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and heightened confidence in the Illinois senator's ability to handle the economic crisis.
The fresh polling is the latest troublesome turn for McCain, the Arizona senator who is trying to regain control of the campaign conversation amid increasingly difficult circumstances for Republicans. It comes on the eve of a debate between Palin and her Democratic counterpart, Joe Biden, and as the financial crisis shapes the presidential race in unpredictable ways.
For now and probably for the next month, the race will be entirely about who can best handle an economy in peril.
The war in Iraq, national security and foreign policy issues — McCain's strengths — have largely fallen by the wayside as each campaign tries to chart a course to the presidency in extraordinarily choppy economic waters.

Anonymous said...

Psycho losing it:

McCain turns irritable, sarcastic in interview
By MIKE GLOVER – 3 hours ago

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican presidential candidate John McCain, once renowned for his jocular sessions with journalists, appeared irritable and at times sarcastic in an interview in which he defended running mate Sarah Palin's experience and campaign ads critical of rival Barack Obama.

Meeting Tuesday with the editorial board of The Des Moines Register, McCain was asked why he picked the Alaska governor, someone "who doesn't have a lot of experience."

"Thank you, but I disagree with your fundamental principal that she doesn't have the experience," McCain replied before citing Palin's work as a PTA member, city council member, mayor and governor. "You and I just have a fundamental disagreement, and I am so happy the American people seem to be siding with me."

When it was suggested that Palin's lack of experience worried voters, McCain turned sarcastic.

"Really? I haven't detected that in the polls, I haven't detected that among the base," he said. "If there's a Georgetown cocktail party person who, quote, calls himself a conservative who doesn't like her, good luck. I don't dismiss him. I think the American people have overwhelmingly shown their approval."

At another point, McCain was asked if he's strayed from his "straight talk" image with advertising that some have labeled deceptive. McCain dryly responded, "It would be valuable if you gave some examples for an assertion of that nature."

He went on to say: "I have always had 100 percent, absolute truth, that's been my life and putting my country first. I'll match that record with anyone and an assertion that I have ever done otherwise, I take strong exception to."

As examples, a questioner at the Register noted a McCain commercial that suggested Obama favored comprehensive sex education for kindergartners and assertions by his campaign that a "lipstick on a pig" comment Obama made was a reference to Palin. News media fact-checking the sex education ad deemed it deceptive and a distortion of Obama's position.

"It certainly is your opinion and I respect your opinion, but it's not the facts," McCain said in the interview. "I respect your opinion. I strongly disagree with your assertion."

He also sarcastically referred to his five years as a prisoner of war when answering a question about his having government-financed health care throughout his military and congressional career.

"The answer is that most of my life, in serving my country, I have had health care," he said. "I did go for a period of time when the health care wasn't very good."

McCain met privately with the newspaper's editorial board after holding an economic roundtable earlier in the day at a Des Moines business. The newspaper posted videos of the session on its Web site.

obamaniac said...

It's now official. Obama personally caused the collapse of the American financial system.

Anonymous said...

That is one vengeful nigrah.

Anonymous said...

Recently an insurance company nearly wind up....

A bank is nearly bankrupt......

Who fault?

The top management of the Public listed company ( belong to "public" ) salary should be tied a portion of it to the shares price ( IPO or ave 5 years ).... so when the shares price drop, it don't just penalise the investors, but those who don't take care of the company.....If this rule is pass on, without any need of further regulation, all industries ( as long as it is public listed ) will be self regulated......

Sign a petition to your favourite president candidate, congress member again and ask for their views to comment on this, and what regulations they are going to raise for implementation.....If you agree on my point, please share with many people as possible....


midnite said...

Forgetaboutit...it's all over...they can pump this trillion in and it'll barely make a ripple.

It's a black hole and we're going into it for a long, long time.

Just like we did in The Great D I.

That shut the fascists up then just like it's doing to them now.

The limp little dicks are all in hiding.

They slink away, wait for us to clean it up, then come out in twenty years with somebody like McCarthy just to show us they're still the same sick fucks they always were.

But, for now, they're finally so humiliated and beaten down that they just can't bring it anymore.

Any noise they make at this point or from now on will just be silly bravado to save their shit covered monkey faces.

That's what we've been waiting for.

Libor Soars, Commercial Paper Slumps as Credit Freeze Deepens

By Bryan Keogh

Oct. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Interest rates on three-month dollar loans rose to a nine-month high, short-term corporate borrowing fell by the most ever and leveraged loans tumbled, exacerbating the credit freeze that's paralyzing businesses around the world.

