Conservative,' whose blog is sponsored by the only newspaper in
Lubbock, TX. Today's post is titled "Would Barack Obama Support a
I can't describe what I'm feeling. Nausea?" - -Anthony
This is a very interesting letter from a real person in East Texas.
Given the uproar about the simple question asked you by Joe the plumber, and the persecution that has been heaped on him because he dared to question you, I find myself motivated to say a few things to you myself. While Joe aspires to start a business someday, I already have started not one, but 4 businesses. But first, let me introduce myself. You can call me "Cory the well driller". I am a 54 year old high school graduate. I didn't go to college like you, I was too ready to go "conquer the world" when I finished high school. 25 years ago at age 29, I started my own water well drilling business at a time when the economy here in East Texas was in a tailspin from the crash of the early 80's oil boom. I didn't get any help from the government, nor did I look for any. I borrowed what I could from my sister, my uncle, and even the pawn shop and managed to scrape together a homemade drill rig and a few tools to do my first job. My businesses did not start as a result of privilege. They are the result of my personal drive, personal ambition, self discipline, self reliance, and a determination to treat my customers fairly. From the very start my business provided one other (than myself) East Texan a full time job. I couldn't afford a backhoe the first few years (something every well drilling business had), so I and my helper had to dig the mud pits that are necessary for each and every job with hand shovels. I had to use my 10 year old, 1/2 ton pickup truck for my water tank truck (normally a job for at least a 2 ton truck).
A year and a half after I started the business, I scraped together a 20% down payment to get a modest bank loan and bought a (28 year) old, worn out, slightly bigger drilling rig to allow me to drill the deeper water wells in my area. I spent the next few years drilling wells with the rig while simultaneously rebuilding it between jobs. Through these years I never knew from one month to the next if I would have any work or be able to pay the bills. I got behind on my income taxes one year, and spent the next two years paying that back (with penalty and interest) while keeping up with ongoing taxes. I got behind on my water well supply bill 2 different years (way behind the second time... $80,000.00), and spent over a year paying it back (each time) while continuing to pay for ongoing supplies C.O.D.. Of course, the personal stress endured through these experiences and years is hard to measure. I do have a stent in my heart now to memorialize it all.
I spent the next 10 years developing the reputation for being the most competent and most honest water well driller in East Texas. 2 years along the way, I hired another full time employee for the drilling business so that we could provide full time water well pump service as well as the well drilling. Also, 3 years along the path, I bought a water well screen service machine from a friend, starting business # 2. 5 years later I made a business loan for $100,000.00 to build a new, higher production, computer controlled screen service machine. I had designed the machine myself, and it didn't work out for 3 years so I had to make the loan payments without the benefit of any added income from the new machine. No government program was there to help me with the payments, or to help me sleep at night as I lay awake wondering how I would solve my machine problems or pay my bills. Finally, after 3 years, I got the screen machine working properly, and that provided another full time job for an East Texan in the screen service business.
2 years after that, I made another business loan, this time for $250,000.00, to buy another used drilling rig and all the support equipment needed to run another, larger, drill rig. This provided another 2 full time jobs for East Texans. Again, I spent a couple of years not knowing if I had made a smart move, or a move that would bankrupt me. For the third time in 13 years, I had placed everything I owned on the line, risking everything, in order to build a business.
A couple of years into this, I came up with a bright idea for a new kind of mud pump, a fundamentally necessary pump used on water well drill rigs. I spent my entire life savings to date (just $30,000.00), building a prototype of the pump and took it to the national water well convention to show it off. Customers immediately started coming out of the woodworks to buy the pumps, but there was a problem. I had depleted my assets making the prototype, and nobody would make me a business loan to start production of the new pumps. With several deposits for pump orders in hand, and nowhere to go, I finally started applying for as many credit card as I could find and took cash withdrawals on these cards to the tune of over $150,000.00 (including modest loans from my dear sister and brother), to get this 3rd business going.
Yes, once again, I had everything hanging over the line in an effort to start another business. I had never manufactured anything, and I had to design and bring into production a complex hydraulic machine from an untested prototype to a reliable production model (in six months). How many nights I lay awake wondering if I had just made the paramount mistake of my life I cannot tell you, but there were plenty. I managed to get the pumps into production, which immediately created another 2 full time jobs in East Texas. Some of the models in the first year suffered from quality issues due to the poor workmanship of one of my key suppliers, so I and an employee (another East Texan employed) had to drive across the country to repair customers' pumps, practically from coast to coast. I stood behind the product, and made payments to all the credit cards that had financed me (and my brother and sister). I spent the next 5 years improving and refining the product, building a reputation for the pump and the company, working to get the pump into drill rig manufacturers' product lines, and paying back credit cards. During all this time I continued to manage a growing water well business that was now operating 3 drill rig crews, and 2 well service crews. Also, the screen service business continued to grow. No government programs were there to help me, Mr. Obama, but that's ok, I didn't expect any, nor did I want any. I was too busy fighting to make success happen to sit around waiting for the government to help me.
