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Okay, I lied! It’s going to take more than being left-handed to be American President (Unless you’re George W. Bush, in which case, it doesn’t take much to be president).

The coincidence is that American presidents since the 1970s have been left-handed, with the exception of George W. Bush. Even former Presidential hopeful John McCain is left-handed!

What is it about being left-handed and the American presidency? Is it just coincidence or are we left-handed people just power hungry?

Here’s a short list:

  • Alexander the Great
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Fidel Castro
  • Gandhi
  • Hugo Chavez
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • Osama bin Laden
  • Queen Elizabeth I

Does this really prove we lefties are power hungry? Well, not exactly but if you look at the names on there, these are and were some pretty powerful individuals! And I have the honour of adding myself on a list where Osama bin Laden and Jack the Ripper are in! GO LEFTIES!

The point here is, and it might be obvious, is that lefties are probably more inclined to be intelligent, powerful individuals and NOT just for the American Presidency as the above list shows.

Source: Ancient Lefties

Source: List of Famous Lefties

And if you want to read more on being left-handed, here’s a quick read from Wikipedia.

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Oh like a TRUE Republican, he’s looking after his own.

His kids’ private schools are prime beneficiaries

The charitable contributions of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have received a fair amount of press scrutiny. The same is not true of John McCain, which is somewhat surprising since he is essentially the sole donor to the John and Cindy McCain Foundation, and his wife is its chairman and president.

Between 2001 and 2006, McCain contributed roughly $950,000 to the foundation. That accounted for all of its listed income other than for $100 that came from an anonymous donor. During that same period, the McCain foundation made contributions of roughly $1.6 million. More than $500,000 went to his kids’ private schools, most of which was donated when his children were attending those institutions. So McCain apparently received major tax deductions for supporting elite schools attended by his children.

McCain has net assets of between $20 million and $32 million, making him the seventh wealthiest member of the Senate. His wealth is tied to Cindy Hensley McCain, his second wife and heiress to Hensley & Co., a major Anheuser-Busch distributor.

McCain has four children with Cindy, all of whom attended prep schools in Arizona. Meghan McCain, McCain’s eldest child from his current marriage, went to Xavier College Preparatory. McCain’s foundation has given about $50,000 to the school, mostly during Meghan’s years there. Donations to Xavier have dropped off since Meghan graduated (in 2003 or 2004) and went on to Columbia University. For 2006, the foundation cut Xavier a check for just $250.

McCain has two sons, Jim, who is now a private in the Marines, and Jack, who is attending the Naval Academy in Annapolis. Both previously attended Brophy College Prep in Phoenix, which received at least $267,000 from the senator’s foundation during the years that his sons were there.

The McCain foundation also donated money–roughly $128,000–to Christ Lutheran School, which the McCain’s 15-year-old adopted daughter, Bridget, and their son Jim both attended. In 2001, the foundation also donated $41,667 to the Phoenix Country Day School, another elite prep school where both Meghan and Jack had been students.

Collectively, McCain’s kids’ private schools rank as the largest recipient of his foundation’s money. The largest individual recipient is the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, which received $210,000 in both 2001 and 2002. That money was earmarked for conferences that “bring together key military officers and civilian academics responsible for ethics education and character developments.”

The McCain Foundation also has given large amounts to medical causes of various kinds, with a focus on craniofacial research, and the Halo Trust, a landmine-clearing organization. Small amounts have gone to the Valley Youth Theatre ($200) in Phoenix; Cool our Troops ($500), which provides Misty Mates to troops in Iraq; the Child Crisis Center in Phoenix ($250), which provides emergency shelter and programs for abused kids; and the American Cancer Society’s Neighborhood Cancer Program ($50).

Between 2001 and 2002, the foundation contributed $4,000 to Shannon Ulrich for “special needs education.” I’m not sure where Ullrich attended school at the time but she seems to have later attended Bryn Mawr and now works for McCain’s presidential campaign.

