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The fact that the two presidential candidates have been in eastern North Carolina within a week of each other underscores how important a battleground our state has become. Newschannel 3's Steve Rondinaro covered both the McCain and Obama events. There was in-depth coverage when John McCain visited Wilmington. Steve went to Fayetteville Sunday, wanting to get a similar first-hand look at Barack Obama in action. Barack Obama’s soaring oratory inspires a loyal and impassioned following. At times, he assumes a preachers rhythm, sweeping the willing crowd along with him "I think the winds of change are blowing. Not just here in North Carolina, but in Virginia…," said Obama. Barack wear is high fashion at the event in Fayetteville. From t-shirts to buttons all over. There is even a Barack Obama action figure. Retired school principal, Beverly Scott, was at the event wearing Obama earrings and an Obama watch. "It's time for change," she said. Super star swooning aside, that is the Obama message that is resonating with his supporters; across racial lines and genders. Carrie Bradley of Hope Mills said, "I like with the older adults what he's going to do about health care." "I like that he's the father of young children and cares about the future. That's what it's all about, the future," said Eileen Donagh of Fayetteville. "I believe he's a man of his word. I believe he's going to do what he says he's going to do," added Fayetteville resident, Herman Gordon. Obama's early voting message is being heeded here in North Carolina and across the country. The last break-down we saw showed Democrats in the heavy majority of those who have already voted.

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How Governor Sarah Palin is superior to Senator Barak Obama in l

Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is the best future leader for this nation, not Senator Barak Obama. Our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is also would be better at leading our nation in the future after a McCain Presidency than Senator Barak Obama would be in leading our nation in the future starting in January 2009. There are great reasons our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin would be a better future leader than Senator Barak Obama. The greatest reason for our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin's is ideology. Our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is conservative in that she is pro life, marriage, guns, low taxes, low government spending, small government, unintrosive government, traditional and judeo Christian values, Bible reading and prayer in our public schools, and military spending. Senator Barak Obama is a liberal who is anti every thing that I have described that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is pro about or for. A second reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of experience. As a governor she has two years of executive administrative governing experience that Senator Barak Obama does not have. A final reason that our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin is superior is because of political accomplishments. When our soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin came to office she accomplished 3 major things which are as follows: she showed great leadership in the 3 following areas: government reform, the state budget and the economy, and wise use of natural resources. She reformed government by standing up to the big oil companies by breaking up the monopoly on power and resources. She insisted on competition and basic fairness which ended the control that the oil companies had on the state, and thereby returning control of the state back to the people. She also stood up to the special interest and lobbyist, and produced major ethics reform. She lead well in the state budget by generating a surplus which came about by vetoing a half billion dollars of wasteful spending, ending the abuses of earmark spending by congress, and by getting rid of the private jet, the chef, and the chuffer. Economically under her leadership she brought about the largest private-sector infrastructure project in North American history. She also suspended the state fuel tax, and when oil and gas prices went up dramatically, and filled up the state treasury, she sent a large share of that revenue back where it belonged - directly to the people of Alaska . On natural resources she has shown great leadership by beginning a nearly forty billion dollar natural gas pipeline to help lead America to energy independence. When the last section of the pipeline is laid and its valves are opened, will lead America one step farther away from dependence on dangerous foreign powers that do not have our interests at heart. Senator Barak Obama has done nothing, so please vote John McCain for President and give to our beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin the opportunity that she deserves leading the nation into the future after a John McCain presidency. When our soon to be Vice President does lead the nation as President after a John McCain presidency,she will be the greatest President that we have ever had. Finally she is smarter than Senator Barak Obama

beauty..... only skin deep, that is all she has going for her. "beautiful soon to be Vice President Sarah Palin" PLEASE...... wouldn't surprise me if that was the only reason you will vote for McCain cause of Palins beauty and his wife is hot. Small mind. You say she is smarter than Obama. wow That's a big NOT !!!

What is wrong with you people?

"That does involve us spreading around opportunity and it means that for people like myself, making a lot more than $250,000 a year, paying a little bit more so that the waitress who is surviving on minimum wage can put a roof over her head," Obama said. How did we get to a point where the waitress isn't responsible for putting a roof over her own head? How are wealthy people responsible for her living conditions? We're now going to punish the people who are doing it right, and reward the under-achievers. God help this country.

