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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

I predict that some bloggers may just decide to stop reading my entire blog just from the title of this entry.  I’m hoping, however, that most of them are at least open-minded enough to let me post my opinion and still come by every now and again for the vast amount of non-political blog posts I do.

I’d also like to point out that I do not require anyone to agree with me.  You can comment, disagree, point out where I’m wrong, and have a healthy debate and you will be welcome for it.  Hurtful comments, however, or profanity, slurs, or offensive material is not welcome.

My views are not unchangeable; but they are unshakable.

I did a few politicial utters recently (audio recordings) – Why no Photo ID required to Vote, No Really – Why no Obama records, and Media Bias example w/Obama and Campaign Finance.  I did them because these three issues were heavy on my mind. I had other questions as well, but lacked the time to adequately convey them in the written word.

Well, I actually found that someone else had done the work for me.  It’s definitely not exactly how I’d write it, but it’s close enough for me.  It starts off with a lack of bias but the writing throughout is still anti-Obama.  I don’t hide the fact that I see this article as written with a conservative bias.  But I don’t see them presenting any lies or making an item bigger than it really is.

And you know what? the title of the article will probably piss off even more people.  But I will say this – if you’re planning on voting Obama tomorrow, can actually read though all of the article and still vote for Obama, then I can more easily say I respect your vote.  Heck, I already respect your vote.  You’re an American Citizen!  You have a voice!  I’m just hoping your voice is a normal, everyday voice and not one that’s just chanting Obama over and over, enamored with the idea of a leader instead of a real substantive one..

(note: I only respect your vote if you are an American Citizen.  I do not respect you if you are non-existant.  What do I mean by non-existant?  Well, Indiana has more registered voters than there are population – that’s right.  105% of the voters are registered.  Can anyone say voter fraud?)

And now – the article.  Try not to throw tomatoes.

The Comprehensive Argument Against Barack Obama


And just to prove I’m not 100% political and offensive on these posts, here’s a little levity.

Don’t forget to check out Barackula – the Musical.  “I vant to suck your vallet!”

Barackula is a short political horror rock musical about young Barack Obama having to stave off a secret society of vampires at Harvard when he was inducted into presidency at the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Obama (Justin Sherman) finds that he must convince the vampire society that opposing political philosophies can coexist or else the society may transform Obama to the dark side. Reminiscent to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and a slight infusion of Jesus Christ Superstar and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

And lo, the people did comment thus:


  1. Amanda says:

    In general, I don’t like debating politics. I think everyone has a right to believe what they want to believe, and debating has always seemed like you’re trying to change someone else’s mind, and I feel its not my place to do so. But, here goes:

    Okay, I read through it. And in all honesty, not one argument swayed me. 5 years ago, I would have voted for McCain, but the way they’ve run his campaign has been appalling. What happened to the guy who would reach across party lines? Who would stand up to his party for what he believed in? That guy has disappeared and in his place is a guy who uses threats, only looks in the past, and seems really bitter.

    is a Also? Sarah Palin scares the hell out of me. She’s so ignorant about so many things that really matter.

    Here’s my running commentary, for proof that I read the article:
    I can almost see the abortion issue, although I’m firmly 100% behind a woman’s right to choose, so that won’t sway me. Yes, he’s voted to raise taxes in the past, but that has nothing to do with his plan for the future. I’m tired of people talking about his “radical associations”. To me, that’s just grasping at straws. It’s like you have nothing else to talk about, so you’re pulling things out that the American people, as a whole, don’t care about. I feel the same way about the preconditions thing, and I’ve been opposed to Iraq since the day we invaded. I don’t think that Obama’s saying people cling to guns and religions is entirely untrue, and it’s less offensive than laughing at people for holding the job of community organizers or pro american parts of the country. I’ll concede on the race card, but that’s not enough to change my mind. I don’t think someone has to have a ton of experience to be able to do a job well. Clearly, Bush had experience and he’s one of the worst presidents in our history. Someone fresh is not a bad thing, in my mind.

    Amanda´s last blog post..I’ve Got A Halloweenhead

  2. Robin says:

    I’ve heard it all. I listen pretty regularly to a conservative talk show on the radio, not because I agree (mostly I don’t) but I can learn and I want to hear other sides. I find most politics are crap anyway and I’d rather not vote for a politician at all, they are all fucked in the head just for wanting to be president. I have however changed some of my views over the year, I’m not quite a democrat but I’m definitely not a republican either. I’m not 100% happy with whomever wins.

  3. Miss Britt says:

    I already voted – na na na na boo boo! 😛

    Miss Britt´s last blog post..Some bloggers are better than others.

