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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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I rest my case...

See, I guess I was right. Hate and ignorance rule the McHate campaign. It's funny and sad when folks can only repeat talking points.

Why wouldn't we hate you?

All you want to do is take what is rightfully ours and give it to people who haven't earned it. We should love you for that? You think you're Robin Hood?

Glad I could make your day

Don't make assumptions. I am no fan of John McCain, but I voted for him today. I would have voted for my dog ahead of a man who proudly proclaims his intent to "spread the wealth around" and increase corporate taxes. So my opinion is not based upon McCain's talking points. It's based ENTIRELY upon Obama's voting record and what has come out of his mouth. If you worthless slugs don't want to be hated, try carrying your own weight and stop trying to steal from others.

So obviously, you are a part

So obviously, you are a part of the population making more than $250k a year. LOL. For far too long, the lower and middle class have been breaking our backs for this country and bearing the load of taxes, while the wealthy 1% lives high off the hog! It's time to stop! If I were making $750k/year, and Joe Shmoe is making $50k/year, then I should be making more tax payments! It's only fair.

What in the world is "fair"...

...about taking money from Mister Smith and giving it to Mister Jones? That's not fair: That's STEALING. And how does that mesh with our Constitutional guarantee to provide "equal protection in the law?" "Bearing the load of taxes???" What a joke! Let's check with the IRS and review once again exactly who is paying the taxes in this country already: The top 5% of earners (those making over $153k) already pay over 60% of personal income taxes. The top 50% of earners (those making approximately $32k) pay slightly over 97% of the personal income taxes collected. That means that the bottom 50% of wage earners in this country are paying less than 3% of the taxes..... ...and you want the wealthy to pay MORE? YOU are bearing the burden???? Don't make me laugh! Who do you think fuels economic growth in this country? Who do you think is doing the hiring? Who do you think is providing capital for corporations to develop new products? To retool that aging assembly line? To try drilling where no one else has drilled before? Every dollar you take away from Mister Smith is one less dollar that he can invest in this country. It's one dollar's LESS chance that Mister Jones will get hired by a growing business. Since most of you Obam-inations have the Economics knowledge of a rather slow parakeet, here's a bit of info that occupied some of my time in my previous career. One of the reasons that Communism collapsed was that the GDP could never grow because of two anchors hopelessly dragging it down: The number of people in government service (producing nothing), and the number of people who simply had nothing to do beyond receiving their government stipend and getting drunk. Unless you have a robust sector producing goods and services the nation dies. Don't worry about the natural ebb and flow of Capitalism. The recession we're likely entering may be deep, but it will be nothing like the permanent depression we enter when the malaise of Socialism takes hold. Of course, Marx and Engles had some lofty ideals. They simply wanted top "spread the wealth around." (Sound familiar?) Mister Smith EARNED his money, and you have no right to it. If you want to better your life, get up off your butt and work harder, work smarter, come up with a new, great idea, capitalize on some God-given talent you have.....just do SOMTHING, because if you wait around for the government to make your life better, you'll be sorely disappointed.

your opinion

"Since most of you Obam-inations have the Economics knowledge of a rather slow parakeet," Really? I know many people voting for him that are educated college grads. People from 23-78. You seem to know so much. Hummm BTW: My parakeet says 50 or so words and could probably write a post better than you.

First, just because they'e college grads...

...doesn't mean they know anything about Economics. I've heard that in some colleges, it's not even a required core course any more. Second, there are no shortage of college graduates voting for Obama. They are the Saps and Socialists of The Four S's. They either feel guilty when they make good money, or truly believe that their money should be everyone's money. (Up to a point - as we can see from the lifestyles of the Soviet Politburo members, Hugo Chavez, and Barack Obama, they want to make sure they keep enough to live better than the great unwashed masses they keep beating the drum for.) Finally, it is absolutely ludicrous to claim that your parakeet could write a better post than I. I understand that as one of The Four S's you may not LIKE my message, but you cannot attack my presentation. I detect a crack in your otherwise calm demeanor. BTW, just to make sure that I fulfill your worst fears, while I have no way of knowing how many converts I win on these boards, off the board I have convinced no less than five people to switch their vote to McCain....and I don't even like him! Ol' CS is doing all he can to slow the move to Socialism.

dont like McCain

Don't like Obama, but you voted for McCain anyway. There was another option~ Bob Barr!!! Who the heck is he? I guess they have to have someone else to vote for when you don't like either the Dem or Rep. You still voted for McCain, so really you do like him, well dislike him less than Obama. Either way we are up the creek. As for your 4-S's, I have a 4-F's list that all apply to you but sadly I can not post it on here. I have to go now my parakeet is requesting his time online.