Part of the challenge

is that too many do not understand how wealth redistribution works. In an effort to clear the air, here is a simplistic example: "I am looking for someplace to eat lunch as I perform my job throughout the day. I park my car and notice a homeless man at the parking lot entrance. He holds a sign which reads "Vote Obama, '08 I need the money" I go inside the restaurant and notice my waiter is wearing an Obama '08 tee shirt. I order lunch; he provides exceptional service. When I go to pay my check, I tell the waiter I am going to redistribute his tip to someone who has a greater need. He is sputtering and clearly unhappy. He watches me leave the restaurant. Before I enter my car, I walk over to the homeless man and give him $3.00. He gets a puzzled look on his face; but then smiles. In summary, I took the waiter's hard earned $3.00 tip and gave it to someone who doesn't work. I made the hard working individual unhappy when the impact of wealth redistribution hit him and took his money. I made the person who does not work happy by giving him money he did not earn." I guess this wealth redistribution thing needs more amplificiation if this does not explain on a local level how it could work.


Vote for the American! Vote for McCain!


He was born in Panama. Is he really an AMERICAN?? Obama08


you could be opening a whole can of unpleasant worms for Barrack Hussein Obama, II. He's in Hawaii right now trying to suppress a court hearing. If the hearing is succesful, it will require entry of a British birth certificate for Barrach Hussein Obama, II issued by the way on his birthdate, for a child born in a hospital in the then British colony of Kenya. Do you think Obama really wants that can of worms to open up? Cause, if that birth certificate is his and is legal, he is not a US citizen. He is an illegal alien. Unlike Henry Kissinger and Arnold Schwarneger, neither of whom was born in this country or to 2 natural born US citizens, who took an oath of allegiance when they became citizens; Senator Obama has not. On the other hand, anyone with half a brain knows the natural born offspring of 2 United States citiznes is automatically a US citizen, even if born on the North Pole. That's something Senator Obama can not claim. So to answer your ridiculous question: Yes Skippy, there is a US citizen named John McCain. I'm just not certain if you are spouting off like a beached whale or deep down are a supporter of Senator McCain. Looking forward to your witty response. I hope you use fact and not bluster.

Natural Born Citizen

I'm kind of fuzzy on all my political science classes from college, but I don't beleive the constitution defines a natural born citizen. I think it has been interpreted over the years as being a citizen at birth and therefore not having to go through the "naturalization" process that immigrants go through. I don't think it has to do with the place of birth. So even if Obama or McCain were born in China, the fact that one or both of their parents were US citizens, they were automatically "natural born" citizens at birth. McCain's parents were both US citizens. Obama's mother was a US citizen. Unless there is a Supreme Court ruling I have forgotten about or am unaware of (possible - since I've been out of college a loooong time), both are natural born cizitens.


the constitution does spell out some pretty specific items anyone taking the oath of office, for President, must meet. They deal with age, length of residence in country prior to taking office, and being the off-spring of natural citizens not naturalized. Having said that, one must remember the President takes an oath of office. Part of that oath is to uphold and defend the constitution. That portion of the oath is included in the oath sworn to by anyone entering military service. Does anyone think John McCain did not think about that oath often while being held in a POW camp in North Vietnam? The President should lead by example. The last Democratic President certainly danced around, and out right lied, concerning his relationship with an intern. He lied concerning his relationship with a woman while Governor of Arkansas. And he only escaped conviction at his impeachment trial when a group of Democratic Congressmen banded together and voted that his actions did not constitue crimminal and immoral activity. But at least he had a clearly legible birth certificate. That is something Senator Obama has not presented to date. WHY? Why is that such an issue? Regardless of whether you agree with his socialistic proposals to steal from the rich and give to those who do not work, we have the right to expect him to meet the Constitutional requirements in order to be President. Frankly, his failure to comply with a simple request is clear evidence he is thumbing his nose at every citizen who has supported him. What happens, should he be succesful on November 4, when the results are sent to the Electoral College and Congress? Think major constitutional crisis. Think President Biden. Think Bull Dog Pelosi being just a heart beat away from the Presidency while a new Vice President is appointed. What is so hard about providing access to records? We're not just talking about his borth certificate. He will not authorize the hospital where he claims he was born to release his birth records. He will not allow access to his college and law school admission applications which would certainly list his nationality. If he is relying on smoke and mirros now; what happens should he be elected next week?

It doesn't matter where he

It doesn't matter where he was born. His mother was a natural born citizen. Therefore, he is too.

unfortunately, it doesn't

unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. read upon the constitutional laws and quit defending him just because you want him to win.

It doesn't matter anyway.

It doesn't matter anyway. He was born in Hawaii - this has been confirmed by an independent fact-checking organization. This born in Kenya garbage is just an internet rumor gone wild - embraced by conservative fanatics clinging to any absurd argument that could damage Obama. Why not stick to real controversies, like maybe Obama's association with Wright or Ayers? Thise are both real happenings. Or his stance on Iraq or the economy. There are many valid points for conservatives and liberals to argue about. But this birth certificate mess is just silly. According to numerous opinion polls, McCain's supporters are losing based on the issues. This leaves them with no options other than smear tactics. Pretty pitiful in my opinion.

