Monday, June 23, 2008

Afternoon Break.

obama with senator bill nelson enroute to miami


Well, rumor is that Obama and Clinton will be campaigning Friday in Pennsylvania. Stay Tuned. Ooopsy....they will be in Unity, New Hampshire.


McCain offers 300M for an automobile battery

That is if he is president.

The presumed Republican nominee is proposing a $300 million government prize to whoever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology. The bounty would equate to $1 for every man, woman and child in the country, "a small price to pay for helping to break the back of our oil dependency," McCain said in remarks prepared for delivery Monday at Fresno State University in California.

McCain said such a device should deliver power at 30 percent of current costs and have "the size, capacity, cost and power to leapfrog the commercially available plug-in hybrids or electric cars."

The Arizona senator is also proposing stiffer fines for automakers who skirt existing fuel-efficiency standards, as well as incentives to increase use of domestic and foreign alcohol-based fuels such as ethanol.

In addition, a so-called Clean Car Challenge would provide U.S. automakers with a $5,000 tax credit for every zero-carbon emissions car they develop and sell.

Ummm, I see our future teckkies falling for this.....


enthusiasm gap is for obama, not mccain

and newsweek meacham on the newsweek poll

and fineman from newsweek on the state of the presidential race

:: putting Obama on the hot spot.

It is all about this statement of Obama's:
It does, however, grant retroactive immunity, and I will work in the Senate to remove this provision so that we can seek full accountability for past offenses.

This is all about making the telecom community RESPONSIBLE for the illegal spying program of the Bush Administration. This is going to be a stickler, here.

My take, they should get NO IMMUNITY, period. Moveon will put the pressure on Obama. Now we will see what happens. Read it here.


Obama camp closely linked with ethanol
When VeraSun Energy inaugurated a new ethanol processing plant last summer in Charles City, Iowa, some of that industry’s most prominent boosters showed up. Leaders of the National Corn Growers Association and the Renewable Fuels Association, for instance, came to help cut the ribbon — and so did Senator Barack Obama .

Then running far behind Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in name recognition and in the polls, Mr. Obama was in the midst of a campaign swing through the state where he would eventually register his first caucus victory. And as befits a senator from Illinois, the country’s second largest corn-producing state, he delivered a ringing endorsement of ethanol as an alternative fuel.

Mr. Obama is running as a reformer who is seeking to reduce the influence of special interests. But like any other politician, he has powerful constituencies that help shape his views. And when it comes to domestic ethanol, almost all of which is made from corn, he also has advisers and prominent supporters with close ties to the industry at a time when energy policy is a point of sharp contrast between the parties and their presidential candidates. continue here


closing the enron loophole


Reporters Claim that the Networks are putting Iraq on the Backburner

I agree with this. How? Well, it costs money to cover wars, period. Name the correspondent from the major networks over there? More importantly, how many are over there?

The next president will have major, huge problems. Many not seen or recognized by the general public. Iraq is worse than many of us can imagine, but the failure of the mainstream media to cover it only tells you what the importance is. MONEY. It costs to cover this war, just as it cost money to cover this presidential race, which is easier because it is on our soil.

Iraq is worse than is being reported, don't believe anything different.

Read the article, here.


Obama is reintroducing himself to the country.

As he must. Remember, we know the Obamas, most of the country does not. And if they know anything is just clips of Reverend Wright, if they were paying attention.

Having this money to fund your own campaign allows you to define yourself, positions, family to the voters. Don't think the McCain Campaign is not worried about this, they are.

In the opening weeks of the general-election campaign, Sen. Barack Obama has moved aggressively to shape his campaign and offered a clear road map for the kind of candidate he is likely to become in the months ahead: an ambitious gamer of the electoral map, a ruthless fundraiser and a scrupulous manager of his own biography in the face of persistent concerns about how he is perceived.

Obama's early maneuvers suggest a clear understanding within the campaign of his strengths and weaknesses. He bought air time in 18 states, a sure sign that he hopes to expand Democrats' traditional electoral map. He opted out of the public campaign-financing system -- revealing his determination to press his financial advantage, even at the cost of handing his Republican opponent the opportunity to raise questions about the sincerity of his rhetoric on reform.

And with a first ad that delves into his biography, Obama acknowledged ongoing concerns among his advisers that voters do not know whether he shares the values and beliefs of ordinary Americans, a potentially critical vulnerability. The ad speaks to the reality that enough questions were raised about Obama through the long nomination battle that he needs to address them. The campaign's concerns include both taking on misinformation -- such as the persistent claim that he is Muslim when he is in fact a Christian -- and framing a biography unlike that of any nominee in the modern era. continue


And if you missed 'This Week With Barack Obama' read it here.

Also read kos's state of the race, interesting, here.

Finally, donate 30.00 and get this cool organic Obama T-Shirt, here.

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