I contacted McCain’s campaign to ask about the foundation’s contributions. A campaign spokesman, who asked to speak anonymously, said the foundation is funded nearly entirely by proceeds from McCain’s book sales. “These are schools that did great things for the McCains’ kids and they felt it was appropriate to support them,” this person said.

It’s impossible to know how much McCain has saved in taxes through his foundation’s donations since he has thus far refused to release his tax returns (and won’t commit to releasing them after formally becoming the nominee either). There’s nothing illegal or improper about the foundation’s contributions, but it’s not exactly the pattern of giving you’d expect from someone who has cultivated an anti-elitist image.

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Oh McCain, oh my dear dear McCain, when will you ever learn that researching someone before using them, will work in your benefit.

HOLLAND, Ohio — Joe the Plumber’s story sprang a few leaks Thursday.
Turns out that the man who was held up by John McCain as the typical, hard-working American taxpayer isn’t really a licensed plumber. And court documents show he owes nearly $1,200 in back taxes.

“Joe,” whose name is Samuel J. Wurzelbacher, was cited repeatedly in Wednesday night’s final presidential debate by McCain for questioning Barack Obama’s tax policy.

Wurzelbacher instantly became a media celebrity, fielding calls during the debate and facing reporters outside his home near Toledo on Thursday morning for an impromptu nationally televised news conference.The burly, bald man acknowledged he doesn’t have a plumber’s license, but said he didn’t need one because he works for someone else at a company that does residential work.

But Wurzelbacher still would need to be a licensed apprentice or journeyman to work in Toledo, and he’s not, said David Golis, manager and residential building official for the Toledo Division of Building Inspection.

State and local records show Wurzelbacher has no license, although his employer does. Golis said there are no records of inspectors citing Wurzelbacher for unlicensed work in Toledo.
And then there was the matter of his taxes.

Wurzelbacher owes the state of Ohio $1,182.98 in personal income tax, according to Lucas County Court of Common Pleas records.

In January 2007, Ohio’s Department of Taxation filed a claim on his property until he pays the debt, according to the records. The lien remains active.

At the debate, McCain cited Wurzelbacher as an example of someone who wants to buy a plumbing business but would be hurt by Obama’s tax plans.

Wurzelbacher, a self-described conservative, had spoken to Obama at a rally Sunday near his home and asked him whether his tax plan would keep him from buying the business that currently employs him, which earns more than $250,000 a year.

“Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn’t it?” Wurzelbacher asked.

Obama said that under his proposal taxes on any revenue from $250,000 on down would stay the same, but that amounts above that level would be subject to a 39 percent tax, instead of the current 36 percent rate.

Source

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It’s been ten years since 21-year-old Matthew Shepard lost his life after being violently beaten and left for dead along a remote Wyoming road.

His offense? Being himself – a conscientious college student who happened to be gay.

The murder shocked and saddened the nation, but a decade later, federal law still fails to recognize hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In honor of Matthew’s life, tell John McCain and Barack Obama it’s time to end the long era of hate. Tell Obama to continue to support hate crimes legislation and ask McCain to reverse his position.
Please go to:

http://www. hrcactioncenter. org/campaign/matthewshepard10

Last year, both the House and Senate approved the bill, but it was stopped short by President Bush. Still, Matthew’s mother Judy has let neither grief nor frustration stop her family’s courageous fight for equal protection under the law for all LGBT Americans.

As the anniversary of her son’s death passes once again, show your support by making your voice heard alongside hers.

Then, please pass this message along to friends and family, a reminder that no one deserves to be victimized for being who they are.

It’s already been ten years. There’s no more time to waste.

Please go to:

http://www. hrcactioncenter. org/campaign/matthewshepard10

HRC’s own Cathy Nelson was recently featured on CNN Heroes after being nominated by long-time HRC supporter Cyndi Lauper. Watch Cathy and Cyndi talk about the fight to pass a comprehensive hate crimes law.
Go to: http://www. hrc. org/fighthatecrimes/video. html

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And she also thinks Obama is one fine piece of ass! Hope you like this Casey!