Now, we have been manufacturing the mud pumps for 7 years, my combined businesses employ 32 full time employees, and distribute $5,000,000.00 annually through the local economy. Now, just 4 months ago I borrowed $1,254,000.00, purchasing computer controlled machining equipment to start my 4th business, a production machine shop. The machine shop will serve the mud pump company so that we can better manufacture our pumps that are being shipped worldwide. Of course, the machine shop will also do work for outside companies as well. This has already produced 2 more full time jobs, and 2 more should develop out of it in the next few months. This should work out, but if it doesn't it will be because you, and the other professional politicians like yourself, will have destroyed our countrys’ (and the world) economy with your meddling with mortgage loan programs through your liberal manipulation and intimidation of loaning institutions to make sure that unqualified borrowers could get mortgages. You see, at the very time when I couldn't get a business loan to get my mud pumps into production, you were working with Acorn and the Community Reinvestment Act programs to make sure that unqualified borrowers could buy homes with no down payment, and even no credit or worse yet, bad credit. Even the infamous, liberal, Ninja loans (No Income, No Job or Assets). While these unqualified borrowers were enjoying unrealistically low interest rates, I was paying 22% to 24% interest on the credit cards that I had used to provide me the funds for the mud pump business that has created jobs for more East Texans. It's funny, because after 25 years of turning almost every dime of extra money back into my businesses to grow them, it has been only in the last two years that I have finally made enough money to be able to put a little away for retirement, and now the value of that has dropped 40% because of the policies you and your ilk have perpetrated on our country.
You see, Mr. Obama, I'm the guy you intend to raise taxes on. I'm the guy who has spent 25 years toiling and sweating, fretting and fighting, stressing and risking, to build a business and get ahead. I'm the guy who has been on the very edge of bankruptcy more than a dozen times over the last 25 years, and all the while creating more and more jobs for East Texans who didn’t want to take a risk, and would not demand from themselves what I have demanded from myself. I'm the guy you characterize as "the Americans who can afford it the most" that you believe should be taxed more to provide income redistribution "to spread the wealth" to those who have never toiled, sweated, fretted, fought, stressed, or risked anything. You want to characterize me as someone who has enjoyed a life of privilege and who needs to pay a higher percentage of my income than those who have bought into your entitlement culture. I resent you, Mr. Obama, as I resent all who want to use class warfare as a tool to advance their political career. What's worse, each year more Americans buy into your liberal entitlement culture, and turn to the government for their hope of a better life instead of themselves. Liberals are succeeding through more than 40 years of collaborative effort between the predominant liberal media, and liberal indoctrination programs in the public school systems across our land.
What is so terribly sad about this is this. America was made great by people who embraced the one-time American culture of self reliance, self motivation, self determination, self discipline, personal betterment, hard work, risk taking. A culture built around the concept that success was in reach of every able bodied American who would strive for it. Each year that less Americans embrace that culture, we all descend together. We descend down the socialist path that has brought country after country ultimately to bitter and unremarkable states. If you and your liberal comrades in the media and school systems would spend half as much effort cultivating a culture of can-do across America as you do cultivating your entitlement culture, we could see Americans at large embracing the conviction that they can elevate themselves through personal betterment, personal achievement, and self reliance. You see, when people embrace such ideals, they act on them. When people act on such ideals, they succeed. All of America could find herself elevating instead of deteriorating. But that would eliminate the need for liberal politicians, wouldn't it, Mr. Obama? The country would not need you if the country was convinced that problem solving was best left with individuals instead of the government. You and all your liberal comrades have got a vested interested in creating a dependent class in our country. It is the very business of liberals to create an ever expanding dependence on government. What's remarkable is that you, who have never produced a job in your life, are going to tax me to take more of my money and give it to people who wouldn't need my money if they would get off their entitlement mentality asses and apply themselves at work, demand more from themselves, and quit looking to liberal politicians to raise their station in life.