  4. ajooja says:

    Much like you, someone else (Amanda) made my claim better than I could right now without getting mad. I’ve typed and retyped this comment too many times.

  5. Dave2 says:

    Meh. It’s spin. For every single point, I could easily come up with something reprehensive as to McCain/Palin’s stance on the issue.

    In fact, why don’t I try one? And I won’t even pick-and-choose… I’ll just take the very first point, which is… ABORTION! This one is easy, because I already have something prepared!

    My Buddhist beliefs do not in any way allow for abortion to enter the picture. But here’s the problem… it’s not just unborn life that concerns me, but ALL life. An unborn American baby has the same value to me as a civilian child life in Iran which McCain is wanting to “bomb bomb bomb… bomb bomb Iran.” When I look at things from that perspective, I’m left in a bigger quandary, because I can’t boil it all down to abortion as the only possibility for loss of life in the new presidency.

    But even if abortion IS the focus, it’s STILL not easy.

    For example: Sarah Palin is an advocate for abstinence-only sex education. Since this has been proven by every possible study to be ineffective at preventing teen pregnancy, she’s basically contributing to the abortion problem. Kids don’t have the knowledge they need to prevent pregnancy in this sexually-charged world we live in (as her own daughter testifies), so they are more likely to get pregnant. What happens then? More abortions. You can’t have it both ways, because even if abortion is made illegal, it’s still going to happen… especially if teen pregnancy rates escalate under her sex education policies. The only difference being that wealthy kids will be getting safe abortions in foreign hospitals, while poor kids will be getting dangerous back-alley abortions here at home (putting even more lives at risk).


    In the interest of being unbiased here, have YOU read a comprehensive argument against McCain?

    Dave2´s last blog post..Simpsons

  6. Avitable says:

    I didn’t really see anything of which I was unaware.
    1. Abortion – we’ve had a radical anti-abortion President in office for eight years and abortion is still legal. Why does everyone think that people are going to be running around aborting babies like crazy if we get a radical pro-abortion President in office? It’s ridiculous and shouldn’t even be part of the consideration.

    2. Taxes. I’m sorry, but I’m going to be in the bracket that gets taxed and I have no problem with this. Taxes are a part of life. I noticed that the article didn’t link to “history” showing that increasing capital gains taxes is futile.

    3. Radical Associations. McCain associated with Keating – should we suggest that he’s going to bilk Americans out of money? Coming up with TWO people out of 48 years of a man’s life that are people on the fringe does not mean that he thinks like those people nor does he subscribe to their beliefs.

    4. Foreign Policy Judgment. Yeah, because having “seasoned” experts really means that you’ll make wise foreign policy.

    5. Disdain for the Heartland. I agree with him.

    6. The Race Card. This was just fluff.

    7. Lack of Accomplishments. This is a good thing. I think it would be a good time to try someone who hasn’t gotten jaded with politics, who’s not a professional politician, who’s not so chewed up by the political machinery that they’re 100% a part of it. A new perspective from someone who is young, motivated, and highly intelligent could be a breath of fresh air for the US.

    Avitable´s last blog post..Avitaween 2008, part 1

  7. I don’t have time to read the articles right now and, really, all they would do is make me despise Obama even more than I already do so you don’t have a vote to sway in me.

    My comment is in regards to the link you posted about Indiana having more registered voters than they actually have people living there. My SIL’s little sister is a higher functioning autistic person and lives in a group home in Virginia. When my SIL went to visit her sister last month, her sister told her that they home had them all register to vote. Every person who is over 18 in that group home is a registered voter and, yet, none of them are mentally able to make an informed decision like that. My SIL reported it to the state and this facility is now being investigated for fraud because, it turns out, every one of those group home kids voted early via an absentee ballot – for Obama.

    Sheila (Charm School Reject)´s last blog post..The Little Engine That Could Doesn’t Have A Thing On Me

  8. Sushiboy says:

    I read this same article a while back. Reading it again just steeled my resolve to vote for McCain. I think there will be surprises if/when barrack gets into office and people start paying attention to what he is really about.

  9. martymankins says:

    First off, you know I will always come to your blog, political posts or DITLs or MITLs or MISC… I enjoy reading your posts. You and I both know where we are politically and we know our boundaries. It’s all good.

    But since you are giving carte blanche on accepting criticism, here’s my take.

    I read the article. It’s well written and obviously well researched. Abortion shouldn’t be a political issue. It’s a humanity issue. I agree with Obama in that nobody is Pro-Abortion. That’s a fear label that’s been placed on people that support the woman’s right to choose.

