February 4th, 2008 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal
Feb. 4th, 2008
08:28 am - Obama is a liar
Assuming he was quoted accurately in this story:
`And then there are people who say, `Well, he doesn’t believe in the Second Amendment,’ even though I come from a state - we’ve got a lot of hunters in downstate Illinois. And I have no intention of taking away folks’ guns.”
Obama didn’t mention that he does support gun control and has a record of voting for it in the Illinois Senate. He backed limiting handgun purchases to one a month, but he made no attempts to ban them. Today, he stands by his support for controls while trying to reassure hunters that he has no interest in interfering with their access to firearms.
A spokesman for Obama rival Hillary Rodham Clinton pointed out that 12 years ago when he was running for the state Legislature, Obama said in a questionnaire that he “supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns.’
In addition to a ban on handguns, he also supports a ban on semi-automatic weapons.
candid’s voting guide pretty much reflects my own sentiment. Except I would vote for Hillary before Obama. A large percentage of the population hates her guts, so she would likely be less effective in getting her agenda passed.
02:31 pm - Obama: the 6% change
If Obama represents “change “, how much change can we expect from him?
The Senate has held 645 roll-call votes while Obama and Clinton served together in the Senate. Their votes differed only 40 times. 94% of the time they voted identically. (1)
Also, “….On Congressional Quarterly’s tally of how often senators support Bush’s positions on issues coming before the Senate, in 2005 Clinton earned a 31 out of 100 rating (with 100 meaning totally supportive of Bush) and Obama got a 33.
On the National Journal scale of liberal to conservative positions, again based on roll call votes in 2005, Obama rated an 82.5 (meaning he was more liberal than 82.5 percent of his Senate colleagues) and Clinton a 79.8…” (2)
Of course, that Obama would change so little is probably a large part of his popularity. If he actually stood for significant change, he’d be polling the same numbers as Kucinich or Paul.
02:45 pm - Ron Paul is liar too.
Lest anyone think I’m picking on Obama, Ron Paul is a liar too.
Here he is lying to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
Paul: "I have absolutely no idea who wrote those things."
Blitzer: "Did you used to read these newsletters."
Paul: [long pause]
Paul: "Not back then...[blather]"
Right... He's still the best candidate, though. I think he lies much less often than the other candidates, and his policies are far better than anyone else.
04:36 pm - Who do the troops support?
According to Q4, FEC filings:
A search of the FEC database by employer reveals that Dr. Paul has received 1160 donations from military donors, nearly triple that of John McCain, and more than McCain, Mitt Romney, and Mike Huckabee combined.
Dr. Paul’s total military donations of $249 thousand are almost as much as the $260 thousand of combined donations received by the other five remaining candidates.
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