13 July 2008

The Fantastic 5


Good afternoon World from southwestern Pennsylvania, U.S.A., where politics has been anything but boring. Now, I know a lot of people depend on their political news from CNN, and the major networks, who are trying their hand at propaganda to convince voters that there are only 2 contestants in this U.S. Presidential race of 2008, when in actuality, there are 5 major candidates, according to 'Project Vote Smart' at http://www.votesmart.org/election_president.php:

Now, you would think that a U.S. President would be decided by U.S. citizens. If this is the case, why is Barack H. Obama campaigning in Europe just a few months before the Presidential election?

Notice also that Barack H. Obama has gotten a tremendous amount of money from contributions over the internet. Do you honestly believe that all these contributions came from U.S. registered voters during a time of economic crisis in our country? Remember, other countries are prospering now, at the expense of the United States, and they have the money to donate to U.S. Presidential candidates.

Will the next President of the United States work for U.S. citizens, or will he serve Kenya, Israel, Germany, England, Mexico, or some other country?

Personally, I will be voting for a man I believe will have the United States' best interest at heart. I will be voting in someone who I believe actually loves this country.

Contrary to what I have heard people from Europe and Mexico say, the United States is more than a place where people come to make money, and then take that money back to their country of origin. This is my home.

I love the United States of America. I want the next President of the United States to feel that way also, not just spout it on television commercials. U.S. voters are not cattle to be herded. We have hearts & minds. We have questions. We want answers. Not propaganda.

So please research all 5 candidates, and decide for yourself who would be best for you and your family. Don't let the media and foreigners decide for you. Ask questions. Demand honest answers.

Hopefully, with God's grace, we will all get through this Presidential election with our sanity in tact.

24 February 2008

End of an Error...Or is it?



It seems a lot of people are calling for "change" & "unite America". Have people forgotten in only 7 years, George W. Bush ran on the same platform? George W. Bush declared we needed change, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush declared that he would unite the United States, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush ran on charisma, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush is a junior (named after his father), just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush was able to raise of lot of money for his campaign, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush is Evangelical, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush has 2 daughters, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. George W. Bush had accomplished absolutely nothing legislatively before becoming President, just like Senator Barack Hussein OBama. So where is the change?

As a matter of fact, Senator Barack Hussein OBama called Dick Cheney his cousin. Dick Cheney is our Vice President who sent us to Iraq, and who is making millions of dollars along with Halliburton in Iraq. So again, where is the change?

I hear on news reports, countries like Ireland & Israel supporting Senator Barack Hussein OBama. Why do we care whom citizens of other countries want us to have for President? Do they ask us during their elections? No. Of course not. They vote for whom they believe will be best for their country, not ours. So why should we care whom other countries choose as our President. Oh...that is right...MONEY. Our Presidential campaigns are determined by money. And there is no stipulation on where the money comes from. So people in countries like Ireland & Israel can send money to candidates they like for U.S. President via the internet, which greatly influences our Presidential race.

It is time we, the citizens of the United States, take back our own country.

It is bad enough that countries like England come over here and have a hostile take-over of American companies...companies we depend on like Columbia Gas (our gas company that supplies & delivers our heating oil), and then they decide they need to raise our gas prices by 11% so they can make a profit.

It is bad enough that the dollar has plummetted, so European investors can buy up interest in American companies.

Now, the world influences our elections because they can fund candidates. The internet has made it very simple. And yes, money means everything in a Presidential election. Think about it...We hear about the Republican & Democratic parties because they are well funded. They have the money to be heard.

What about our less wealthy Presidential candidates?