I like Bob Barr....

...but not enough to hand the White House to Comrade Obama and his Socialist mob by dilluting the McCain vote. He was a Republican Congressman from Georgia who, like many of us, could not believe what has happened in the past five years to the Republican Party. He has a lot of good ideas outside his ideas for foreign relations and defense. He's a bit too "Ron Paul-ish" in those areas. You are correct that I dislike McCain far less than I dislike Obama. McCain is not trying to steal from me. Four F's......hmmmm...Frugal, Fiscally conservative, Freedom-loving Financial wizard? Why thank you, Zippy!

ok

You are welcome.

Glad I could make your day.

> If you worthless slugs don't want to be hated, try carrying your own weight and stop trying to steal from others. > Well if thats not an assumption I don't know what is. Besides being ignorant it's just a stupid thing to say. For one thing I won't get anymore tax money back from the Obama's tax plan. I do however think about the people out there that are making say 40,000 for a family of four and I think that If I need to pay a little more tax so that they can have a " little " bit more, then its the Christian thing to do. Thats not a slug !! thats your family or your friends. And you know what that could also be you. Lets hope for your sake it won't be.

To Anne, Absolutely love

To Anne, Absolutely love your comments on here!! It is the Christian thing to do!

Another of the Four S's chimes in!

You DO realize that if you want laws to advance your personal religious beliefs rather than protect individual rights under the Constitution you are basically putting yourself on par with the Taliban, dob't you? ...and you wonder why we hold you in the same regard as we hold the Taliban?

HOLD the phone there buddy

If you want to give those folks behind you "a little bit more" then write a check to the charity of your choice. That would be the Christian thing to do. The only hand out that I want is the one at the end of my arm. I want you to keep your money and I want to keep mine. And if I have any left over, I will either save it or make a donation to support a worthy cause OF MY CHOICE. This election is about choice. You either choose to have the freedom to make your own decisions or your choose to give the government the right to make them for you. So with that theory in play, the lazy (oh... somebody please tell me what to do so I don't have to worry about it or think about it or plan for my future) will benefit from an Obama Presidency and the folks that work hard and are successful will be the funders of the "new welfare system".

Well Anne

instead of the goverment forcing you to "help them" why not go over to the family of four and personally give them money. Thats what the majority of us Christians and conservatives do right now without any goverment intrusion. And while your there remind them to either get another job to bring in more income or stop living beyond their income level.

Oh, BOO-HOO!

Buy a clue, lady. If they only make $40,000, why do they have four kids? Why should I subsidize their reproductive recklessness? Their kids need to grow up poor. Get this through your head - we live in a secular society. Laws are not supposed to be based on "the Christian thing to do." They're supposed to be in accordance with our Constitution, and there is nothing in the Constitution that authorizes a Socialist redistribution of wealth. Indeed, the Fourteenth Amendment promises "equal protection of the laws." How is Obama taking money away from me and giving it to someone else "equal protection?"

40?

If they can not live comfortably on 40K they need classes on how to use money wisely. I have lived very well off 40K in the past with 3 people to support. I bet these people have lived and spent way beyond their means trying to please their 4 offspring. Teaching a child the value of money is highly important. I bet they all have cellphones and a big HD TV in their trailer. 40K is a good salary for most people that know how to budget.

No sense at all

I read your posts on here and i can tell you are a rich hater who want to keep the poor man down and you are scared because Barack Obama will take away you money and give it to those who need it. When you have no way to pay the electric bill and the childern need coats and books for school and no way to buy presents with christmas coming. Your day is over the least shall be on top with a BLACK man in the WHITE house and the fist shall be last. Then when you die because you lose your money you will have to answer for all your wicked sins against us and the devil will laugh as he drag you down. Obama will make things right for us and finally we will get what is long overdo.

shhhhh

Proudwoman. Poor people are poor because they failed at life. Underachievers do not do well in the working world and there are a TON of you/them. I know there are many poor people that have hit problems along the way with injuries, sickness etc. but most of them are just to lazy or dumb to get where they need to be. Obama is NOT going to GIVE you jack. What he will do is put in place work/education opportunities for you and your brethren to get off your butts and do something......LIKE HE DID. May put limits on the amount of illegitimate babies you can get a check for...You think a man that has worked HARD to make his way into the white house has sympathy for lazy welfare leaches you have another thing coming. If you had an education you might just understand what is really going on in the world. Pull up your boot straps Hon, you are in for a tough ride. BTW: I am not a rich hater, I hate everyone equally.

