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When do endorsements really matter?

LatinaLista — The tally of newspaper presidential endorsements is showing something that political pundits expect to see at the polls come November 4 — a wide margin between the two candidates.

So far, the Obama-Biden ticket has racked up 121 endorsements versus McCain-Palin’s 42. Editor & Publisher, which is tallying the endorsements and keeping daily tabs, points out that 26 papers which had endorsed Bush in 2004, are now endorsing Obama.
Only four newspapers flipped for McCain.
But does anyone really care about endorsements anymore anyway? Whether they be from newspaper or blog? And the real question — do they matter?
Perhaps only if you agree!

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    October 22, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    Endorsements matter when they come from Hamas for Obama. Obama is also the “chosen one” by most of the countries in the Middle East. Why are these foreign nations so intent on putting Obama in the White House? My guess is that they have so much of an investment in his campaign it would be a monatary loss of millions of dollars. That is unless one is in awe of Obama that they believe 63 million dollars was contributed by the middle class working stiffs.
    Here’s something else to consider:
    Subject: A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing
    This election has me very worried. So many things to
    consider. About a year ago I would have voted for Obama. I have changed my mind three times since then. I watch all the news channels, jumping from one to another. I must say this drives my husband crazy. But, I feel if you view MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News, you might get some middle ground to work with. About six months ago, I started thinking ‘where did the money come from for Obama’. I have four daughters who went to College, and we were middle
    class, and money was tight. We (including my girls) worked hard and there were lots of student loans.
    I started looking into Obama’s life.
    Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in
    California . He is very open about his two years at
    Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies. ‘Barry’ (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates,
    Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan .
    During the summer of 1981, after his second year in
    college, he made a ’round the world’ trip. Stopping
    to see his mother in Indonesia , next Hyderabad in India , three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate’s family, then off to Africa to visit his father’s family. My question – Where did he get the money for this trip? Nether I, nor any one of my children would have had money for a trip like this when they where in college. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York . It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack – not Barry. Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia ? It’s not cheap! to say the
    least. Where did he get money for tuition? Student Loans? Maybe. After Columbia , he went to Chicago to work as a
    Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Why Chicago ? Why not New York ? He was already living in New York .
    By ‘chance’ he met Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko,
    born in Aleppo Syria , and a real estate developer in
    Chicago . Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery this year. Rezko, was named ‘Entrepreneur of the Decade’ by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association’. About two years later, Obama entered
    Harvard Law School . Do you have any idea what tuition is for Harvard Law School ? Where did he get the money for Law School ? More student loans? After Law school, he went back to Chicago . Rezko offered him a job, which he turned down. But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill
    & Galland. Guess what? They represented ‘Rezar’
    which Rezko’s firm. Rezko was one of Obama’s first
    major financial contributors when he ran for office in
    Chicago . In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with ‘seed money’ for his U.S. Senate race. In 2005, Obama
    purchased a new home in Kenwoood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price). With ALL those Student Loans – Where did he get the money for the property?
    On the same day Rezko’s wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price. The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama’s new home
    was purchased. Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko.
    Now, we have Obama running for President. Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama’s boss. She is now Obama’s chief advisor and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first. Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this? Shiraz , Iran ! Do we see a pattern here? Or am I going crazy?
    On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was ‘sacked’ after the press found out he was having regular contacts with ‘Hamas’, which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran . This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers
    reported that during Obama’s visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will ‘Take care of things. Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that where born in Pakistan ? They are in charge of all those
    ‘small’ Internet campaign contribution for Obama.
    Where is that money coming from? The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East ?
    And the final bit of news. On September 7, 2008, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on ‘This Week’ with George Stephanapoulos. Obama on
    talking about his religion said, ‘My Muslim faith’.
    When questioned, ‘he make a mistake’. Some mistake!
    All of the above information I got on line. If you would like to check it – Wikipedia, encyclopedia, Barack Obama;
    Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett: Daily Times – Obama visited Pakistan in 1981; The Washington Times – September 7, 2008;
    The Times May 10, 2008.
    Now the BIG question – If I found out all this information on my own, Why haven’t all of our ‘intelligent’ members of the press been reporting this?
    A phrase that keeps ringing in my ear – ‘Beware of the
    enemy from within’!!
    This was very informative to me and posted by a concerned citizen that has also seen through the fraud known as Barack Obama. Apparently he did not come from humble beginnings as he tries to pretend.