Here is a list from Project Vote Smart at http://www.votesmart.org/election_president_search.php?type=alpha:


Stephen
Adams

Independent

Donald Kenneth
Allen

Independent

Thomas Wayne
Allen

Other

Yul L.
Anderson

None

Jose Miguel
Aparicio

Independence

Blake
Ashby

Independent

Richard Steven
Atkins

None

Daniel Avery
Bacon

Independent

Jared Arlen
Ball

Green Party

Jon Jay
Banks

Libertarian

Terry Lee
Barkdull

Unknown

Michael W.
Bay

Other

William David
Beadles

Citizen's

Carl Durantye
Belle

Independent

William F.
Berg

Independent

Sheila
Bilyeu

Independent

David Michael
Bishop

Other

Greg
Black

Independent

John Douglas
Blyth

Independent

Christopher David
Borcik

Independent

Matthew Jay
Borman

American

Jeffrey Harlan
Boss

Independent

Jacques Yves
Boulerice

Native American

John Taylor
Bowles

Other

J.
Boydston

Constitution

Jeffrey Earl
Brown

Independent

Dan Byron
Canfield

None

Myrtle Charlotte
Carlyle

None

Jerry Leon
Carroll

Other

James Harlin
Carter

Other

Janice Marie
Chase

Other

Jeanne
Chebib

Unknown

Liza Dawn
Cherricks

Independent

Richard H.
Clark

Independent

Todd Marvin
Clayton

Constitution

Michael James
Cortney

Independent

Eric Leland
Creviston

Unknown

Claire Elisabeth Fields
Cruise

Independent

HRM Caesar St Augustine De
Buonaparte

Other

Michael Christopher
Dutcher

Independent

Earnest Lee
Easton

Independent

Max
Englerius

Other

Clarita
Fazzari

Independent

Bennie Lee
Ferguson

Independent

Richard Earl
Fleharty

Independent
Elizabeth Mason
Frothingham


Ida Cecilia
Garza

Independent

Mark Blair
Graham

Unknown

Jon A. Greenspon
No
Party Affiliation

Jackson Kirk
Grimes

United Fascist Union

William Long
Hale

Independent

Albert
Hamburg

Independent

Dennis M.
Hanaghan

Independent

Curtis
Hayward

Independent

John Robert
Henry

Independent

Samuel B.
Hoff

Independent

Daniel J.
Imperato

Independent, Libertarian

William Michael
Ingram

Independent

Robert Garrison
Jackson

Libertarian

Michael Paul
Jingozian

Libertarian

Stanton T.
Jolley

Independent

Arnold Matthew
Jones

Independent

Robert Coleman
Jorgensen

Other

Daniel Melzine
Kingery

None

David Allen
Koch

None

Steve W.
Kubby

Libertarian

Christopher
Lafontaine

Unknown

God Johan Josephe
Lally

Other

Jared Benjamin
Lee

Independent

Kip
Lee

Libertarian

Joseph Felix
Leonaitis

Independent

Robert
Locke

Constitution

Bradley K.
Lord-Leutwyler

None

Steven Douglas
Mabey

Unknown

Mike Benjamin
Martisko

Other

Joseph
Martyniuk

Independent

James Hatton
McCall

Independent
Laura Jane
McCumber


Frank Edward
McEnulty

None

Megally Z.
Megally

Independent

Kent Philip
Mesplay

Green Party

John Glenn Barry
Metcalf

Other

Andy Clown
Miannay

Independent

Joseph C.
Miechowicz

Independent

Hubert Billy
Miles

None

Robert W.
Milnes

Libertarian

Omar Jones
Monahan

None

Brian Joseph
Moran

Other

George C.
Nelson

Other

Robert Sherman
Nix

Unknown

Sandra Queen
Noble

None

John Stuart
Nolan

Unknown

Lawrence Anthony
Obern

Unknown

William John
Ohlsen

Independent

Jeffrey Charles
Petkevicius

Independent

George David Joseph
Phillies

Libertarian

Matthew D.
Pinnavaia

Other

Deshon
Porter

Independent

Samuel Lyndell
Powell

Independent

James John
Prattas

Independent

Madison Augustine
Primus

Other

Mark Shane
Robinson

Other

Ralph Marshall
Robinson

Independent

Paul Russell
Rosenberger

Unknown

Gary W.
Ruff

Independent

Cameron
Sadovsky

Independent

Joseph Charles
Schriner

None

Larry Joseph
Schuetter

Other

Jonathon
Sharkey

Independent

Christine
Smith

Libertarian

Douglas
Stanhope

Libertarian

Michael
Sugerman

Independent

Kat Swift
Green
Party

Charles Joseph Leo
Symonds

Unknown

Edward Anthony
Szynalski

Independent

Nanci Jean
Taylor

Independent

Bruce Calvin
Trask

Reform

Da Vid
The Light
Party

Hugh
Wallace

Independent

Lanakila
Washington

Independent

James Louis Dezort
Watchman

Independent

Thomas
Wells

Other

Ruth Bryant
White

Independent

Daniel E.
Williams

Libertarian

Jomo K. Manual
Williams

Other

Kelcey Brian
Wilson

Other

Robert B.
Winn

Independent

Frank
Zilaitis

None


Now, to be fair, money is not a new concept in politics. After all, our founding fathers believed that the average man was not intelligent enough to vote, and women were not allowed to vote at all. The only men that were allowed to vote were land owners...which meant men with money.