Let me guess....

...Blue Hippo computer, right? I already have my tax shelters ready for a big increase when the redistribution starts. So don't plan on buying that HDTV with my money.

Work

At one time if you didn't work in this country, you didn't eat. Maybe its about time, literally, to go back to that.

No sense at all, correct!

If those that need MY money really need it, they should come cut my grass, paint my house, clean my gutters or some other work to earn MY money. Your poor life choices to have children you can't afford, want to have the credit card Christmas and no responsibility shouldn't have a bearing on my life and my choices.

You're never going to win this argument

these folks are not on your intellectual level. Go figure. Here's how it works. If you're on entitlement programs and public assisstance, your "bennies" are based on the number of youngsters in your household under the age of 18. As they age out, add new ones to maintain a constant income level from entitlements and public assistance. Free health care removes any concern about the initial costs of parenthood. Go to one of the clinics and take a look. I have; it's a disgrace. When you see a Mother with 3 or 4 youngsters under the age of 5 in tow, you know we have a problem. When you see so many "families" which need an interperter as they do not speak English, you know we have a problem. Any doubts about that, just go back to 1898 and remember what happened in Wilmington. Unfortunately, some folks can not handle the truth. You use logic and facts. They use mindless rhetoric.

Common & Tom

Again YOUR opinion. Just because it is YOUR opinion does not make it correct (to me). I use facts as well but they are not correct in your mind frame so you think they are rhetoric. I am outnumbered here. Guess Nov 4th we will see. Believe it or not everyone voting for Obama is not a socialist moron.

Thanks for the compliment, Tom

..and the same back at you. I appreciate your efforts to raise the average IQ on these boards.

I rest my case

Inmytree. I've just given up on these people. You just can't talk to them without being called a " Liberal " ... For one thing the hate here is so deep rooted that it won't change for many years. The thing I find really interesting is how they think they are raising their children to be the same, but behind the parents backs these kids don't feel the same way. My daughter has 6 friends that all have racist parents. Funny thing is all 6 girls date African American boys behind the parents backs and are voting for Obama they have told my daughter and myself they are just afraid of what the parents would say and think if they knew the truth. They just lie instead of being outcast by their own families. As far as the person that made the comment about sending all the " Yankee's " home. My husband works at the local paper mill and most of his white collar male Friends are also voting for Obama. I'm tired of being called unpatriotic for not voting for McCain or Palin. I don't think the Bible should come into it when you speak about Palin she has to be one of the biggest hypocrites I have ever seen. She calls herself an Evangelical Christian but I have my doubts. Oh and I was born here in this great state, I'm a republican white female Christian and I'm voting for Obama. No I didn't drink the cool-aid. No I'm not on drugs. I just woke up and stopped listening to Sean Hannity like he was God speaking the truth and seen him for what he is. A very rich Yankee who doesn't give a crap about the working class. Oh and when McCain says NO TAX. What do you call it when he taxes your health care. Clue...... It starts with T and ends with X Oh and that's not 5% of the Country that is 100% of the Country.... Signed........ Southern White Female that is proud of my Country and my State and Proud to be voting for Obama and Biden. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE INSULTS AND HATE I GET BACK !!!!!!!!!

I'm not going to send you

I'm not going to send you hate mail....I'm just going to make a point. Joe Biden, Obama's running mate, is even trying to tell us that he will screw the american middle class. His own running mate doesn't trust him? are you kidding me? Now you're probably thinking "well why doesn't he just come out and say it?" Because he still wants to be VP. He didn't get to where he is by being stupid. Very Liberal, but not stupid. Now, how can I trust a man whose own running mate, that is supposed to be backing him, doesn't? I can't and you can't blame me. Not voting for obama has nothing to do with race. I'm not anti-black, I'm anti-stupid. I'm allergic to it. Instead of voting for the democratic or republican party, why don't we vote for the American party? you know, the one that used to exist for the good of all citizens? The truth is both of the se guys make over 250,000 dollars a year. Do you honestly think Obama would raise taxes on himself? 'Little hitler' is a socialist, but he is not stupid.