You see, I know because I've had them work for me before. Hundreds of them over these 25 years. People who simply will not show up to work on time. People who just will not work 5 days in a week, much less, 6 days. People always looking for a way to put less effort out. People who actually tell me that they would do more if I just would first pay them more. People who take off work to sit in government offices to apply to get free government handouts (gee, I wonder how things would have turned out for them if they had spent that time earning money and pleasing their employer?). You see, all of this comes from your entitlement mentality culture.
Oh, I know you will say I am uncompassionate. Sorry, Mr. Obama, wrong again. You see, I've seen what the average percentage of your income has been given to charities over the years of 2000 to 2004 (ignoring the years you started running for office - can you pronounce “politically motivated”), you averaged less than 1% annually. And your running mate, Joe Biden, averaged less than ¼% of his annual income in charitable contributions over the last 10 years. Like so many liberals, the two of you want to give to the needy, just as long as it is someone else’s money you are giving to them. I won’t say what I have given to charities over the last 25 years, but the percentage is several times more than you and Joe Biden… combined (don’t you just hate google?). Tell me again how you feel my pain.
In short, Mr. Obama, your political philosophies represent everything that is wrong with our country. You represent the culture of government dependence instead of self reliance; Entitlement mentality instead of personal achievement; Penalization of the successful to reward the unmotivated; Political correctness instead of open mindedness and open debate. If you are successful, you may preside over the final transformation of America from being the greatest and most self-reliant culture on earth, to just another country of whiners and wimps, who sit around looking to the government to solve their problems. Like all of western Europe. All countries on the decline. All countries that, because of liberal socialistic mentalities, have a little less to offer mankind every year.
God help us...
just a ordinary, extraordinary American, the way a lot of Americans used to be.
P.S. Yes, Mr. Obama, I am a real American... www.cmillerdrilling.com
Subject: The next President?
Something to think about!!!
Think you know who this man is?
This possible President of the United States!!
Read below and ask yourselves, is this REALLY someone we can see as the President of our great nation!!!!
Below are a few lines from Obama's books. In his words!
From Dreams of My Father: 'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
And FINALLY the most damning one of ALL of them
From Audacity of Hope: 'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
"Greetings, MRWD - This one is from an 'undecided' co-worker." -Ava
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PLEASE READ AND FORWARD.
THIS LETTER MAKES MORE SENSE THAN ANYTHING I HAVE SEEN, HEARD, OR READ, CONCERNING THE UPCOMING ELECTION...
IT'S A LETTER FROM A U.S. CITIZEN... WHO LIVES IN ILLINOIS... AND OBVIOUSLY IS A "SELF-THINKER"... NOT JUST A "FOLLOWER"!!!
IF YOU ONLY READ ONE THING, REGARDING THIS ELECTION... LET THIS BE THE ONE THING!! AFTER READING IT, YOU WILL PROBABLY WANT TO FORWARD IT TO OTHER AMERICANS WHO ARE "SELF THINKERS"!!
An impassioned letter from a "nobody". But he gives his telephone number at the end.
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 3:19 PM
Subject: FW: A letter from Ilinois
My name is Joe Porter. I live in Champaign, Illinois. I'm 46 years old, a born-again Christian, a husband, a father, a small business owner, a veteran, and a homeowner. I don't consider myself to be either conservative or liberal, and I vote for the person, not Republican or Democrat. I don't believe there are "two Americas " but that every person in this country can be whomever and whatever they want to be if they'll just work to get there and nowhere else on earth can they find such opportunities. I believe our government should help those who are legitimately downtrodden, and should always put the interests of America first.
The purpose of this message is that I'm concerned about the future of this great nation. I'm worried that the silent majority of honest, hard-working, tax-paying people in this country have been passive for too long. Most folks I know choose not to involve themselves in politics. They go about their daily lives, paying their bills, raising their kids, and doing what they can to maintain the good life. They vote and consider doing so to be a sacred trust. They shake their heads at the political pundits and so-called "news", thinking that what they hear is always spun by whomever is reporting it. They can't understand how elected officials can regularly violate the public trust with pork barrel spending. They don't want government handouts. They want the government to protect them, not raise their taxes for more government programs.
We are in the unique position in = this country of electing our leaders. It's a privilege to do so. I've never found a candidate in any election with whom I agreed on everything. I'll wager that most of us don't even agree with our families or spouses 100% of the time. So when I step into that voting booth, I always try to look at the big picture and cast my vote for the man or woman who is best qualified for the job. I've hired a lot of people in my lifetime, and essentially that's what an election is - a hiring process. Who has the credentials? Whom do I want working for me? Whom can I trust to do the job right?