  • Alex
    October 24, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    As a college student, my budget is very tight. That is the case with many of my friends. But a lot of us believe, and realize that this is a very important election and do not want the disastrous results ofthe past two elections that were driven by fear manipulation. We managed to give at least 20 dollars a month to the Obama campaign, some of us can give more, some add 5, 10, or whatever they can. That is happening in many collages around the nation. This is not just in collages, It is happening in neighborhoods, communities. My friend’s high school brother and his buddies, who cannot vote yet, are contributing as well. 5, 10 dollars help. That is how Obama was able to raise the money needed to spread his message of change. Not the fictional stories invented by the Republiklan staff told by their supporters like Eyes Of Texas. Regular folks, like me, in great numbers, want to change the course of our Nation for good.

  • Evelyn
    October 26, 2008 at 6:59 am

    Read this report for a better understanding of why Republicans do the things they do and think the way they do. I salute you Alex, people like you represent the future of this country.
    Psychologists Say Conservatism Is Mental Illness
    Julian Borger in Washington
    Wednesday August 13 2003
    A study funded by the US government has concluded that conservatism can be explained psychologically as a set of neuroses rooted in “fear and aggression, dogmatism and the intolerance of ambiguity”.
    As if that was not enough to get Republican blood boiling, the report’s four authors linked Hitler, Mussolini, Ronald Reagan and the right wing talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, arguing they all suffered from the same affliction.
    All of them “preached a return to an idealised past and condoned inequality”.
    Republicans are demanding to know why the psychologists behind the report, Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition, received $1.2m in public funds for their research from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
    The authors also peer into the psyche of President George Bush, who turns out to be a textbook case. The telltale signs are his preference for moral certainty and frequently expressed dislike of nuance.
    “This intolerance of ambiguity can lead people to cling to the familiar, to arrive at premature conclusions, and to impose simplistic cliches and stereotypes,” the authors argue in the Psychological Bulletin.
    Another author, Arie Kruglanski, of the University of Maryland, said he had received hate mail since the article was published.
    Copy Of Study
    Study Of Republican Link To Mental Illness
    For the better part of the first part of their research paper, the authors focus on the various theories of conservatism, and during the latter part of the paper they then attempt a synthesis of the various approaches.
    The previous studies all tended to analyze conservatism based on three separate types of motivations, Epistemic, Existential, and Ideological Motives.
    They list eight elements that fit into any one of these three categories…
    We consider evidence for and against the hypothesis that political conservatism is significantly associated with (1)mental rigidity and closed-mindedness, including (a) increased dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity, (b) decreased cognitive complexity, (c) decreased openness to experience, (d) uncertainty avoidance, (e) personal needs for order and structure, and (f) need for cognitive closure; (2) lowered self-esteem; (3) fear, anger, and aggression; (4) pessimism, disgust, and contempt; (5) loss prevention;(6) fear of death; (7) threat arising from social and economic deprivation; and (8) threat to the stability of the social system.
    We have argued that these motives are in fact related to one another psychologically, and our motivated social–cognitive perspective helps to integrate them. We now offer an integrative, meta-analytic review of research on epistemic, existential, and ideological bases of conservatism.
    Another disgusting display of conservatism.
    Republican Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the rape of children in Iraqi prisons in order to humiliate their parents into providing information about the anti-American insurgency. See excerpt of one prisoner’s report.

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