That is exactly how it works...

If my wife (both natural born citizens) and I travel overseas while she is pregnant, and she gives birth in some foreign counrty, our child is also a natural born citizen of the U.S.

Only nut-job conspiracy

Only nut-job conspiracy theorists are giving this rumor serious consideration. If there were any credibility to this theory, the conservative Fox News would have been all over it 24 hours a day. Even the liberal mainstream media would be talking about it non-stop. This would be too big of a scandal for any news agency to ignore, regardless of their politics. As ugly as the primaries got, Hillary would have been hammering on this argument too. The McCain campaign would also be having a field day with it too, if they thought there were any truth to it. With their campaign budget, there is no way they would not have researched this issue. Even they have determined there is no truth to it at all. Apparently you guys have more dirt on Obama than the entire GOP could dig up. As the election draws nearer, and it becomes more likely that Obama will actually win, his detractors are getting desperate in their attempts to attack him.

a couple of points

1. why did he expend so much energy and supporter time in Hawaii to avoid the necessity of presenting a legible birth certificate? 2. If this were a Republican candidate, you can bet your bippy, the media would be all over it. But this is a Democrat; different set of rules. 3. Is he likely to win? Not necessarily. Thomas Dewey thought he had Harry Truam beat. Jimmy Carter thought he had Ronald Regan beat. Oil prices continue to drop. Stock market has a major rebounding. Don't buy your tux for an Obama inaugural just yet.

1. The governor of the state

1. The governor of the state of Hawaii has confirmed the fact that Obama's birth certificate is on record there. 2. At the very least, Fox News at least would have been all over this story. They unquestionably lean to the right. 3. Although I certainly am not going to say who is going to win, I believe Obama is more likely to win at this point. The polls are all giving him a victory, and they are almost always accurate. I stress almost - nothing is certain until election day. Or later than that, as the Gore/Bush Florida race showed in 2000. I don't own a tux. Wouldn't fit the Island lifestyle. (I live at Topsail Beach)

Has he

confirmed a birth certificate is on file? That is a big question. Again, Harry Truman and Ronald Regan were both "doomed" to defeat based on polls and poll taking surveys. Both won. 1948 for Harry Truman -- 60 years ago 1980 for Ronald Regan -- 28 years ago At this point, it is too early to call; and a week can make major swings in the polls. Let the market remain stable for the next few days; let oil prices drop again. That, and folks looking deep at the wealth distribution plan and the costs associated with all of the Obama campaign promises, perhaps enough voters will have an attack of smarts and vote McCain. You are correct about one thing, a tuxedo really does not fit the island life. Wear one in public after 10 in the evening and you're probably facing a breathalizer exam if driving. But that's Island life.


Yes dear I know, I was trying to be FUNNY. I know that Panama Military bases were in US control when McCain was born. Just adding to the usual bull on here to see if anyone would even notice.


try ridiculous. And aparently full of bluster. No witty, zippy response to Barrack Hussein Obama II latest woe over a birth certificate issued in the British colony of Kenya? Or hasn't the Obama campaign cleared you to comment oon such a sensitive topic?

blog rumor

If there were any real doubt that Obama was a natural born U.S. citizen it would have been vetted long before now. This says everything that needs to be said. If there were a real issue, we would be seeing it everywhere, not just in little back-water blogs that only fanatics bother to read. Do you not think that McCain's camp and Hillary's would have found out the truth by now? More rumors still floating around the internet. Phill Berg's attempt was dismissed by a federal judge this month because they were found to be "frivolous and not worthy of discussion" also they "ventured into the unreasonable." No witty Zippy today, bored of this subject frankly.