I'm concerned that a growing number of voters in this country simply don't get it. They are caught up in a fervor they can't explain, and calling it "change".
"Change what?", I ask.
"Well, we're going to change America", they say.
"In what way?", I query.
"We want someone new and fresh in= the White House", they exclaim.
"So, someone who's not a politician?", I say.
"Uh, well, no, we just want a lot of stuff changed, so we're voting for Obama", they state.
"So the current system, the system of freedom and democracy that has enabled a man to grow up in this great country, get a fine education, raise incredible amounts of money and dominate the news, and win his party's nomination for the White House that system's all wrong?"
"No, no, that part of the system's okay we just need a lot of change."
And so it goes. "Change we can believe in."
Quite frankly, I don't believe that vague proclamations of change hold any promise for me. In recent months, I've been asking virtually everyone I encounter how they're voting. I live in Illinois, so most folks tell me they're voting for Barack Obama. But no one can really tell me why only that he's going to change a lot of stuff "Change, change, change." I have yet to find one single person who can tell me distinctly and convincingly why this man is qualified to be President and Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation on earth other than the fact that he claims he's going to implement a lot of change.
We've all seen the emails about Obama's genealogy, his upbringing, his Muslim background, and his church affiliations. Let's ignore this for a moment. Put it all aside. Then ask yourself, "What qualifies this man to be my president? That he's a brilliant orator and talks about change?"
Friends, I'll be forthright with you I believe the American voters who are supporting Barack Obama don't have a clue what they're doing, as evidenced by the fact that not one of them - NOT ONE of them I've spoken to can spell out his qualifications. Not even the most liberal media can explain why he should be elected. Political experience? Negligible. Foreign relations? Non-existent. Achievements? Name one. Someone who wants to unite the country? If you haven't read his wife's thesis from Princeton, look it up on the web. This is who's lining up to be our next First Lady? The only thing I can glean from Obama's constant harping about change is that we're in for a lot of new taxes.
For me, the choice is clear. I've looked carefully at the two leading applicants for the job, and I've made my choice.
Here's a question - "Where were you five and a half years ago? Around Christmas, 2002. You've had five or six birthdays in that time. My son has grown from a sixth grade child to a high school graduate. Five and a half years is a good chunk of time. About 2,000 days. 2,000 nights of sleep. 6, 000 meals, give= or take."
John McCain spent that amount of time, from 1967 to 1973, in a North Vietnamese prisoner-of-war camp.
When offered early release, he refused it. He considered this offer to be a public relations stunt by his captors, and insisted that those held longer than he should be released first. Did you get that part? He was offered his freedom, and he turned it down. A regimen of beatings and torture began.
Do you possess such strength of character? Locked in a filthy cell in a foreign country, would you turn down your own freedom in favor of your fellow man? I submit that's a quality of character that is rarely found, and for me, this singular act defines John McCain.
Unlike several presidential candidates in recent years whose military service is questionable or non-existent, you will not find anyone to denigrate the integrity and moral courage of this man. A graduate of Annapolis, during his Naval service he received the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. His own son is now serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq . Barack Obama is fond of saying "We honor John McCain's service...BUT...", which to me is condescending and offensive - because what I hear is, "Let's forget this man's sacrifice for his country, and his proven leadership abilities, and talk some more about change."
I don't agree with John McCain on everything - but I am utterly convinced that he is qualified to be our next President, and I trust him to do what's right. I know in my heart that he has the best interests of our country in mind. He doesn't simply want to be President - he wants to lead America, and there's a huge difference. Factually, there is simply no comparison between the two candidates. A man of questionable background and motives who prattles on about change, can't hold a candle to a man who has devoted his life in public service to this nation, retiring from the Navy in1981 and elected to the Senate in1982.
Perhaps Obama's supporters are taking a stance between old and new. Maybe they don't care about McCain's service or his strength of character, or his unblemished qualifications to be President. Maybe "likeability" is a higher priority for them than "trust". Being a prisoner of war is not what qualifies John McCain to be President of the United States of America - but his demonstrated leadership certainly DOES.
Dear friends, it is time for us to stand. It is time for thinking Americans to say, "Enough." It is time for people of all parties to stop following the party line. It is time for anyone who wants to keep America first, who wants the right man leading their nation, to start a dialogue with all their friends and neighbors and ask who they're voting for, and why.