The London interbank offered rate that banks charge each other for loans rose for a fourth day, driving a gauge of cash scarcity among banks to a record. The biggest drop in financial short-term debt outstanding since at least 2000 caused the U.S. commercial paper market to tumble 5.6 percent to a three-year low, according to the Federal Reserve.

The crisis deepened after the worst month for corporate credit on record. Leveraged loan prices plunged to all-time lows, short-term debt markets seized up and even the safest company bonds suffered the worst losses in at least two decades as investors flocked to Treasuries. Credit markets have frozen and money-market rates keep rising even after central banks pumped an unprecedented $1 trillion into the financial system

``The credit window is closed,'' Jim Press, president of Chrysler LLC, the third-largest U.S. automaker, said today at the Paris Motor Show. The financial rescue plan must be approved because ``it's important for us to restore credibility in our banking system.''

The U.S. Senate passed the Bush administration's $700 billion bank-rescue package yesterday with inducements for the House of Representatives to approve the measure after an earlier version was rejected. The legislation, approved on a 74-25 vote, authorizes the government to buy troubled assets from banks rocked by record home foreclosures.

Stocks Fall

Stocks dropped for a second day as reports showed a worsening economy and Treasury yields fell as traders speculated central banks will have to cut interest rates to prevent a global recession. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index slid 33.63, or 2.9 percent, to 1,127.43 at 12:51 a.m. in New York. The yield on two- year notes tumbled 15 basis points, or 0.15 percentage point, to 1.66 percent, according to BGCantor Market Data.

The difference between what banks and the Treasury pay to borrow money for three months, the so-called TED spread, widened as much as 25 basis points to 3.6 percentage points, the highest since Bloomberg began compiling the data in 1984. The spread is currently at 3.53 percentage points. (If you don't see the TED spread drop to under 2 after the bailout you will know we are in terminal doo doo. It really should be around 1.)

Rates on three-month Treasury bills fell 12 basis points to 0.68 percent. The bills touched 0.02 percent on Sept. 17, the lowest since the 1940s, as the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. sparked a run on the safest securities.

Interbank Rates

Interbank rates have soared as financial institutions hoard cash to meet future funding needs amid deepening concern that more banks will collapse. Governments in Europe and the U.S. rescued six financial institutions in the past week. The Libor- OIS spread, the difference between the three-month dollar rate and the overnight indexed swap rate, widened to a record 260 basis points today. It was 197 basis points a week ago and 79 basis points a month ago.

Libor for euros advanced 3 basis points to a record 5.32 percent. Libor, set by 16 banks in a daily survey by the British Bankers' Association, is used to set rates on $360 trillion of financial products worldwide, from home loans to derivatives.

``We still see upward pressure on maturities from one week,'' said Patrick Jacq, a fixed-income strategist in Paris at BNP Paribas SA, France's biggest bank. ``The situation is still blocked and we're unlikely to see spreads decline before confidence has been restored.''

Commercial Paper

The market for commercial paper plummeted $94.9 billion to $1.6 trillion for the week ended Oct. 1 as banks and insurers were unable to find buyers for the short-term debt amid the worst U.S. financial crisis since the Great Depression. Financial paper accounted for most of the decline, plunging $64.9 billion, or 8.7 percent, to a two-year low.

The market dropped for a third straight week, losing a total of $208 billion, as money-market funds faced withdrawals from investors, said Tony Crescenzi, chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak & Co. in New York.

``The purge is broad and is impacting issuers with far more predictable cash flows -- regular run-of-the-mill companies in need of working capital,'' Crescenzi wrote today in a note to clients. ``The declines add to the urgency for fixes to the credit crisis and bolster the case for a Fed rate cut.''

The U.S. market for short-term debt backed by assets including mortgages and car loans fell $29.1 billion, or 3.9 percent, this week to a seasonally adjusted $724.7 billion, according to the Fed.

Caterpillar, GE

While banks, brokers and insurers have struggled to issue commercial paper, non-financial companies such as Caterpillar Inc. and Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co. have had less trouble. The market for non-financial issuers of the debt was little changed this week at $199.1 billion after rising to an almost seven-year high last week of $217.2 billion, the Fed data show.

``We continue to successfully meet our commercial paper needs,'' GE chief executive officer Jeff Immelt said yesterday in a statement announcing a plan to sell $12 billion of common shares and $3 billion of preferred shares to billionaire investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. GE raised $12.2 billion today in the share sale.

Lenders are balking at offering cash for longer than a day even as central banks pump an unprecedented amount of money into the banking system. The European Central Bank today offered $50 billion of overnight funds at a marginal rate of 2.75 percent. The Swiss National Bank awarded $9 billion. The Bank of England sold $8.9 billion.