Who am

I to judge...but based on the fact that you now state you back a man that is for murdering innocent children...I have my doubts on your beliefs in God. If you do believe that and you are truly a Christian...God just shed a tear for you! I cannot vote for a man that wants to "spread the wealth". WHY should my hard earned money go to other individuals not willing to work? Why should I pay for health insurance for someone else? SOCIALISM IS BAD... Are you really this naive? WHO do you think will pay for the increase taxes to small business and the rich? They will roll that up and hand it to you in an increase in goods package! They aren't going to pay for it...WE WILL...

I rest my case

Who cares where your husband works, and who his coworkers vote for? America is a free country, and we are all allowed to have our own ideas. Certainly you like Obama's ideas, so vote for him, but don't try to tell everyone else how to vote, or that your and your husband and his "white collar male friends'" votes are better. Do you know anything about Sean Hanitty's background? Did you know that his grandparents were immigrants from Ireland? Did you know that he worked as a construction worker, then as a bartender? Did you know that he dropped out of college because he didn't have money enough to finish? Maybe you should read his biography information and start listening to GOD instead of people you refer to "as God". You say you are a "Christian", does that mean you are a born-again believer, or simply "christian" as opposed to Jewish or otherwise? Sarah Palin walks the talk she talks as well as talks the talk she talks, so how on earth does that make her a hypocrite? She says she "is a Bible-believing Christian with deeply religious convictions", how does that make her a hypocrite? You are nobody to be judging anyone else. Have you actually read John McCain's Healthcare Reform? We will ALL get a $5,000 TAX CREDIT- read it for yourself instead of relying on the far left media to give you what you think are the facts. Go to JohnMcCain.com and read the details. It even shows you a graph so that you can understand it. If you want to know what "unpatriotic" is, go to the video and the pictures showing the Pledge of Allegiance to our flag, and Obama NOT saying it. Is that who you want to be the President of the United States of America? "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". If he won't say the pledge, the very pledge of allegiance to THE COUNTRY, read it- the flag of the U.S. AND to the republic for which it (the flag) stands..." why should he even be allowed to run for the leader of this country? If his religious convictions are such that he doesn't believe in God, then the First Amendment gives him the right to not believe and not to say the word "god". Fine, then he should say the pledge WITHOUT using that word. If you are so satisfied with who you are voting for, why do you care so much about what other people call you? The problem with this area is that most people who live here are more concerned with what other people think, and guess what? If you knew just how little people think of you, you'd be surprised.

You're not unpatriotic

The Four S's. Saps - those who believe that they have an obligation to share their money with society as a whole, or let the government decide how to distribute it. "It's not my money, it's OUR money." These are the same people who send their kids to public school because they want them to meet all sorts of people, instead of getting them the best education money can buy to prepare them for success in life. They truly believe that we'll be energy independent in an Obama campaign, when some magical fairy dust will be invented to use in place of gasoline. (Identifying feature - Obama sign in front of multi-million dollar McMansion on Bald Eagle Lane or Figure Eight Island) Simpletons - these are people who can't be bothered to look up a voting record or learn the difference between a capital gain and a salary, but can recite eighty percent of Homer Simpson's quotes and have a cool midget car with a loud exhaust system. They like Obama because he said he was going to give them something...isn't he? (Identifying features - Anti-Bush bumper sticker and something about Bob Marley on that loud midget car) Socialists - To the true believers, the greatest trauma they have ever suffered is the collapse of the Soviet Union. They believe that Marxism could work if we only give it a bit more than the seventy-five years the Soviets tried. Yes, they lost their mentor, but they haven't lost their desire to destroy America and the American way of life. They want to re-create that government mandated Utopian paradise so near and dear to Nikita and Fidel. "Windfall profits? Let's just seize the oil companies!" (Identifying feature - Obama sign in front of home in the Historic District) Sc**bags - C'mon, admit it! If you lived in Section 8 housing for the past fifteen years, had four kids from three different fathers, and just love going shopping when the food vouchers arrive, wouldn't YOU vote for Obama? Even though he vacations on a private beach and stays at a four-million dollar beach house, "He's just like me and feels my pain." (Identifying feature - positive pregnancy test) The sad fact is that the democracy many of us fought so hard to preserve will collapse once The Four S's gain 51% of the voting power. Oh, it won't collapse next year, or the year after, but the way this country is moving shows that the eventual collapse isn't that far in the future. It will likely happen in our children or grandchildren's life. Socialism is like rot - it moves slowly, but it eventually destroys everything. So no, I don't believe that you're unpatriotic....but you're definitely one of The Four S's.