There's a lot of evil in this world. That should be readily apparent to all of us by now. And when faced with that evil as we are now, I want a man who knows the cost of war on his troops and on his citizens. I want a man who puts my family's interests before any foreign country.
I want a President who's qualified to lead.
I want my country back, and I'm voting for John McCain.
Subject: Fwd: Father/Daughter talk
A young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many
others her age, she considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat, and
among other liberal ideals, was very much in favor of higher taxes to
support more government programs, in other words redistribution of wealth.
She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch Republican, a
feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had
participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her
father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he
thought should be his.
One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on
the rich and the need for more government programs. The self-professed
objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she
indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in
school. Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA,
and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was
taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left
her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn't even
have time for a boyfriend, and didn't really have many college friends
because she spent all her time studying.
Her father listened and then asked, 'How is your friend Audrey doing?' She
replied, 'Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes , she
never studies, and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus;
college for her is a blast. She's always invited to all the parties and
lots of times she doesn't even show up for classes because she's too hung
over.' Her wise father asked his daughter, 'Why don't you go to the
Dean's office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your
friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and
certainly that would be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.'
The daughter, visibly shocked by her father's suggestion, angrily fired
back, 'That's a crazy idea, and how would that be fair! I've worked really
hard for my grades! I've invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work!
Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked
my tail off!
The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently, 'Welcome to the Republican
If anyone has a better explanation of the difference between Republican and
Democrat I'm all ears.
> Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's home district includes San
> Star-Kist Tuna's headquarters are in San Francisco, Pelosi's home
> Star-Kist is owned by Del Monte Foods and is a major contributor to
> Star-Kist is the major employer in American Samoa employing 75% of
> Samoan workforce.
> Paul Pelosi, Nancy's husband, owns $17 million dollars of Del Monte
> In January, 2007 when the minimum wage was increased from $5.15 to
> Pelosi had American Samoa exempted from the increase so Del Monte
> have to pay the higher wage. This would make Del Monte products less
> expensive than their competition's.
> Last week when the huge bailout bill was passed, Pelosi added an
> the final bill adding $33 million dollars for an "economic
> credit in American Samoa".
> Pelosi has called the Bush Administration "corrupt"...............
> She should know.
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> Subject: I Didn't Know That
> Question: What is America 's first line of missile interceptor defense that protects the entire United States ?
> Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard.
> Question: What is the ONLY National Guard unit on permanent active duty?
> Answer: 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard
> Question: Who is the Commander in Chief of the 49th Missile Defense Battalion of Alaska National Guard?
> Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska
> Question: What U.S. governor is routinely briefed on highly classified military issues, homeland security, and counter terrorism?
> Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska
> Question: What U.S. governor has a higher classified security rating than either candidate of the
> Democrat Party?
> Answer: Governor Sarah Palin, Alaska
> According to the Washington Post, she first met with McCain in February, but nobody ever found out. This is a woman used to keeping secrets. She can be entrusted with our national security, because she already is.
> Now You Know!
Subject: Economic Collapse - from San Francisco Chronicle - WORTH WHILE TO READ
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 22:10:30 +0000
Most of the liberals and Democrats will try to deny the facts in the
article below - but I challenge you to write down the "names" and keep a
scorecard when the FBI starts to make indictments or if McCain is
elected, his AG. If Obama is elected - maybe even the FBI will be
chased out of town on this one. As the article states Obama (nor his AG)
certainly won't do anything about the crooks in Congress (including
Oh - one more thing - go check out for yourselves how much stock Nancy
Pelosi ($2.5 million) and a number of other prominent democrats had in
AIG and you will understand why AIG was BAILED OUT. (The largest amount
held was by a republica n - $11.0 mil). I guess they didn't have enough
stock in Lehman Brothers to bail them out. It was not any secret in the
insurance industry that AIG has been in trouble for years.
> *For those interested in what really is causing our economic
> crisis this is a great article published by the **San
> Francisco** Chronicle, an extremely liberal newspaper in the most
> liberal town in our nation. They had it in them to publish this
> within 40 days of the election. The article is factually accurate
> and worth the read………..*
> *'The average American listening to all the news of bank failures,
> and Fann ie Mae and Freddie Mac (who?) being taken over by the
> government, and now a“bail-out” of large, privately owned and well
> known companies, is at first bewildered, and then angry. The
> average American should be furious.*
> *But whom should Americans be furious? That seems to be the big
> question as political finger s are pointing in every direction.
