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Obama is the better presidential candidate — and the end of debate

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 31, 2008

Obama is the better presidential candidate but we simply cannot afford to ignore checks and balances.

We are in a critical time in the world – not just the USA.

We cannot afford to have a Democratic Congress AND Democratic President.  It is not the time to start pushing through legislation.  We need to seriously contemplate next moves and all signs are there that legislation is already being teed-up to slide through…

Even before Obama is elected, the talk is that Obama and Congress are already cutting the defense budget by 25%. The cut may be the right move but it needs to be discussed and debated.

If Obama wins it may be the end of debate on important issues.
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Interesting Obama-related business letter being forwarded

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 30, 2008

Here is an email that has been floating around the country…


Dear Fellow Business Owners

As a Business owner who employs 30 people, I have  resigned myself to the fact that Barack Obama,
wll be our next President, and that my Taxes and Fees, will go up in a BIG way.

To compensate for these increases, I figure, that the Customer, will have to see an increase in my
fees to them of about, 8%. I will also have to lay off 6 of my employees. This really bothered me as
I believe we are family,here and did’nt know how to choose who will have to go. So, this is what I did.

I strolled thru the parking lot and found, 8 Obama bumper stickers on my employees cars.

I have decided these folks will be the first to be laid off.

I can’t think of another fair way to approach this problem. If you have a better idea, let me know.
I am sending this letter to all Business owners that I know.

yyyyyy Corp.

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Obama + 5%

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 31, 2008

I watch the daily changes in the polls and believe they are extremely inaccurate. So inaccurate, they obama president should add 5% to an Obama numbers.

If Obama is forecasted at 46% (Gallup Daily Election Poll Results for the General Election, July 27-29, 2008, Based upon a three day rolling average of national registered voters. ) we should consider Obama’s number 51%.

Do I have any formal basis of knowledge to back it up? No. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night 😉 )

The major factor in the inaccuracy of the polls is the pollsters are not reaching a dominant sweet spot for Obama (Ages 18 – 25, cell phone users, students, online users, etc…)

I imagine Gallup is making calls to people. Reaching people over 30 years old… The bottom line is anyone who is picking up the phone (landline and cell) is not that sweet spot.


I checked to make sure the Gallup people were calling cell phones and found they do call them. (That’s a step in the right direction.)

Survey Methods (From Gallup)
For the Gallup Poll Daily tracking survey, Gallup is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day during 2008.
The general-election results are based on combined data from July 27-29, 2008. For results based on this sample of 2,682 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).
In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.
To provide feedback or suggestions about how to improve, please e-mail

Good. At least they are calling cell phones.

I found it interesting that the chart on this page was a three-day rolling survey. They state they interview no fewer than 1,000 adults nationwide each day. So this is a three-day survey, wouldn’t they have at least 3,000 results in the survey versus the 2,682. (I am sure they can get 3,000 registered voters surveyed over the period.)

Remember this post in November, when Obama and McCain are 2 points apart in the polls going into the election and Obama wins by at least 7 points.


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Obama and experience – no problem

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 29, 2008

Being the President of the United States is not about being an expert in all subjects. The job requires obama president of USyou to have a basis of knowledge, common sense, and the ability to surround yourself with experts in the areas. Selection of a cabinet is key.

Being President is unlike any other position in the world. It is not like being a Senator, Representative, Governor, or Mayor. Are there aspects of these positions with similarities to aspects of being President? Of Course!

So let’s stop talking about experience. Until you are President, you do not have experience at being President.

Judging by his campaign, Obama seems to surround himself with productive people who are good at their jobs. If consistent with his campaign, Obama will appoint a solid, productive cabinet.

Obama and his “future Cabinet members” will be good for the U.S. and the world.


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Tapped: My sister is a soldier in Iraq

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 21, 2008

Here is a chat with a young man from the west coast. The only information that has been changed is to protect the people’s identity. friend_of_TopOfTheThread’s sister is stationed in Iraq. His sister plans on attending medical school upon her return.

It is interesting to get a soldier’s family member’s opinions… (Stay with it. It is a chat so it may seem out of order at times.) Date of chat 6/21/08

US soldier with children in Iraq



topofthethread: Does she get American news or newspapers?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i think so

topofthethread: I admire everyone over there. I think they are doing a great job.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : do you have any relatives there?

topofthethread: No but a buddy of mine is in the marines. He was overseas and now is back in quantico.

topofthethread: Whether people agree or disagree with the “actions” overseas, it is important that our people feel supported

topofthethread: Does your sister and her group feel supported by us?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : I agree! I think that they know we’re behind them. It might be a bit disconcerting to hear the spiteful remarks of self-proclaimed liberals though.

topofthethread: I agree.

topofthethread: I can’t stand to hear it.

topofthethread: Does she feel like she’s in danger?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : it would be pretty naive if she didnt

topofthethread: Overall yes. But constantly.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: what I don’t get is the sheer number of people claiming how f—ing supportive they are of the war but never dared join up. most people have no clue what being deployed actually means. its so hypocritical.

topofthethread: yep

topofthethread: I would never imagine, pretend, to have any clue as to what it is like. We should simply 100% support the people.

topofthethread: And we should have a real strategy.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : being a relative of someone over there, I’m in favor of pulling the troops out as soon as possible. But everyone keeps telling me that this attitude would be destructive. how the heck would they know what’s best in this situation? noone does.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: the war is a fact. all we can do now is try to make the best of it.

