Are You Better Off Today Than You Were in ’08?

Today, the Republican Study Group released “Those Voices Don’t Speak for the Rest of Us,” a fantastic video advertisement below:

Ace of Spades reports that he suggested Republicans produce a sequel to the ad that features the Ronald Reagan-style question, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?”  Perhaps, we should modify it for the mid-term elections to say, “Are you better off today than you were in 2008?”

Hat tip:  Gateway Pundit

Number of Chicago Murders in 2008 Tops U.S. Soldier Deaths in Iraq, But Media’s Not Reporting It

2008 Body Count:  Iraq vs. Chicago

2008 Body Count: Iraq vs. Chicago

Few Americans realize the number of people murdered in Chicago during 2008 was larger than the number of U.S. soldier deaths in Iraq during the same period.

In a Sept. 4 post, I noted an effort by Chicago’s CBS television affiliate to change that fact. CBS2Chicago broadcast a report that included an interesting stat — that is, the city’s 125 summer murders total nearly doubled the number of soldiers killed in Iraq during the same time period (65).  Unfortunately, they seemed to stand alone.

Two days ago, Associated Press had the opportunity to share the facts for comparison.  Unfortunately, they opted to publish a story containing only half of the story (i.e., that at least 314 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq during 2008, down from 904 in the previous year).

Yesterday, the folks at the Chicago Tribune had a similar chance.  Unfortunately, their article that appeared in yesterday’s edition also included only half of the story (i.e., that the Windy City closed 2008 with 509 homicides, an increase of about 15 percent over 2007).

Combine the two stories, and the whole 2008 picture — the picture unpainted by members of the media — is made clear:

  • 314 U.S. soldiers died in Iraq;
  • 509 people were murdered in Chicago.

You read about it here.

Hat tip:  NewsBusters

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Added 6/01/09: Seven Killed in Chicago During 24-Hour Period, While Six Killed in War Zones During Entire Week

‘Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians’ List Offered

Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, released its 2008 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” yesterday.  In alphabetical order below, I offer abbreviated versions of the narratives about these politicians provided by Judicial Watch:

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Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY): Let’s start with the fact that Hillary Clinton is constitutionally ineligible to serve as Secretary of State in the Obama administration. According to the Ineligibility Clause of the United States Constitution, no member of Congress can be appointed to an office that has benefited from a salary increase during the time that Senator or Representative served in Congress.

Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT): Question: Which member of the U.S. Senate took the most campaign money from corrupt institutions Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Answer: Chris Dodd, Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee. Given this fact there is little reason to wonder why Senator Dodd blocked reform proposals for Fannie and Freddie, calling them “ill advised.” Dodd’s willingness to protect Fannie and Freddie would alone merit a spot on the “ten most corrupt list,” but there is much more.

Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett (D-IL): CBS News once called Chicago politician Valerie Jarrett “the other side of Barack Obama’s brain.” Residents of a housing project in Chicago simply know her as “slumlord.” Jarrett is the former manager of Grove Parc Plaza, a controversial low-income housing project located in Obama’s former state senate district. According to the Boston Globe, the housing complex was considered “uninhabitable by unfixed problems, such as collapsed roofs and fire damage.

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA): Rep. Lewis may share a name with a world-renowned comedian, but there’s nothing funny about his addiction to influence peddling and earmarking. Lewis, the senior Republican on the House Appropriations Committee, is under investigation for approving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal projects to benefit clients of one of his best friends, lobbyist and former Congressman Bill Lowery.

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President-Elect Barack Obama (D-IL): As Barack Obama assumes the presidency he already brings to the White House a large amount of ethical baggage. Obama’s presidential campaign had some of the ethical trimmings of a Chicago ward election. It was marked with enormous corruption issues, ranging from its alliance with the sleazy ACORN operation’s “voter registration” and “get out the vote” efforts to its acceptance of untraceable, and in too many cases, illegal online contributions.

There are also Obama’s corrupt dealings with convicted felon Tony Rezko and unrepentant terrorist William Ayers, his below-market rate mortgage loans, his stock dealings and related “earmark” votes in the U.S. Senate, and his missing or non-existent official papers from his years in the Illinois State Senate. His ongoing cover up of his and his team’s role in the Blagojevich “pay-to-play” scandal is ruining his presidency even before he takes the oath of office.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): Last year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made the “most corrupt” list for sneaking a $25 million earmark for her husband into a $15 billion Water Resources Development Act passed by Congress. This year, Pelosi ran afoul of federal election law by participating in an illegal advertising campaign funded by Al Gore’s non-profit Alliance for Climate protection.

Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY): Rep. Charles Rangel, Chairman of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, took the unusual step of filing an ethics complaint against himself in 2008 related to scandals involving unpaid taxes and rent-controlled apartments. This act was clearly a publicity stunt, but regardless, the House Ethics Committee took the New York congressman up on his request, and even took things a step further by expanding the scope of its investigation.

Former Rep. Rick Renzi (R-AZ): Three-term Republican congressman Rick Renzi was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2008 for conspiracy, extortion, money laundering and wire fraud. He allegedly used his influence on a House Natural Resources Committee to orchestrate a land swap with the federal government that financially benefited himself and his associates. The 49-year-old lawmaker, who owns an insurance business, is also charged with embezzling more than $400,000 from insurance clients to fund his congressional campaign.

Former Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK): “Uncle Ted” Stevens, the face of Alaska politics for 40 years and formerly the longest serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, was narrowly defeated in his campaign for re-election in November. But that’s the least of his problems. Just days before the November election, Stevens was convicted on seven felony counts for accepting illegal gifts and then lying about it.

Rep. Don Young (R-AK): Carrying on Alaska’s legacy of corruption, Rep. Don Young is also the subject of an influence peddling investigation. (You may recall it was Young who attempted to push through the $200 million “Bridge to Nowhere” boondoggle.) Well the Justice Department is also investigating the 18-term congressman for his corrupt ties to an oil services company, VECO, ironically the same company that furnished illegal gifts to Senator Ted Stevens.

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

Former Senator John Edwards (D-NC): By day, former North Carolina Senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards repeatedly professed his love for his cancer-stricken wife during media interviews and campaign speeches. By night, Edwards was carrying on an illicit sexual affair with a former campaign consultant, Rielle Hunter.

Former Rep. William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson (D-LA): William “Dollar Bill” Jefferson was nabbed in a sting operation accepting a $100,000 bribe from an FBI informant to broker business deals in Africa. During his conversation with the informant, who was wired, Jefferson famously remarked, “All these notes we’re writing to each other, as if the FBI is watching.” Well, the FBI was watching (and listening) and during a subsequent search of Jefferson’s home, investigators found $90,000 in cash stuffed in the congressman’s freezer.

To read the expanded narratives about the politicians listed above, click here.

Judicial Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Judicial Watch neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office.

Economic Crisis Brings Out ‘Auld Anxiety’

Though mostly negative, there’s no shortage of online and offline buzz about the economy.  In the cartoon above, David Donar at Political Graffiti puts a humorous spin on the topic.  I simply say, “Happy New Year!”

Top 25 Posts Propel Blog to Record-Setting Year

It’s been another record-setting year at Bob McCarty Writes.  Three days shy of the new year, this blog has logged more than 1.9 million page views and attracted nearly 500,000 unique visitors.

Much of this blog’s success is due to the popularity of 25 most-viewed posts published on this blog during 2008.  The headlines and lead paragraphs of those “Top 25″ posts appear below, shown in order of newest to oldest with the date of publication in parentheses:

  • Report: Black Panthers Intimidating Voters in Philly (Nov. 4) — Just after 11 a.m. CDT, Fox News Channel’s Rick Leventhal reported from the scene of a Philadelphia polling location to which police were called to deal with a group of Black Panthers alleged to be carrying nightsticks and intimidating voters.
  • Conflict Exists Over Where Obama Was Born (Nov. 3) — Though most of the buzz has died down about the matter of Barack Obama’s birth certificate and whether or not he is a legal citizen of the United States, controversy still exists over the Democratic Party presidential nominee’s legal status.
  • ‘Berg v. Obama’ Heads to Supreme Court Today (Oct. 30) — Philadelphia attorney Philip Berg will be at the United States Supreme Court at 3:15 p.m. EST today to file a Petition for Writ of Certiorari, as well as an application to Justice Souter–the applicable Justice given this region–for an immediate injunction to stay the presidential election currently only five days away.  That news appeared in a post at Jeff Schreiber’s America’s Right blog.
  • Obama Citizenship Lawsuit Tossed, SCOTUS Next! (Oct. 25) — According to a news release on Phillip Berg’s web site, ObamaCrimes.com, the judge in Berg v. Obama has dismissed the case and Berg plans to appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court.
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  • Rush Raises Issue of Obama Birth Certificate (Oct. 23) — In what I believe was a first for this political season, Rush Limbaugh discussed on his radio program the controversy surrounding a lawsuit filed in August by prominent Philadelphia attorney Phillip Berg against Barack Obama.
  • Barack Obama Citizenship Lawsuit ‘Still Breathing’ (Oct. 21) — Philip Berg, the prominent Philadelphia attorney and longtime Democrat who filed a federal lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s qualifications to serve as president of the United States, announced today that Obama and the Democratic National Committee have “admitted” all of the numerous specific requests in thefederal lawsuit.  In my words, not his, it’s “still breathing.”
  • New Lawsuit Demands Obama Prove Citizens (Oct. 16) — Nearly two months after I published what has turned out to be this blog’s most-popular post ever, Lawsuit Challenges Barack Obama Citizenship, and barely a week after highlighting one many’s worry about our country being headed to a Constitutional crisis, word of yet another lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship reached my desk.
  • Obama Explains Tax Plan to Ohio Plumber (Oct. 13) — I’ve never been a big fan of Penn & Teller, but today, I have to say I’m a fan of a new video released today that includes their commentary on Barack Obama’s socialist plans to turn the United States into a Marxist wasteland.  [Note: The original Penn & Teller version has been pulled for some reason; therefore, I substituted another video showing Obama explaining away his tax play.]
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  • Origin of Obama’s Last Name Explains A Lot (Oct. 3) — Barack Obama has used at least five different names* during his 47-year lifetime, according to a lawsuit contesting his citizenship qualifications to seek the presidency.  Because most Americans know him only by the name they see on campaign signs, I decided to investigate the origins of his name — specifically, his last name — and was pleasantly surprised by what I found.  Moreover, had I not read it with my own eyes, I might not have believed it.
  • Corruption Allegations Fly at House ACORN Hearing (Sept. 25) — Corruption at every level, including embezzlement, cover-ups, misuse of taxpayer funds and voter fraud.  Those were the allegations aired by James Terry about the community organizing group known as ACORN during an oversight hearing conducted by the joint House Administration and House Judiciary Committee.
  • Lawsuit Challenges Barack Obama Citizenship (Aug. 23) — Prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter Phillip Berg has filed a lawsuit contesting Barack Obama’s citizenship qualifications to seek the presidency.

  • Will Cross Adorn Coca-Cola Cans This Christmas? (Aug. 18) — The crescent moon and star — yes, the same symbol featured on the flags of so many Muslim countries — is an internationally-recognized symbol of the Islamic faith in much the same way as the cross represents Christianity and the star of David Judaism.  When I learned the symbol of the Islamic faith will appear on Coca-Cola packaging during Ramadan 2008, I found myself wondering whether or not the Atlanta-based soft drink maker will soon include the Christian cross and Jewish star of David in future holiday packaging designs targeting people of those faiths.
  • Update Offered on Bogus Obama Birth Certificate (Aug. 4) — The certificate of live birth (a.k.a., “birth certificate”) purported by the liberal Daily KOS blog to be that of Democrat Barack Obama actually belonged to a female, according to the fully-credentialed document forensics expert whose research-based conclusions were featured two weeks ago in my post, Barack Obama Birth Certificate Dubbed a Fake.
  • Barack Obama Birth Certificate Dubbed a Fraud (July 22) — Does Barack Obama offer change we can really believe in? No. And neither does the document purported to be his certificate of live birth (a.k.a., “birth certificate”), according to a fully-credentialed document forensics expert cited by Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs.
  • Fort Bragg Soldiers Living in Deplorable Conditions (April 29) — Believe it or not, I learned about some ought-to-be-condemned facilities in which Army soldiers are living at Fort Bragg by reading a post at the ON DEADLINE blog at USA TODAY:  Edward Frawley posted this video on YouTube after seeing the conditions his son was living in at Fort Bragg following a 15-month deployment to Afghanistan.
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  • Shocking Gas Price Prediction: $10 a Gallon (April 28) — In a “Special to the Sun” article in the New York Sun today, writer Dan Dorfman offers this shocking prediction:  Get ready for another economic shock of major proportions — a virtual doubling of prices at the gas pump to as much as $10 a gallon.
  • Earthquake Wakes St. Louis-Area Blogger (April 4) — I lived in Japan for more than three years and know an earthquake when I feel it. At approximately 4.40 a.m. Central, this St. Louis-area blogger was awakened by an earthquake.
  • Obama Organized Farrakhan’s ‘Million Man March’ (April 2) — Democrat presidential front-runner Barack Obama not only marched with Nation of Islam Founder Louis Farrakhan in the first Million Man March on Washington, D.C., but he helped organize the 1995 event!
  • Woods Fund President Silent on Obama Votes (Feb. 27) — Two days ago, I published a post containing a news release issued the by the folks at WorldNet Daily. It alleged that Sen. Barack Obama served as a paid director of the Woods Fund alongside a confessed domestic terrorist and that, during Obama’s term, the Chicago-based nonprofit group’s board voted to provide $75,000 in grants to the controversial Arab American Action Network.
  • Obama Worked with Terrorist, Expert Says (Feb. 25) — In a news release one hour ago, a Middle East correspondent for WorldNet Daily claims that Sen. Barack Obama served as a paid director alongside a confessed domestic terrorist granted funding to a controversial Arab group that mourns the establishment of Israel as a “catastrophe” and supports intense immigration reform, including providing drivers licenses and education to illegal aliens.