Blog Rumor

I think not Zippy. If there is no merit to this, why hasn't Senator Obama presented a clear, uncopied, easy to read original copy of his birth certificate? Why did he have to use legal "smoke and mirror" technicalities to have the lawsuit dismissed this past week; not months ago as you stated? Why does he name one hospital in Hawaii as his birth place while his half sister named another? For that matter, where are the hospital records which could clear this issue up? Why did his paternal grandmother state she was at the hospital in Africa when he was born? How could he attend school in Indonesia, during his residency there? At that time only Indonesian residents could attend Indonesian schools? Why do the Indonesian public school records list his nationality as Indonesian? Did his step-father and mother renounce his US citizenship in order for him to attend Indonesian schools? If they did that, it would have been necessary for him to return as a Naturalized Citizen. Naturalized citizens, such as the Governor of California and Henry Kissinger, are not eligible to be President. He never did that; and thus if they did renounce his US citizenship all those years ago in Indonesia, he's no longer a natural born citizen, if in fact he ever was one. It would have been necessary for him to take an oath of allegiance and a number of other things in order to become Naturalized. Sorry but that's the way the Constitution is written. Why will he not authorize the release of his college records including admission applications? Is he concerned they might confirm a nationality other than US? Zippy, I'll bet no one in the Nixon Administration thought Watergate would lead where it took our country. Of course, they were all Republicans. I wonder how long this would have remained hidden had Senator Obama been a Republican? There would have been investigative reporters from here to Africa and Indonesia. More importantly though, since this remains an "open, festering, wound" doesn't Senator Obamam owe the millions of people who support him and will likely vote for him, a final clearing of the air? Don't they, and everyone who will have to live under an Obama regime, have the right to know the person elected is absolutely, positively legally qualified to be President? Note the word LEGAL. Clearly he is not a qualified leader with years of experience leading a governemt or even being a force in the Senate who can build concensus opinions. Voting PRESENT in the Senate sure does not communicate much on how he stands on so many positions other than his "take from the hard working and give to the non-working." Huey Long tried that back in the 1930's. Got him no further than the Senate. What is so hard about this? The Constitution is pretty clear and specific on what one must be in order to be President. The Big 3: 1. Is he 35 years old or older? 2. Has he resided in this country for at least the last 14 years? 3. Is he a NATURAL BORN Citizen? What is he hiding that prevents him from providing documents as simple as a birth certificate? Will it prove he can not qualify on the basis of #-3? Zippy -- he can not have it both ways.

ho humm

This will just go on and on in the minds of those wearing the tinfoil hats... I WANT TO SEE A COPY OF McCAIN'S Birth Cerificate !! Technically HE is NOT a "natural born" citizen either. Panama even if under US control is not U.S. soil. You cant have it both ways. You can NIT PICK this all day long for both candidates. I know its irrelevant, but someone needs to dog the old man and let the word Panama confuse and daze the Minions. Here is a tag for all of your posts... "I'm John McCain and I approved this lie."


you continue to offer bluster instead of fact. You want to see Senator McCain's birth certificate, go to his website. Easy to read and understand. Are you that retarded you can not accept Senator McCain is a natural born US Citizen on the basis of 2 natural born Citizen parents and being born on the soil of a US protectorate? Sorry but those are the FACTS!! On the other hand we have Senator Obama who has one of 2 choices. 1. Present a copy of his birth certificate. 2. Spend millions of dollars in a court battle to avoid the truth. If the Democrats win on November 4, look forward to President Biden. That should be a horrifying thought. Don't forget, after November 4, the Electoral College meets and after that the results have to be ratified by the House and Senate. At some point, he's going to have to come up with a bonafide birth certificate. At the last minute, let him claim the records were lost in a fire. Go to the hospital and get copies. Release his college admission applications. Delaying tactics. Zippy, you're spouting off like a beached whale. But then maybe you can go to the airport when he boards the plane to return to this birth land after it comes to light he has no birth certificate from Hawaii, any of the other 49 states, any territory, or any protectorate. Even you can not change the facts, Zippy. To modify your logo: "I'm Barrack Hussein Obama, II and I am not a natural born citizen."

still at it

Some people will not accept fact when it slaps them in the head. Keep reading your back water blogs Tom. It must be nice to be so intellectually superior to all of us Obama supporters. Too bad it is with all your nonsense trivia.


My logo is "I am Zippy and I am NOT a natural born citizen". I was born in Europe. Seriously. Tom said:"Are you that retarded you can not accept Senator McCain is a natural born US Citizen on the basis of 2 natural born Citizen parents and being born on the soil of a US protectorate?" Yeah, re-read my posts. I KNOW that, I was making a sarcastic point. Ton said:"Release his college admission applications. Delaying tactics." WHY? You seem to think this farce has been going on all his life so why would he put anything other that Hawaii as his birth place on his college apps.? Remember this is a HUGE farce involving many people including official government entities. I HAVE NO idea what hospital my sister was born in, do you? I know a lot of people that do not have an original birth cert. issued the day of birth. They get lost. That is why you contact the state and county where you were born and get a certified COPY of it.