> Was it greedy CEO’s with their “golden parachutes?” Was it the
> Democrats? Was it the Republicans? Was it Wall Street? (Who,
> exactly IS “Wall Street?”) The simple answer is that it is all of
> the above.
> Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Jr., and Federal Reserve
> Chairman Ben S. Bernanke were on Capital Hill taking a verbal
> beating from some of the very people who should not be asking the
> questions, but answering them and answering those questions under
> *Senator Chris Dodd, (D-Co nn.) and Congressman Barney Frank,
> (D-Mass.) are the first two who should be grilled, not by fellow
> politicians, but by an independent and hopefully very clever,
> angry, and mean attorney hired by the American people. No one from
> the present Justice Department need apply. Both should be asked
> how much money they have taken from lobbyists hired by the CEO’s
> of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae. Since that is public record, they
> should then be asked what Fannie and Freddie got in return for
> that money.
> Barney Frank should be questioned about his House Bill, H.R. 3838,
> that is clearly designed to keep Fannie and Freddie afloat as long
> as possible despite all the signs that there was serious trouble
> ahead. But all his bill did was make the hole bigger in the side
> of the Titanic. Basically all H. R. 3838 did was: “To temporarily
> increase the portfolio caps appli cable to Freddie Mac and Fannie
> Mae, to provide the necessary financing to curb foreclosures by
> facilitating the refinancing of at-risk subprime borrowers into
> safe, affordable loans, and for other purposes.”
> Barney Frank and his counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer,
> (D-N.Y.) did everything they could to delay and cover-up the
> outright fraud and book-cooking that was going on within Freddie
> and Fannie. As far back as 2003, Freddie and Fannie were $9
> billion dollars in debt because of bad loans that continued to be
> accepted on a daily basis. Pressure from liberals in Congress to
> continue giving out bad loans was relentless and for years it
> continued with CEO’s, who happen to be friends of Dodd, Frank,
> Schumer, and Clinton, leaving with millions in their bank
> accounts as the companies they ran went under.
> The truth is that this financial disaster for the American
> taxpayer didn’t begin under George Bush, or Bill Clinton, or
> George Herbert Walker Bush, or Ron ald Reagan. It started under
> Jimmy Carter. It started with the passing of The Community
> Reinvestment Act in 1977.*
> ** *Basically, this act pushed local community banks and lenders,
> to “bend” the rules a little and give loans to low-income
> families. Like many liberal schemes, it seemed like a good idea
> at the time. There was a provision that protected the nervous
> lender in the clause that stated that loans should be given “in a
> safe and sound manner.” This gave the bank some leeway and choice
> in the loans that were given out. Under Bill Clinton, The
> Community Reinvestment Act was revised. Basically, the revision
> started to put pressure on lenders to take more financial risks.
> It was felt that lenders were not being “fair” to minor ities and
> the poor who only wanted to share in the American dream of owning
> their own home. Janet Reno began to outwardly threaten banks and
> mortgage lenders with prosecution if home loans were not approved
> for those who wanted to purchase homes that, in truth, they could
> not afford.*
> *Fearing federal retribution, loans started being approved for
> people who had no down-payment, no jobs, no collateral, and
> absolutely no hope of ever being able to meet any mortgage payment
> after the grace period of low interest ran out. Then, the greed
> took over. Banks would “bundle” up loans, good and bad, and sell
> them to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, making all their money up
> front for loans they knew would default eventually. As these loans
> did default, in larger and larger numbers, even Fannie and Freddie
> could no longer stand up under the hemorrhage of money loss. Wall
> Street panicked and so did the federal government.
> Were there warning signs that a disaster was looming? Of course,
> there were. But there was money to be made and politicians and
> CEO’s alike were not about to give up the gravy train of money
> being crammed in their pockets. The CEO’s of Freddie and Fannie
> would hire lobbyists to slip money into the pockets of Senator
> Chris Dodd, (D-Conn.), chairman of the Senate banking committee, who
> was supposed to be overseeing the banking industry, to the tune o
> f $133,900 since 1989. Barack Obama was number two at the trough
> with over $120,000 which was no small feat since he has only been
> in the Senate for three years. Dodd and Obama were closely
> followed by the last Democratic nominee, John Kerry, (D-Mass.) and
> then Senator Hillary Clinton, (D-N.Y.)