    Taxes… I read this about the difference between Obama and McCain: http://www.parade.com/news/intelligence-report/archive/how-much-would-you-pay-taxes.html

    Radical associations… McCain gets a pass for making fun of a middle eastern country, but people are concerned about a former violent protestor and his current association with Obama? This would have more meat if Bill Ayers were still rioting and protesting. He’s a well respected professor now. People change. Get over it.

    After reading each and every argument, I see no reason why I should feel bad that I voted for Obama. FWIW, I found very little coverage in this article about how concerned this Ed Morrissey is about any major issue. His and others issues don’t have anything to do with the economy, health care. When you have a job and good health care coverage, people aren’t that concerned about it. At least not until it affects them. Worry about it then seems to be the mindset. Let’s worry about who Obama lives next door to. Do you know your neighbors? Are they cooking meth? Do they have criminal records you don’t know about? Was one of them speaking out, even violently? They are so concerned about what everyone else is doing.

    If McCain does win, I really don’t want to see “in your face” from his supporters. I know it will happen from some (not you, I’m sure) and that will just prove that it was all about winning an election and not about what needs to be done.

    I really truly believe a McCain win would be a business as usual, with very little change.

    martymankins´s last blog post..In The Final Hours

  10. Ren says:

    I pretty much agree with everything Avitable said, though I want to point out that I am anti-abortion but anti-illegal-abortion even more, so I think things should stay as they are. Oh, and while I am generally against higher taxes, the ludicrous rates of spending that exist now and are certain to continue under either presidency, combined with the historically low tax rates we presently enjoy, make tax increases inevitable.

    I wish we could get some significant third- and fourth-party representation in Congress.

    Ren´s last blog post..Outlaw Trail 100

  11. metalmom says:

    There’s an election?
    I thought it was erection!

    metalmom´s last blog post..Monday Moaning-Sew What!

  12. I couldn’t find a place to email you on your page but thought this article might interest you, if you haven’t seen it already.


    Sheila (Charm School Reject)´s last blog post..What Happens In Florida, Stays In Florida

  13. Dave2 says:

    Meh. For every supposed liberal dredged up who is now voting for McCain, I can pop out a supposed conservative who is now voting for Obama…

    And then there’s that truly sublime endorsement by The Economist…

    Boy do I look forward to this election being over… I hate having to research URLs to post! 🙂

    Dave2´s last blog post..Simpsons

  14. Evil Genius says:

    Doesn’t matter who either of us vote for, Whall, I’ll still keep coming here. Opinions are like butts, ya know. Everybody’s got one and sometimes they smell. But I’ll always love ya!!

    Evil Genius´s last blog post..I Borked It!!

  15. Sybil Law says:

    What everyone else said. I come here because I enjoy your blog and your thoughts; how you vote will not make me not like you – much. Haha!

    Sybil Law´s last blog post..Mmmm… Spam

  16. Hilly says:

    I like Obama and Pop Tarts and that is all you need to know. 😉

  17. kapgar says:

    You know I’m not one to take sides in politics. So my readership of your site is secure! 😉

    kapgar´s last blog post..And I want it now…

  18. Ren says:

    Dave, if I’d read that article from The Economist *before* I voted I would have had an easier time of it. It nicely articulates almost exactly my thinking that led to my decision.

    Ren´s last blog post..Outlaw Trail 100

  19. Dave2 says:

    What’s this? It’s now November 4th! No reminder to get out and vote today from whall.org?

    Why do you hate America, Wayne? 🙂

    Dave2´s last blog post..Voted!

  20. martymankins says:

    That link Dave2 posted from The Economist was in line for my reasons and concerns.

    martymankins´s last blog post..In The Final Hours

  21. Faiqa says:

    Heh. I’m totally cool with people who don’t approve of Obama as long as they are as well thought out about it as you have been. On a lighter note, I was in Einstein Bagels the other day and there was this kid who looked JUST like Barack Obama working there (except about 20 yrs younger). I guess he knew that because when he got done making my sandwich, he said, “I’m Barack Obama and I approved this sandwich.” LOL. I guess you had to be there.

    Faiqa´s last blog post..Barack, Bill, Britt and Me

  22. Cap says:

    I voted this morning. For the first time ever, I waited in line to do it. This election reminds me of Bill Clinton’s first run in ’92 – and I fell for his “I’m a progressive, new democrat” spin. All of the arguments are the same, only the names of the politicians change.
    Do we need change in this country? YES. Will it happen with either of these candidates? Probably not. And that’s sad.

    Cap´s last blog post..The power of Indy compels you!

  23. Christine says:

    I don’t know Amanda but she wrote EXACTLY how I feel. Can I get a copy of this??? 🙂

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