Today, women have the privilege to vote along with men, and no one has to take a reading test anymore before being allowed to vote. But not every citizen is allowed to vote in the United States. To vote, a person has to have an address. We have many homeless in the United States who are not allowed to vote simply because they do not have an address. So they are not counted. With returning vets; people losing their homes from natural disasters & the mortgage scam; people losing their jobs through no fault of their own because companies outsource to China, Mexico, India, and other countries; people not being able to get new jobs because of the power of the credit industry here, where credit scores can prevent a person from getting hired; there are many people becoming homeless in our country every day. And these citizens of the United States will not be allowed to vote.

Yet, people from other countries will have influence in our elections.

Lets start will Nigeria. Barack Hussein OBama's father was born & raised in Nigeria. By international law, this gives Barack Hussein OBama a duel citizenship. Of course Nigeria will help to fund OBama's campaign. After all, OBama has a stake in Nigeria as well as the United States, so he will want Nigeria to do well. Here is the CIA's site on Nigeria: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni.html

Now, according to the CIA website,
Joint Border Commission with Cameroon reviewed 2002 ICJ ruling on the entire
boundary and bilaterally resolved differences, including June 2006 Greentree
Agreement that immediately cedes sovereignty of the Bakassi Peninsula to
Cameroon with a phase-out of Nigerian control within two years while resolving
patriation issues; the ICJ ruled on an equidistance settlement of
Cameroon-Equatorial Guinea-Nigeria maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea, but
imprecisely defined coordinates in the ICJ decision and a sovereignty dispute
between Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon over an island at the mouth of the Ntem
River all contribute to the delay in implementation; only Nigeria and Cameroon
have heeded the Lake Chad Commission's admonition to ratify the delimitation
treaty which also includes the Chad-Niger and Niger-Nigeria boundaries
Having a father who was born and raised in Nigeria, and legally allowed to be citizen of Nigeria via international law, which side of this dispute do you believe OBama will take?

In all fairness, OBama is not the only Presidential candidate allowed a duel citizenship via international law. Senator John McCain was born in Panama. Even though the land was owned by the U.S. at the time, it is now part of Panama, and Panama could claim him.

So much for Democracy. We live in a country where some of our own citizens have no vote, yet we give voice to people of other nations who have the money to influence our elections. How democratic is that?

16 February 2008

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton



Still dealing with the flu for after a week, I sincerely hope all of you are feeling much better than I.



Yesterday was Valentine's Day here, & I hope you all had a wonderful celebration.



Our Valentine's Day. started at 4 a.m., since my husband had to be at University of Pittsburgh Center Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital by 6:30 for a 7:30 a.m. colonoscopy (which I highly recommend everyone have, as many of you already know about my husband's best man dying 3 days before we were scheduled to be married, died of colon cancer).



The drive, which normally takes 45 minutes, took us 75 minutes, with 15 minutes just to scrape off the ice from the car windshield.



Dr. McGrath was really wonderful, and after 55 minutes of examining my husband, let us know that he was able to examine 98% of my husband's colon, since he could not get to the other 2 percent, because my husband has what is known as a "floppy colon". My husband and I had never heard of afloppy colon before, so we looked it up on the internet. Turns out that a floppy colon is a birth defect that usually does not show up until later. The colon is not firmly attached to the abdomenal wall, so it can "flop" or twist.