I don't have it out for

I don't have it out for Obama, but I think it is appropriate to ask these questions about his legal status as a citizen. People are bringing up valid points about his citizenship status while living and attending school in Indonesia, and the status of his mother's citizenship (my understanding is that her young age at the time of his birth complicates this issue). If it is on record that his grandmother has claimed that she witnessed his birth in Indonesia, that should also be investigated. Furthermore, 1). I DO know the name, city and state of the hospitals where my siblings and myself were born. 2). Official Birth Certificates are not issued on the day of birth by the hospital. You must apply for one. A birth record is given to the mother when she leaves the hospital. However you can get a birth record from the state without necessarily having to prove where the child was born (i.e. in the case of a home birth). 3). If Obama claims he was born in a Hawaiian hospital, it is most likely that there would be medical records of that birth - doctors orders, vaccination records, hospital bills, etc. It should be easy to find out if the hospital kept records from that far back.

birth certificate

Are *you* that retarded? (Nice personal slams from you BTW.)Typical. He did present a birth certificate that has been authenticated by the state of Hawaii. It has also be authenticated by a few other news and political organizations. One site has it in their hands with photos of all sides of it. Have you seen a copy of one from Kenya???????? NO. But you choose to believe it because it suits your agenda. I think there is a TON of deep seated racism here that prevents you and others from seeing the whole picture and makes it easier for you to believe all the rumors online. It justifies in your mind what you think. I was raised in the south, I am white and I will admit that in times past I have been a racist (maybe I still am). BUT I can not stand for the filth and mud slinging that has gone along with this campaign from anyone. I do research when I hear something new, I also ask myself that if any of it were true just how will it effect me and my country if B.O is president and frankly I cant see a problem. He is just a man. I cant see why you are so afraid.

You can't see a problem with Obama?

Obviously you weren't around the last time we tried this "spread the wealth" nonsense. (Wavy lines and eerie, sci-fi music as we flash back to the late Sixties) Lyndon Baines Johnson declared a "War on Poverty," and promised us "The Great Society." We saw institutions such as Welfare, Food Stamps, public housing and Medicaid come into existence under something called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Perhaps the most ridiculous aspect was the acceptance of these programs by poor Americans as some type of progress. It never dawned on them that a millionaire Texas Democrat (who routinely used "the N word" as a description of any Black) simply wanted them to stop rioting and burning down New York, Chicago, Detroit, and L.A, every time they got bored. So we placed no requirements on people whatsoever. They didn't have to go to school, they didn't have to work. They simply got to lie around Section 8 housing and pop out babies. And every time they had another baby, WE GAVE THEM MORE MONEY! We made up nonsensical rules, such as refusing to pay welfare if there was an adult male living at home. Guess why all the daddies left? Within twenty years we had tax rates bumping on seventy percent. SEVENTY!!!! Our economy was dead on its butt and mortgage interest rates were in double digits. Unemployment rates were also in double digits in some states. Within thirty years we were into destroying our third generation of poor Americans. They were totally non-functional, and could do nothing other than cash those checks we were giving them. They didn't HAVE to do anything else! Thankfully, two men with some brains changed the picture. Ronald Reagan convinced Congress to drop the tax rates by half and Bill Clinton convinced the Congress to end "welfare for life." Zippy, "spreading the wealth around" simply doesn't work. It makes the recipients lazy and dysfunctional, and it makes those who are having their wealth seized simply not bother to accumulate more wealth....or develop crafty ways to hide it. Socialism is an inherently flawed system that you are getting ready to vote into power. How can you be that irresponsible? Look at Europe, cutting benefits all over the place because the free lunches (that were never really free) started bankrupting the nations. Obama's color is no concern to me. His politics, however, are truly frightening because I have already lived through what happens to this country when Socialists start playing Santa Claus with other people's money. It doesn't work, Zippy!

Federal law says that McCain is a citizen

However, Kenya was never a U.S. Protectorate, was it? Zippy, it would be a very simple step for Obama to put all this behind him, and produce an original birth certificate. But instead, he fights the lawsuits? Fighting a lawsuit is cheaper and makes more sense than simply producing an original document? I'm telling you Zippy, something STINKS to high heaven here. You're smart enough to realize that, too. I KNOW that alarm bells are going off in your head, not just because of this issue, but because of the chasm that exists between what Obama SAYS, and how he VOTES. Who knew Janus was still alive and doing so well? If you have any integrity at all, you should vote for McCain. Do it for yourself, because you are not going to feel proud when you vote for Obama and he eventually reveals the charlatan he is.

Actually, it was just dismissed yesterday

...and for a truly frightening reason: The judge ruled that ordinary citizens have no legal standing to sue to enforce the Constitutional requirement that the president be a natural-born citizen. This isn't going away, Zippy. You may be electing a man who will never take office. Are you ready for President Biden? Better switch your vote to McCain now, to be safe.