> What were these lobbyists buying for the milli ons they sprinkled
> around the Senate and House of Representatives? They were buying a
> blind eye. They were buying little or no oversight into the
> juggernaut that has finally crashed on the heads of the American
> taxpayer. CEO’s got rich, politicians got rich and they got votes,
> being able to tell minorities and the poor, “See what we are doing
> for you?” For years, the red flags were stuffed under the desk and
> Early in his administration, George Bush sounded an alarm over the
> small amount of working capital Fannie and Freddie had on hand. He
> urged them to sell more shares to increase their reserve in
> funding and put them on more stable ground. He urged them to be
> more selective in the loans they bought. This suggestion was
> declined because the current stockholders would not make as much
> Franklin Raines, the Fannie Ma e CEO from 1999 to 2004, decided to
> retire early, taking millions with him, under a cloud of
> accusations that he had cooked the books to make it appear the
> company was making20money instead of going head-long into debt.
> Another player in this financial kabuki dance is Jamie Gorelick.
> That name should ring a bell with every American. She seems to
> surface right at the heart of every American disaster in the last
> 15 years. Ms. Gorelick was vice-chair of Fannie Mae from 1997 to
> 2003. Like all the others, she left with millions in her pocket
> while declaring that Fannie Mae “is among the handful of
> top-quality institutions.'
> The next year it was found that Fannie was $9 billion dollars in
> the red. Oddly, this $9 billion had been overlooked in the books
> Ms. Gorelick and Mr. Raines kept.
> Let’s put Mr. Raines and Ms. Gorelick on the stand. The Ameri can
> people deserve to hear how much they gave lobbyists to pass on to
> their friends in Congress to keep the blinders on. That number is
> a staggering $16.2 million dollars since 1997. That amount bought
> very large blinders. And, it bought time. It bought time for the
> likes of Raines and Gorelick to make their millions and bow out
> before the bottom fell out.
> *Republican nominee John McCain raised the alarm two years ago but
> his plan for more oversight was killed in the Democrat-controlled
> committee. Over 20-year span, McCain took $20,000 but this did not
> stop him from voicin g his concerns.The problem was that Democrats
> didn’t want to hear about it.
> President Bush’s warnings were also ignored. Should Bush have done
> more? Yes. Unfortunately, Bush was distracted by the 9/11 attack
> and wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. So now, nearly ever y hour
> Americans watch as a pompous Chris Dodd or Barney Frank struts to
> a microphone to declare the “failed economic policies of the Bush
> administration are responsible for this mess.”
> No, Senator, he is not. YOU and your greedy friends are
> responsible. It took three decades to reach the point of no return
> and some were there with their hands out nearly all of those years.
> The Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a full
> investigation into all of this. This investigation will abruptly
> end should Barack Obama win in November. The last thing Democrats
> want is the American people learning how complicit so many of them
> are in the illegal practice at Fannie and Freddie that led to the
> taxpayers bearing the brunt of the their unbridled greed.
> While politicians want oversight over the “bail-out,” there has
> been little outcry for a n investigation into how all of this evolved.
> It’s time for Americans to go to their windows and throw them open
> and yell, “We are mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it
> Then, in November, vote the lot of them out of office.'
I have suspected some problems with snopes for some time now, but I have only caught them in half-truths. If there is any subjectivity they do an immediate full left rudder.
I have recently discovered that Snopes.com is owned by a flaming liberal and this man is in the tank for Obama. There are many things they have listed on their site as a hoax and yet you can go to Youtube yourself and find the video of Obama actually saying these things. So you see, you cannot and should not trust Snopes.com....ever for anything that remotely resembles truth! I don't even trust them to tell me if email chains are hoaxes anymore.
A few conservative speakers on Myspace told me about snopes.com a few months ago and I took it upon myself to do a little research to find out if it was true. Well, I found out for myself that it is true. This website is backing Obama and is covering up for him. They will say anything that makes him look bad is a hoax and they also tell lies on the other side about McCain and Palin.
Anyway just FYI please don't use Snopes.com anymore for fact checking and make your friends aware of their political leanings as well. Many people still think Snopes.com is neutral and they can be trusted as factual. We need to make sure everyone is aware that that is a hoax in itself.
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FROM THE LAND DOWN UNDER....
PLEASE READ TO THE VERY END,
IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
'MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL'
You say you will never forget where you were when
you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I.
I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room
with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I
held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the
peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it
is OK..I am ready to go.'
I was with his wife when he called as she fed
breakfast to their children. I held her up as she
tried to understand his words and as she realized
he wasn't coming home that night.
I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a
woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been
knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.
'Of course I will show you the way home - only
believe in Me now.'
I was at the base of the building with the Priest
ministering to the injured and devastated souls.