My husband joked that he was going to ask Dr. McGrath if he (my husband) would get flowers afterwards (since it was Valentine's day & he was having the procedure done).



That afternoon, my husband was feeling terrific, while I was miserable with chest congestion, sinus congestion, sore throat, 101.1 degree fever. So my husband cooked me a Valentine's Day dinner of steak, baked potato, fried corn balls.


O.K....now on to politics like I promised last post...



I have noticed that many Republicans already concider McCain the Republican primary winner, so they have/are registering Democratic, so they can make sure their issues have the best chance of winning. I honestly believe that this is why there is a sudden surge in new people registering Democrat & voting for OBama. Quite simply, between OBama & Clinton, I honestly believe that McCain has the better chance of beating OBama.



Now, about Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton:



According to Clinton's campaign site at http://facts.hillaryhub.com/, Clinton accuses OBama of making false remarks about her, and gives her point of view.



According to Project Vote Smart at http://www.votesmart.org/bio.php?can_id=55463, here is information on Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton:



Current Office: U.S. Senate

Current District: Junior Seat



Office Seeking: President



First Elected: 2000



Last Elected: 11/07/2006



Next Election: 2012



Party: Democratic



Gender: Female



Family:


  • Husband: William
  • 1 Child: Chelsea.




Birth Date: 10/26/1947



Birthplace: Chicago, IL



Home City: Chappaqua, NY



Religion: Methodist



Education:


  • JD, Yale University, 1973
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1969.




Professional Experience:


  • Attorney, Rose Law Firm, 1976-1992
  • Faculty, University of Arkansas Law School, 1975
  • Author
  • Former Staff Attorney, Children's Defense Fund.




Political Experience:


  • Candidate, United States President, 2008
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2000-present
  • First Lady, President Bill Clinton, 1992-2000
  • First Lady, State of Arkansas, 1978-1980, 1982-1992.




Organizations:


  • Co-Founder, Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families
  • Board Member, Arkansas Children's Hospital
  • Board Member, Children's Defense Fund
  • Board Member, La Farge
  • Board Member, The Country's Best Yogurt Company
  • Board Member, Wal-Mart.




Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees:


  • American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession
  • Chair, Arkansas Educational Standards Committee
  • Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
  • Co-Chair, Congressional E-911 Caucus
  • Democratic Policy Committee
  • Democratic Technology and Communications Committee
  • Board Member, Legal Services Corporation
  • Senate National Guard Caucus
  • Senate Rural Health CaucusSenate Steel Caucus
  • Chair, Steering and Coordination Committee
  • Chair, Task Force of National Health Care Reform.




Committees:


13 February 2008

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.


Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton

John Sidney McCain, III

Michael Dale Huckabee
These are the 4 presidential candidates for 2008 that are still left in the Democratic & Republican primaries, with Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. & Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton competing for the Democratic bid while John Sidney McCain, III & Michael Dale Huckabee competing for the Republican bid.
These 4 job applicants are interviewing for one of the most important positions in the United States, Commander-in-Cheif. We, the citizens of the United States, are the employers who need to decide which applicant to hire.
Many employers look at resumes, credit history, criminal record, background check. So for one of the most important jobs in the U.S., we shouldn't do any less.
So lets take a thorough look at each job applicant.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Barack Hussein OBama, Jr.:
Current Office: U.S. Senate
Current District: Junior Seat
Office Seeking: President (Announced, General)
First Elected: 11/02/2004
Last Elected: 11/02/2004
Next Election: 2010
Party: Democratic
Astrological Sign: Leo

Awards:

