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I just want to throw this out there and see what I get back. I had a very insightful experience today that I want to share. I was listening to a new podcast that I found from HowStuffWorks called "Things you missed in history class--How Thomas Jefferson's bible worked" (great podcast by the way). Well, I guess I really missed this in history class because I had no idea Jefferson wrote his own bible. I will pick up on the flip.

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Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 10:47 AM PST

Not a Popular Position Here

by Matt from Iraq

As mad as I have been throughout the campaign, and as much cursing and fist-shaking I did aimed at the perpe-Traitor, I believe Joe Lieberman should be allowed to stay in the Democratic Caucus. There, I said it. Now here me out.

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I knew it would happen eventually, but it definitely has. I can't find any news about any real issues anywhere. Everything is about Sarah Palin and her daughter, the smears against Obama, and all the other distractions that don't belong in politics in the first place. I mean, seriously, are we really recycling old jokes about the Clintons just to prove that politicians play dirty?

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Maybe it’s because I am a veteran, or maybe it’s because I just feel it’s the right thing to do, but support for our troops is one of the most important political issues to me, right behind foreign policy and the health of the economy. But reading Senator McCain’s remarks directed at Senator Obama over this new bill just makes me absolutely sick.

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I think DailyKos has become my favorite website in the last few weeks. This is a great place to talk about the specifics of the different issues, share ideas of how to move forward, and talk to like-minded people that already agree with more than 80% of what I say before i say it. That last part is the problem here--we all think alike and already know who we are voting for (please answer the poll below just to prove a point).

Now is the time to switch gears from the primary election to the general election.

That means we need to start trying to convince others that may not agree with everything we say to VOTE for Barack Obama, as painful as that may sound. So where do conservative bloggers hang out? Where is the DailyKos of the conservative brand? I am asking because I honestly don't know.

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Who are you going to VOTE for in November (honestey, please answer).

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I don't know how much more of this crap I can take. Is the spin ever going to stop? Surrender, Nazi, appeasement, Islamic Jihadists, middle-class tax cuts, pork-vetoing, "just like Germany", "good progress", League of Democracies, foreign policy experience, "Maverick". You have got to be kidding me! Every time McCain opens his mouth, the washing machine pauses. Are the American People really this gullible? Do the majority of us just take these lunatics at their word and fully accept what Fox and CNN say? I know I'm preaching to the choir here, but this is crazy.

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What's been John McCain's biggest lie so far?

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Wow! If you don't love the guys at FactCheck.org as much as I do, you really need to make sure you are still alive. FactCheck's bottom line up front:

McCain's argument is that:

  1. The McCain economic plan will cut $100 billion of the discretionary budget.
  2. Past and present earmarks account for $100 billion of the discretionary budget.
  3. Therefore, the McCain economic plan will cut past and present earmarks.

The argument is seductive. But consider another argument that has exactly the same logical structure:

  1. Clouds are white and fluffy.
  2. Sheep are white and fluffy.
  3. Therefore, clouds are sheep.

And:

In McCain's world, everyone gets a pony

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Mon May 12, 2008 at 09:35 AM PDT

Thoughts on the Israeli Lobby

by Matt from Iraq

Given the occasion of Israel's 60th anniversary, and Senator Obama's comments on his position on Israel, much has been written in criticism of his remarks. I am writing this as more of a way to ask questions I have on the bigger issue, because there is a lot to be considered here. I commented a few days back about Obama's remarks and was directed to this article, by John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, which I read completely and started more research. But that has only brought up more questions and concerns that I want to ask here while trying to stay as objective as possible. Exactly how does support to Israel benefit US interest? How much power does Israel, through its lobby, actually have in shaping US foreign policy?

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So Senator Obama did two very good interviews with Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News and Wolf Blitzer on the Situation Room on CNN. I thought he hit a total home run with Williams--he was focused, funny, substantive, and his usual self. But I would argue that his interview on CNN didn't go as well, and I want to point out one area, specifically, that I thought he really missed an opportunity--on taxes and capital gains. But first, the background of what McCain said about Obama's plan.

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Picture the setting: On a stage draped in Red, White, and Blue, surrounded from all angles by Old Glory, with a backdrop of an enormous "CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN" banner spread from one side to the other. The enthusiastic people of the crowd are waving their homemade posters and campaign signs while they dance and sing along with the music. But this is not your normal Barack Obama rally--something feels more special and there is more reason to be so enthusiastic. Then you look on the stage and realize why. Standing next to Barack and Michelle are the likes of Al Gore, John Edwards, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and Bill and Hillary Clinton, and they are all there to send one clear message: The time is now to elect Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.

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Sun May 04, 2008 at 04:33 PM PDT

The NYT and a Campaign Call

by Matt from Iraq

I just read an article on the New York Times' website called The Preacher's New Pulpit, by Clark Hoyt. In summary, he wasted an entire section explaining the hits and misses the Times has had during the entire Jeremiah Wright controversy. I absolutely despise the media and its distractions, so I did what I normally do when I read crap like this, especially from the nation's largest and most influential newspaper--I wrote them a letter. Below is what I just sent to Mr. Hoyt, explaining a conversation I had with an Indiana resident that I called last night trying to help the Obama campaign.

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Sat May 03, 2008 at 11:57 AM PDT

A Party Without Principles

by Matt from Iraq

If you ask anyone that considers themselves a member of the Grand Ol' Party what their party's principles are--what is the base for which your party exists--you will probably hear an explanation of the Conservative Principles of Ronald Reagan that believes in low taxes, small government, free market solutions, a strong military, and a strict-constructionist school of thought to the Constitution. In my opinion these principles--on the surface and in theory--are actually very good ideas for national success (other than the Constitution crap). You will have a tough time finding someone that says they enjoy the government taking away their hard-earned dollars, and then doubling the deed by wasteful government spending in programs that are too large and extremely inefficient. You will also have to look long and hard for someone that doesn't think a vital part to our national security is having a military that can defend our country from the other guys. And anyone that owns a business is probably against the government dictating how to operate or completely taken over a certain industry. So why exactly have these "Conservative Principles" failed so miserably in the past few years?

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