Futures traders put the odds that the Fed will cut the target interest rate at least 25 basis points later this month at 100 percent. The rate is currently 2 percent.

Leveraged loan prices tumbled 8.57 cents in September to a record low of 79.8 cents on the dollar. Price declines will make it harder for junk-rated companies to borrow as investors may opt to buy existing debt at distressed levels and as capital- constrained banks restrict lending.

Corporate bonds with the highest AAA ratings lost 6.5 percent in September, the most since at least 1989, according to Merrill Lynch & Co.'s U.S. Corporates, AAA Rated index.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bryan Keogh in New York at bkeogh4@bloomberg.net
Last Updated: October 2, 2008 13:10 EDT

marxism never solved 1 problem said...

wtf you talkin' 'bout Holmes? This baby is PURE Democratic social engineering crapulence. Barney Fag & Chris Dudd.

...and the prescription being offered for cure is coming from the same "masterminds".

one more in obama's column said...

McCain Pulls Out of Michigan
By Adam Nagourney
John McCain’s decision to cancel a campaign event in Michigan next week was not a matter of scheduling: Mr. McCain is giving up his effort to take the state back into the red column, concluding that economic distress there has simply put the state out of reach, according to Republicans familiar with the decision.

Michigan had been one of Mr. McCain’s top targets for two reasons: evidence that Barack Obama was having trouble connecting with blue-collar voters (which presumably would be a problem there), and also because the Democratic candidates did not participate in the state’s primary after Michigan defied Democratic party rules and held it earlier than permitted.

Republican officials said that polling suggested that Mr. Obama was building a lead there, and said they concluded that it wasn’t worth spending any more campaign funds – or Mr. McCain’s time – in the state.

oh yeah! said...

WV Coalminers Shut Down Mine In Protest Over Anti-Obama NRA Visit
Posted: 01 Oct 2008 06:00 PM CDT
Coal production at a mine in Monongalia County came to a halt today when every union miner stayed home, as part of a political protest.
It was an idle day Monday at the Blacksville #2 Mine.
More than 440 workers who are members of the United Mine Workers of America took what’s called a Memorial Day instead of going to work.
Union officials say they took the day to protest after a film crew from the National Rifle Association showed up at the Consol mine last week to interview union workers.
They say the crew tried to get union coal miners to speak out against Barack Obama. The UMWA has endorsed the democratic presidential nominee.

"This was a surprise visit," explained VP Local 1702, Safety Chairman Eric Greathouse, "and a lot of the miners felt this was a direct slap in the face of the union because they were trying to coerce our people into saying things against Barck Obama."

"Consol doesn't let anybody on their property - never," said Safety Committee Member Mark Dorsey, "And for them to let the NRA come on the property and solicit our membership was totally uncalled for. We made our endorsement to our political process and we didn't bother them and they shouldn't be harassing our membership over this."

The workers will return to work at 12:01 Tuesday morning.

A spokesperson for Consol said the company is not issuing any comment on the day.

The NRA didn’t just show up at the coal mine, this was apparently an unprecedented move by mine management, who allowed them in and supported the manipulation and exploitation of their employees. Consol just learned a big lesson - don’t f*#k with your union workers.
“Consol doesn’t let anybody on their property - never,” said Safety Committee Member Mark Dorsey, “And for them to let the NRA come on the property and solicit our membership was totally uncalled for. We made our endorsement to our political process and we didn’t bother them and they shouldn’t be harassing our membership over this.”

get the pitch forks said...

The Era of Angry Populism

Robert Reich, Talking Points Memo: "While more Americans are coming around to 'supporting' the bailout bill, the vast majority still hate the idea of bailing out Wall Street. They're for the bailout bill now only because they fear that a failure to pass it will have worse consequences -- drying up credit at a time when Main Street is struggling. But make no mistake: America is mad as hell. They resent what they perceive as extortion by the Masters of the Universe."

The Specter of Wall Street: Wall Street's Comeback as the Place Americans Love to Hate

"Wall Street sits at the eye of a political hurricane. Its enemies converge from every point on the compass. What a stunning turn of events. For well more than half a century Wall Street has enjoyed a remarkable political immunity, but matters were not always like that. Now, with history marching forward in seven league boots, we are about to revisit a time when the Street functioned as the country's lightning rod, attracting its deepest animosities and most passionate desires for economic justice and democracy."

bendover fannie executive 4 hire said...

"In your face, Barney Fag!"

Anonymous said...

Here is the proof that the Dems are responsible for the Freddie and Fannie meltdowns. Don't just take my word for it watch this video on youtube that shows the hearings back in 2004 that stalled and prevented correct regulation from being implemented.