  • Best Spoken Word Album, Grammy Award, 2006
  • Chairman's Award, National Association for the Advancement Colored People, 2005
  • 100 most influential people in the world, Time Magazine, 2005
  • 10 people who will change the world, New Statesman, 2005
  • Harold Blake Walker Award, Christopher House, 2005
  • Rock the Nation Award, Rock the Vote, 2005
  • Outstanding Legislator Award, Campaign for Better Health Care and Illinois Primary Health Care Association, 1998
  • Best Freshman Legislator Award, Independent Voters of Illinois, 1997
  • Monarch Award for Outstanding Public Service, 1994
  • “40 Under 40” Award, Crain's Chicago Business, 1993.
Current Car:
  • Ford Escape hybrid
  • Chrysler 300C.
Date of Wedding Anniversary: 1992.
Father's Name: Barack Obama, Sr. (deceased).
Favorite Book:
  • The Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
  • Moby Dick
  • Shakespeare's Tragedies
  • Parting the Waters
  • Gilead, by Robinson
  • Self-Reliance by Emerson
  • The Bible
  • Lincoln's Collected Writings.
Favorite Food: (to cook) Chili.
Favorite Movie:
  • Casablanca
  • Godfather I and II
  • Lawrence of Arabia
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Favorite Musician:
  • Miles Davis
  • John Coltrane
  • Bob Dylan
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Johann Sebastian Bach (cello suites)
  • The Fugees.
Favorite Quote: "The Arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." Martin Luther King.
Favorite Sport: Basketball.
Favorite TV Shows:
  • Sportscenter
  • C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network).
Hobbies or Special Talents:
  • Basketball
  • writing
  • loafing with kids.
Mother's Name: Ann Dunham (deceased).
Personal Hero and Why:
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Pablo Picasso
  • John Coltrane.
Pets (include names): None.
Publications:
  • "Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance" (1995)
  • "The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream" (2006)
  • "It Takes a Nation: How Strangers Became Family in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina" (2006).
Gender: Male
Family:
  • Wife: Michelle
  • 2 Children: Malia, Sasha.
Birth Date: 08/04/1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, HI
Home City: Chicago, IL
Religion: United Church of Christ
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1991
  • BA, Columbia University, 1983
  • Attended, Occidental College.
Professional Experience:
  • Attorney
  • Lecturer.
Political Experience:
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2005-present
  • Keynote Speaker, 2004 Democratic National Convention
  • Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004.
Organizations:
  • Member, Trinity United Church of Christ, present
  • Center for Neighborhood and Technology
  • Chicago Annenberg Challenge
  • Cook County Bar
  • Cook County Bar Association Community Law Project
  • President, Harvard Law Review
  • Board Member, Joyce Foundation
  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
  • Leadership for Quality Education
  • Board Member, Woods Fund of Chicago.
Committees:
Senator Barack H. Obama Jr. repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart Vote Smart staff.
2003-2008 Fundraising:
Raised:
$103,903,553
Spent:
$85,571,464
Cash on Hand:
$18,848,240
Debts:
$792,681
Last report:
December 31, 2007

2003-2008 Source of Funds

Individual contributions
$102,126,891
(98.3%)
PAC contributions
$8,840
(0.0%)
Candidate self-financing
$0

Other
$1,767,822
(1.7%)

2003-2008 PAC Contribution Breakdown

Business
$666,153
(54.4%)
Labor
$286,400
(23.4%)
Ideological/Single Issue
$271,494
(22.2%)

How complete are this candidate's 2003-2008 campaign finance reports?


Full Disclosure
$66,406,801
(86.2%)
Incomplete
$2,451,146
(3.2%)
No Disclosure
$8,169,719
(10.6%)
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the National Trust for Historic Preservation 100 percent in 2005.

Budget, Spending and Taxes
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Americans for Tax Reform 15 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
FreedomWorks 25 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Taxpayers Union 16 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Citizens for Tax Justice 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Tax Limitation Committee 8 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Americans for Tax Reform 0 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
FreedomWorks 6 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Taxpayers Union 6 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Taxpayers for Common Sense 40 percent in 2005.
2001-2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Taxpayers United of Illinois 10 percent in 2001-2002.
1999 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Taxpayers United of Illinois 0 percent in 1999.

