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As you probably now know, the Los Angeles Times has refused to release a tape showing Obama speaking at an event praising former Yasser Arafat associate Rashid Khalidi at a 2003 going-away party.  Obviously the tape must show something because, according the the LA Times, it promised its source that it would not release the tape, despite the fact that the Times already reported about the event.  Why would it agree to suppress the tape if it reported accurately the details of the event?  (more…)

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Seriously.  The use of the “race card” in this campaign is getting very old, very fast.  Obama has been using it against Republicans repeatedly over the last few months.  Back in June I did a post about this statement by Obama: “They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”  He said this despite the fact that McCain has been outspoken against the use of race and ethnicity as an argument against Obama.  McCain has called upon the GOP to pull ads that used Obama’s associations with Rev. Wright to argue that Obama is racist.  In the months following this comment, Obama went on to make a number of other, similar comments, including this one: (more…)

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I happen to think that McCain did quite well last night.  Obviously, I am biased since I am a supporter but I still think I’m right.  In general, it was very positive — this country is the best in the world, we can do anything we set our minds to, etc.  I think it is a great contrast to the tone of many of Obama’s speeches:  this country is on the wrong track, we are worse off now than ever, less safe than ever, etc.  McCain’s speech still conveyed that we have work to do but emphasized that there is no question we will be able to do it:  “it’s an ambitious plan, but Americans are ambitious by nature, and we’ve faced greater challenges. It’s time for us to show the world again how Americans lead.”  

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So all candidates flip flop, right?  Here’s my analysis on both candidates’ flip flops, what they say and what I think about it. 

Let’s take Obama.  In his most recent flip flop, Obama today changed his position on gay marriage, stating previously that he opposed gay marriage and that the issue of gay marriage should be left up to each state.   He has now announced his opposition to a California ballot measure that would ban same-sex marriages. (more…)

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Barack Obama’srecent flip-flop on the issue of public funding is indicative of the kind of politician he is turning out to be.  Rather than the “new kind of politician,” he is just more of the same.  I think we can all agree that the general perception of politicians is that they will say and do anything to get elected.  But Obama promised to change all of that.  Which makes his hypocrisy all the more disappointing.  (more…)

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Today the Supreme Court determined that the death sentence imposed on a child rapist could not stand “no matter how young the child, no matter how many times the child is raped, no matter how many children the perpetrator rapes, no matter how sadistic the crime, no matter how much physical or psychological trauma is inflicted, and no matter how heinous the perpetrator’s prior criminal record may be.”  (Here)  Let’s avoid for a moment, any discussion regarding the utility of the death penalty in general and focus on the implications of this case.  (more…)

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