topofthethread: Good point. The only fact is we have real, americans over there doing their jobs and risking their lives for us. That’s it. We do not know what would happen in any of the scenarios being presented.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: exactly. but apparently, these real people have become a politcal toy.


topofthethread: Does your sister’s superiors give her any indication as to how long this action will last?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : nothing definite

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : in the end, it comes down to gov policy

topofthethread: how long is she enlisted for?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : for X years. XX months to go.

topofthethread: You and your folks must be counting the minutes

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : yeah

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i tried to talk her out of it, but she’s serious about studying, and we could never afford uni (we’re ‘XXXXXXXXXXees’), so…

topofthethread: So she enlisted purely for the money for college?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: no, if so, there would have been alternatives, the money offered kinda settled the discussion

topofthethread: Is she your younger sister?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: nope, older

topofthethread: what would she say if you told her you were going to enlist?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: I think she’d try to persuade me not to do it.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: after all, if all this was really for our country, and not just in the interest of it, I probably wouldn’t hesitate.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i don’t think the military would want me, though. I’m ….XXXXXXX

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: so…who are you gonna vote for?

topofthethread: Not sure. For such a great country, the choices are… McCain has more experience but I am afraid he will follow the current administration’s path. (If they had a plan it would have helped. Obama…

topofthethread: is this man of change but I have not seen any substance or answers.

topofthethread: My decision has not been made… yet…

topofthethread: And you?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: not sure either. I don’t think experience is that important, after all, the president

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: is hardly gonna make any decisions without consulting his staff. And we live in a democratic system, so he doesn’t have that much power anyway. From the very start I was inclined to vote for Clinton, but she behaved crappily during the primaries.

topofthethread: i g2g. I wish you and your sister all the best and her speedy / healthy return to you and your family. ……………………….

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: ok

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Regardless of the political climate in the U.S. please support our troops.


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America needs a one-term, bust-chops President

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 19, 2008

We all know this won’t happen because a first term president immediately starts his initial term with an eye on getting reelected…american flag president

More than ever, America needs a tough, strategic leader.

We need a “person” who will get in office, not be afraid to ruffle feathers, and get things done. He / she needs to be soley focused on selflessly stopping the current tailspin of the U.S.

We need that SOB CEO-type person who is going to get the country from point A to point B… reagardless of all obstacles… join him, help him, or get out of the way.

Unfortunately, The President always need the backing of one of the parties in order to get legislation and action completed. For this exercise, let’s make believe he can be that hard-ass CEO and needs to get these 3 things accomplished in his one and only term in office.

1. Oil and Drilling

If the economy is good, and people feel financially confident, everyone feels better about life. The economy is revolving around oil.

Oil has dramatically affected the U.S. We are so dependent on imported oil, we are at the world’s mercy.

China has started slant drilling off of Florida. They have also reopened old refineries in Cuba. Venezuela doesn’t exactly love the U.S. and is planning on selling “previously destined to the U.S. oil”, to China. Mexcio has elections in July and it is expected the new Mexican leadership will not favor selling crude oil to the U.S.

Simply put, we need to (a) learn to conserve while (b) drilling of the coast of Florida and in Alaska. Many people won’t like it. It just needs to get done. Let all the nature groups scream. Tough. And yes, Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country. (See )

2. Terrorism

Let the world know we won’t stand for terrorism and we’re willing to fight. But we need to have a plan. Think strategically not tactically. We want the U.S. (and the world) to be free of terrorism. We are fine with sending in troops and planes. We just need a plan. Who. What. Where…. What is our exit strategy? What is a success? failure?

We know the plan will be modifed from time to time. We need a plan.

We need to fight. Opponents will scream. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.

3. Unify the country (party lines)

Democrats. Republicans. Indendents. There has never been such party lines as we have today. There seems to be out and out hatred of the other party. This is the hardest and easiest of the three items here.

I wish I knew the answer to this one. Perhaps we should dissolve the party system.

If we dissolve the parties, the “party power mongers” will rally the troops. Protests will occur. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.


In this imaginery scenario, if our president accomplished these three items, He would definitely make a lot of enemies and not get reelected. He probably would not even get his party’s nomination (if there were parties).

… but we would be on our way to again being the greatest country on earth.

Wishful thinking.


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Bill please be quiet – Let Hillary tell us she is exiting the race

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 2, 2008

Perhaps not having “Billary” in The White House will be a benefit to us. He can’t seem to take a back Bill Hillary Billary Clinton democrats presidential candidatesseat and let Hillary have the uninterrupted spotlight. It’s her campaign, let her tell us she is exiting the race.

But no!!!

Bill Clinton today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in a campaign of this kind,” former president Bill Clinton told a rally of his wife’s supporters in South Dakota, ABC and NBC reported.” (Courtesy of article called “Bill hints it’s the end for Hillary Clinton”, from the

Ok. Now we know. Why did Bill have to say anything?

If Hillary did win, could you imagine what we would have in store for us for the next 4 years?

Scenario #1: Hillary approves the CIA assassination of a known terrorist; scheduled for tomorrow. Bill Clinton would tell the press today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in the assassination of a known terrorist of this kind,”
Scenario #2: Hillary approves the moving of a spy submarine off the coast of a middle eastern country. Bill Clinton would tell the press today: “I want to say also that this may be the last day I’m ever involved in the moving of a spy submarine off the coast of a middle eastern country of this kind.”

Hillary, Sorry to see You go.


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