Business and Consumers

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Business-Industry Political Action Committee 10 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Government Contractors 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association 92 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 55 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Forest and Paper Association 42 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Associated General Contractors of America 62 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Warehouse Logistics Association 25 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Manufacturers 16 percent in 2005-2006. The following ratings indicate the degree that each elected official supported the interests of the organization in that year.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Electrical Contractors Association 67 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Federation of Independent Business 12 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Restaurant Association 38 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Retail Federation 17 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Small Business Association 28 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association 40 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Public Citizen's Congress Watch 69 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Business-Industry Political Action Committee 15 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Sleep Products Association 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Maryland Business for Responsive Government 23 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Federation of Independent Business 17 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council 9 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 39 percent in 2005.
2003 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Prosperity Project 12 percent in 2003.
2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Chamber of Commerce 39 percent in 2002.
2001-2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois National Federation of Independent Business 29 percent in 2001-2002.
2001-2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Prosperity Project 67 percent in 2001-2002.
1999-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 100 percent in 1999-2006.
1999-2000 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois National Federation of Independent Business 40 percent in 1999-2000.

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Americans United for the Separation of Church and State 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Association of Community Organization for Reform Now 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 93 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Civil Liberties Union 83 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Human Rights Campaign 89 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Iranian American Political Action Committee 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights 94 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Council of La Raza 100 percent in 2005.

Conservative

2007 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
The Club for Growth 33 percent in 2007.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Conservative Union 8 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Americans for Prosperity 42.9 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Conservative Index - The John Birch Society 18 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Eagle Forum 0 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Composite Conservative Score 14 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 0 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 12 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Conservative on Social Policy 21 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
The Club for Growth 7 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Traditional Values Coalition 20 percent in 2006
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Campaign for Working Families 0 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Concerned Women for America 11 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Conservative Union 8 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Eagle Forum 33 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Conservative on Economic Policy 12 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Conservative on Foreign Policy 15 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Republican Liberty Caucus 25 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Republican Liberty Caucus on personal liberties 45 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Republican Liberty Caucus on economic issues 5 percent in 2005.

Crime Issues

2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants 70 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Criminal Justice Association 75 percent in 2005.

Drug Issues
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors 100 percent in 2005-2006.

Education
2006 Senator Obama supported the interest of the National Association for College Admission Counseling 100 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Education Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association for College Admission Counseling 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Elementary School Principals 0 percent in 2005.

Energy Issues
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Campaign for America's Future 100 percent in 2005-2006 on energy legislation.

Environmental Issues
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the American Land Rights Association 11 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Wind Energy Association 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
League of Conservation Voters 100 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Lands Alliance 50 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Wilderness Coalition 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Comprehensive US Sustainable Population 69 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund 82 percent in 2005-2006
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Partnership for America 0 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Land Rights Association 17 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Wilderness Coalition 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
League of Conservation Voters 95 percent in 2005.
2003 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Environmental Council 100 percent in 2003.
1998 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Environmental Council 75 percent in 1998.

Family and Children Issues
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Children's Defense Fund 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Family Research Council 0 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Family Association 0 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Children's Defense Fund 100 percent in 2005.

Foreign Aid and Policy Issues

2006 In 2006 Armenian National Committee of America gave Senator Obama a grade of B-.
2006 In 2006
Citizens for Global Solutions gave Senator Obama a grade of A+.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Latin America Working Group 67 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Peace Action 67 percent in 2006.
2006 In 2006,
The Genocide Intervention Network--Darfur Scores assigned Senator Obama a grade of A+ based on voting records, bill sponsorship and other activities related to ending the genocide in Darfur.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA) 67 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Council for a Livable World 83 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Friends Committee on National Legislation 92 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Nuclear Age Peace Foundation 83 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to
U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation's position, Senator Obama received a rating of -2.
2005 In 2005
Citizens for Global Solutions gave Senator Obama a rating of A-.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Latin America Working Group 50 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Peace Action 89 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
PeacePAC 100 percent in 2005.

Government Reform

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
State PIRGs Working Together 86 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
U.S. Public Interest Research Group 86 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Citizens Against Government Waste 13 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interest of the
National Association of Counties 81 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Citizens Against Government Waste 13 percent in 2005.

Gun Issues

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Gun Owners of America 100 percent in 2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Gun Owners of America 0 percent in 2005.
2004 Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2004, the
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Obama a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).
2002 Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all state legislative candidates in 2002, the
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund assigned Senator Obama a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).
1998 Based on a questionnaire and the votes that
National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund considered to be the most important in 1998, they have assigned Senator Obama a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F-).