  • Shooting in Kirkwood, Missouri (Feb. 7) — KSDK-TV, the NBC affiliate in St. Louis just reported that a man walked into the city council chambers in the St. Louis suburb of Kirkwood, Mo., said all he wanted was justice and began shooting.
  • ‘Messin’ With Sasquatch’ Star in Image from Mars (Jan. 23) — The Mars Spirit Rover image making headlines today shows what some claim to be a Sasquatch-like creature. To me, the image in the inset photo below left which appears with a Fox News article today reminds me of the one featured in a string of recent Messin’ With Sasquatch television commercials.
  • Obama’s Brother to Capture Nation’s Attention (Jan. 16) — Arguably the most colorful presidential sibling of my lifetime, Billy Carter became well known to the American public as Jimmy Carter’s beer-drinking brother. In similar fashion, Roger Clinton gained notoriety as Bill Clinton’s drug-abusing, ex-con brother. Now, another politician’s sibling stands on the verge of capturing the nation’s attention.
  • ‘Poll Dancer’ Takes Credit for Primary Surprise (Jan. 9) — Tuesday night’s election outcome in New Hampshire surprised many Americans, but it didn’t shock me one bit. Why? Because I’m one of those unseen individuals the polling firms should blame for the discrepancies between election-day forecasts and the results that followed the first-in-the-nation Democratic Primary. I’m a political opinion poll dancer.

Bonus: Because the two posts below — published during 2007 — garnered more views than 13 of the 25 posts above, I offer links to them as well.

Barack Obama w/Muhammad Ali Photo on Wall

  • Photo on Obama Web Site Raises Questions (Oct. 16, 2007) — A long-time political junkie and public relations practitioner, I spend time each day surfing the web sites of presidential candidates. Visiting the Barack Obama photo gallery today, I found the photo above as the eighth of 11 available for viewing.
  • Ron Paul Announces GOP Presidential Bid (March 12, 2007) — The 2008 presidential race gained another candidate today — Republican Rep. Ron Paul of Texas.

Thanks to everyone for helping this blog succeed!  Best wishes in 2009!

Just When I Thought I Had Seen It All…

Just when I thought I had seen everything possible related to merging politics and free enterprise, I stumbled upon a post, Obama Condoms vs. McCain Condoms, published yesterday at The Western Standard‘s The Shotgun Blog.

Highlighted in the post is an Associated Press article from June, Obama and McCain condoms – ‘for when you just need to switch your position’.

Full of tongue-in-cheek humor, the piece could be viewed as evidence that the newsgathering cartel was more interested in fluff than in substance (i.e., Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko et al) as it covered the 2008 presidential campaign.

Thanks for Flushing Obama!


Help spread the word!  The 2008 presidential election takes place Tuesday, Nov. 4.  Americans who love freedom and still believe in The American Dream must vote for John McCain.  The alternative?  Well, it’s equivalent to flushing more than two centuries of greatness down the toilet.

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