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So I got this from a friend on myspace, its a video…which in a weird way is funny yet damnright scary!

Last nights Presidential debate was dominated by the economy and we can only hope that this coutry can bounce back, and bounce back FAST!

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Who loves a liar? Television viewers, that’s who! Why should we want the truth when we can hear what we want to hear? McCain’s numbers were up when he was lying to us. Now that the lies have been debunked, his numbers are down. Maybe it’s because we’re mad at him for lying or maybe it’s because he wasn’t good enough at the game to make us believe the lies were the truth – after all, they are much more entertaining, aren’t they?

I’ve been appalled by Fox News in the past, but now it’s really getting ridiculous. I am amazed at how some people believe the blatant lies Fox News allows on air. A split decision in Pennsylvania? Ok, maybe Fox doesn’t lie…maybe they just see invisible leprechauns raising their hands. Who knows.

Gotta love the old lady in the background who ripped her husband’s hand down after the first question.

Unfortunately, visuals like this chart have ceased to surprise me.

As Scott McClellan has claimed, the Bush Administration has been feeding Fox its talking points. Considering Bush’s self-increase in executive power and his love of trying to control everything from habeus corpus (or lack thereof) to the 3-page bailout proposal vote, I’d tend to believe Mr. McClellan. Thankfully, people stop listening to the lunatic as his time in office winds down.

But people listen to Fox News. Who, after Scott’s claim, published an article stating the White House considered McClellan a disgruntled former employee. Wow! What a great way to prove that you are not in the pocket of George W. Spread the failed deflection to the drones who continue to believe the lies.

Then, of course, there is the debate ass-covering. Just in case Palin screws the pooch tonight, the excuse is ready to go! Gwen Ifill wrote a book called “The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama”. Fox News has latched onto this in the past 48 hours as though this were new information.

Greta Van Sustern said this:
“I confirmed for us here on GretaWire: the McCain campaign did NOT know about Gwen Ifill’s book (I think I told them when I made my efforts — emails about midnight — to find out!) I am stunned … the campaign (actually both) should have been told before the campaign agreed to have her moderate. It simply is not fair — in law, this would create a mistrial [emphasis in original].”

What’s interesting is that The Associated Press reported the book as early as July 21st. This was before both campaigns agreed on August 21st that Ifill would be the VP debate moderator. Even The Washington Post also reported on the book on September 4th.

It’s interesting that I, as a lay person with a small amount of resources can find this information, but Ms. Sustern and the McCain campaign (whose resources outnumber even Ms. Ifill’s, I’m sure) did not even google Ifill’s name before midnight yesterday to do their own research or confirm the accuracy of their verbal diarrhea. Stunning.

Good ol’ Fox News. We can always count on them to shield us from unnecessary truths.

We all remember this gem:

And the tendency for Fox to latch onto rumors instead of researching facts for themselves leans toward the edge of ridiculousness

Then our good friend Bill O’Reilly, who enjoys the sound of his own voice more than anyone I’ve seen, has his own host of lying videos online. Here’s the shortest one I could find:

Even a 6 year old can imitate such a moron

Thankfully, not all Republicans are sheep or drinking the money kool-aid that the Bush administration has been virtually bribing them with over the past 8 years. These angry people (mostly Ron Paul supporters – gotta love them!) tell Sean Hannity exactly what they think:

It’s too bad Rupert Murdoch takes the easy way out. After all, it’s much less work to just make shit up or read off talking points from statements given to you by the one man you’ve promised to blow as long as he promotes you and keeps your rich ass on top. It’s really nothing more than the National Inquirer for television. And they might even be better. At least the Inquirer doesn’t pretend they aren’t full of shit. Fair and Balanced my ass.

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