Health Issues

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Academy of General Dentistry 50 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Public Health Association 100 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Academy of Emergency Medicine 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Nurses Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Breast Cancer Coalition 60 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 On the votes that the
St. Joseph Health System considered to be the most important in 2005-2006, Senator Obama voted their preferred position 75 percent of the time.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Public Health Association 80 percent in 2005.

Immigration
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the American Immigration Lawyers Association 88 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
English First 0 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of
Americans for Better Immigration 28 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Federation for American Immigration Reform 43 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Iranian American Political Action Committee 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
U.S. Border Control 8 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Federation for American Immigration Reform 0 percent in 2005.
2003-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Americans for Better Immigration 14 percent in 2003-2006.

Labor
2007 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Service Employees International Union 75 percent in 2007.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
AFL-CIO 93 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 75 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 40 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Service Employees International Union 94 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Transportation Communications Union 75 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
United Auto Workers 85 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
AFL-CIO 92 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Federation of Government Employees 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors 0 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Service Employees International Union 92 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Transportation Communications Union 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
United Auto Workers 93 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
United Electrical Radio and Machine Workers 100 percent in 2005.
2003 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois AFL-CIO 89 percent in 2003.
2001 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois AFL-CIO 89 percent in 2001.
1999 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois AFL-CIO 92 percent in 1999.

Liberal
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Americans for Democratic Action 95 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 86 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 87 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy 85 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 77 percent in 2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Americans for Democratic Action 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Committee for an Effective Congress 95 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Composite Liberal Score 83 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Economic Policy 87 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Foreign Policy 76 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Journal - Liberal on Social Policy 77 percent in 2005.

Military Issues
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Women's Action for New Directions (WAND) and-WILL 66 percent in 2005.

National Security Issues

2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Center for Security Policy 21 percent in 2005-2006.

Science and Medical Research
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 0 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Parkinsons Action Network 100 percent in 2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 0 percent in 2005.

Senior and Social Security Issues
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of
National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Alliance for Retired Americans 100 percent in 2005.

Social Issues

2007 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby's position, Senator Obama received a rating of 68.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby 77 percent in 2006.
2006 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to
National Association of Social Workers's position, Senator Obama received a rating of 100.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Population Connection 100 percent in 2006.
2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Secular Coalition for America 90 percent in 2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Population Action International 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Drum Major Institute for Public Policy 75 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Mennonite Central Committee 90 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
NETWORK, A National Catholic Social Justice Lobby 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Based on a point system, with points assigned for actions in support of or in opposition to
National Association of Social Workers's position, Senator Obama received a rating of 100.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Population Connection 100 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Population Institute 100 percent in 2005.
2003 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Citizen Action Illinois 96 percent in 2003.
2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP 0 percent in 2002.
2002 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Family Institute 50 percent in 2002.
1999-2000 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP 100 percent in 1999-2000.
1998-1999 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP 100 percent in 1998-1999.
1998 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Family Institute 80 percent in 1998.
1997-1998 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Association of Social Workers - Illinois Chapter 100 percent in 1997-1998.
1997 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Illinois Churches in Action - ILLCAAAP 0 percent in 1997.

Trade Issues

2005-2006 In 2005-2006
USA Engage gave Senator Obama a grade of C.

Transportation Issues
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2003 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Automotive Wholesalers of Illinois 40 percent in 2003.

Veterans Issues

2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the Disabled American Veterans 80 percent in 2006.
2006 In 2006
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave Senator Obama a grade of B+.
2006 Senator Obama sponsored or co-sponsored 12 percent of the legislation favored by the
The Retired Enlisted Association in 2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Disabled American Veterans 92 percent in 2005.

Welfare and Poverty

2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
RESULTS 100 percent in 2005-2006.

Women's Issues
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the American Association of University Women 90 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Business and Professional Women USA 100 percent in 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
Federally Employed Women 100 percent in the 2005-2006.
2005-2006 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Organization for Women 91 percent in 2005-2006.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
American Association of University Women 83 percent in 2005.
2005 Senator Obama supported the interests of the
National Organization for Women 100 percent in 2005.
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We will examine the rest of the candidates records in the next post.