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This election is going to be a blowout. Obama is going to easily surpass 300 electoral votes (just short of 350), and the only double digit states that McCain will carry will be Arizona (natch), Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Tennesee, North Carolina and Georgia. Maybe McCain will get Ohio, but I think Obama will get Florida.
Following the October 2nd VP debate, I'm thinking that at least half of the battleground states (Florida, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri) are going to swing to Obama.
Iíve also been disappointed frankly by some of the approaches that Senator McCain ..., or his campaign has, on issues that are not really central to the problems that the American people are worried about.
What theyíre trying to connect [Obama] to is some kind of terrorist feelings, and I think thatís inappropriate.
I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture, at the tail end of this photo essay, was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery, and she had her head on the headstone of her sonís grave, and as the picture focused in, you could see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards, purple heart, bronze star, showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death, he was 20 years old, and then at the very top of the headstone, it didnít have a Christian cross, it didnít have a Star of David, it had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American. He was born in New Jersey. He was 14 years old at the time of 9/11. And he waited until he could go serve his country, and he gave his life.
McCain: Now, my old buddy, Joe, Joe the plumber, is out there. Now, Joe, Senator Obama's plan, if you're a small business and you are able [to buy the company] -- and your [boss] -- the guy that sells to you will not have his capital gains tax increase, which Senator Obama wants, if you're out there, my friend, and you've got employees, and you've got kids, if you don't get -- adopt the health care plan that Senator Obama mandates, he's going to fine you.
Now, Senator Obama, I'd like -- still like to know what that fine is going to be, and I don't think that Joe right now wants to pay a fine when he is seeing such difficult times in America's economy.
Obama: I just described what my plan is. And I'm happy to talk to you, Joe, too, if you're out there. Here's your fine -- zero. You won't pay a fine, because...
McCain (incredulous): Zero?!? [Deer in Headlights Look]
Obama: Zero, because as I said in our last debate and I'll repeat, John, I exempt small businesses from the requirement for large businesses that can afford to provide health care to their employees, but are not doing it.
Governor Palin knowingly permitted a situation to continue where impermissible pressure was placed on several subordinates in order to advance a personal agenda.
Palin: Well, I'm very very pleased to be cleared of any legal wrongdoing ... any hint of any kind of unethical activity there. Very pleased to be cleared of any of that...
Simply stated, my idea is that the universe continues to expand until the energy imparted upon all of the mass is sufficiently expended such that the universe begins to contract.Today I happened across a Scientific American article called Big Bang or Big Bounce?: New Theory on the Universe's Birth. And to my pleasant surprise, I found a portion that is supportive of this theory:
As it does, a critical mass begins to coalesce, and once enough of it does, the concentration of mass/gravity/energy gets so great that the fundamental nature of mass/gravity/energy are fundamentally changed for a fraction of a second, and the totality of this primordial mass explodes in (another) big bang. In essence, the entire universe is like a human heart, contracting and expanding in many cycles of creation and destruction.
Gravity is typically an attractive force. ... But loop gravity suggests that the atomic structure of spacetime changes the nature of gravity at very high energy densities, making it repulsive. Imagine space as a sponge and mass and energy as water. The porous sponge can store water but only up to a certain amount. Fully soaked, it can absorb no more and instead repels water. Similarly, an atomic quantum space is porous and has a finite amount of storage space for energy. When energy densities become too large, repulsive forces come into play.In other words, "the fundamental nature of mass/gravity/energy are fundamentally changed for a fraction of a second, and the totality of this primordial mass explodes in (another) big bang"... just like I wrote.
Couric: What happens if the goal of democracy doesn't produce the desired outcome? In Gaza, the U.S. pushed hard for elections and Hamas won.Uh, did she just defend Hamas, which as even Wikipedia notes, "Hamas is listed as a terrorist organization by Canada, the European Union, Israel, Japan, and the United States"?!?
Palin: Yeah, well especially in that region, though, we have to protect those who do seek democracy and support those who seek protections for the people who live there.
Palin: What we're seeing in the last couple of days here in New York is a President of Iran, Ahmadinejad, who would come on our soil and express such disdain for one of our closest allies and friends, Israel ...Didn't she just a moment ago get done talking about "protecting" those who "seek democracy" in a Gaza strip and Hamas context? Now she's talking about Iran and Ahmadinejad's anti-Israeli comments? ... Hey, Sarah, ... newsflash ... Just look up Hamas on Wikipedia and they'll tell you "Hamas' charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel"...
Palin: ... and we're hearing the evil that he speaks and if hearing him doesn't allow Americans to commit more solidly to protecting the friends and allies that we need, especially there in the Mideast, then nothing will."Look, what Americans need to commit to more solidly than anything else is to stop the charade of seriously considering clearly incompetent candidates for the highest offices in the land.