I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He
heard my voice and answered.
I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,
with every prayer. I was with the crew as they
were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the
believers there, comforting and assuring them that their
faith has saved them.
I was in Texas, Virginia, California, Michigan, Afghanistan.
I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news.
Did you sense Me?
I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew
every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me
for the first time on the 86th floor.
Some sought Me with their last breath.
Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the
smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take
my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me.
But, I was there.
I did not place you in the Tower that day. You
may not know why, but I do. However, if you were
there in that explosive moment in time, would you have
reached for Me?
Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey
for you.. But someday your journey will end. And I
will be there for you as well.. Seek Me now while I may
be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are
'ready to go.'
I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.
During the next 60 seconds, stop whatever you are
doing, and take this opportunity. (Literally it
is only 1 minute.) All you have to do is the
Stop and think and appreciate God's power
in your life, for doing what you know is pleasing to
Him. If you are not ashamed to do this, follow the
instructions. Jesus said, 'If you are ashamed of Me, I will be
ashamed of you before My Father'
If you are not ashamed, copy and send this message...only
if you believe 'Yes, I love my God. He is my
fountain of Life and My Savior. He Keeps me going day and
night. Without Him, I am no one. But with Him, I can do
everything. Christ is my strength.'
Prayer chain for our Military...please don't break it
THIS NEEDS TO GO AROUND THE USA MANY TIMES SO
KEEP IT GOING
The photo below captures a disturbing trend that is beginning to affect wildlife in the US .
Animals that were formerly self-sufficient are now showing signs of belonging to the Democratic Party... as they have apparently learned to just sit and wait for the government to step in and provide for their care and sustenance. This photo is of a Democrat black bear in Montana nicknamed 'Bearack Obama'!
Another version of the missing flag pin campaign, this time with more piss and outrage. Thanks Nicole.
> > > I just can't believe anyone in their right
> mind would> > vote for this idiot.> > > >
> > > > > > > > > > > > >
> Obama explains why he doesn't salute the US Flag >
> > > > > > > > I sure hope this gets
> around before Nov.!!!> > > > On Sat, 22 Mar 2008
> 18:48:04 -0400, '#########.
> forwarded> > the following: > > > > Hot on
> the heels of his explanation for why he no longer> >
> wears a flag pin,> > > > presidential candidate
> Senator Barack Obama was forced to> > explain why he
> > > doesn't follow protocol when the National
> Anthem is> > played. > > > > According to
> the United States Code, Title 36, Chapter 10,> > Sec.
> 171, > > During rendition of the national anthem when
> the flag is> > displayed, all> > present >
> > except those in uniform are expected to stand at
> attention> > facing the flag > > with the right
> hand over t he heart. > > > > 'As I've
> said about the flag pin, I don't want> > to be
> perceived as taking > > sides,' Obama said.
> 'There are a lot of people in> > the world to whom
> the > > American flag is a symbol of oppression. And
> the anthem> > itself conveys a > > war-like
> message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and> >
> all. It should > > be swapped for something less par
> ochial and less > > bellicose. I like the> >
> song > > 'I'd Like to Teach the World to
> Sing.' If that> > were our anthem, then I> >
> might > > salute it.' > > > > Yes,
> ladies and gentlemen, this could possibly be our> >
> next president!! > > I, for once, am speechless. He
> has absolutely NO pride > > in this> >
> country!!!!! > > This is outrageous!!!! He doesn't
> deserve to be > > dogcatcher!!! > > (Oh, sorry
> dogcatchers, I mean you no disrespect.) > > LET'S
> SEND THIS CLOWN DOWN THE ROAD KICKING ROCKS!!!!> >
> > > Forward this to EVERYONE YOU KNOW>
Do you know what happened this week back in 1850, 158 years ago?
California became a state.
The State had no electricity.
The State had no money.
Almost everyone spoke Spanish.
There were gunfights in the streets.
So basically, it was just like California today except the
women had real breasts and the men didn't hold hands.
From my right-wing father-in-law. Ugh. -Alissa
I hope this will make everyone take a second look and think again
about who they are giving their support come election time!
Revelations -- Chapter 13
This will make you think: A Trivia question in Sunday School:
How long is the beast allowed to have authority in Revelations?
In Revelations, Chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, and you know what that is. Almost a four-year term of a Presidency.
All I can say is 'Lord, Have mercy on us!' According to The Book of Revelations the anti-Christ is: The anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIM descent, who will deceive the nations with p ersuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal...the prophecy says that people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in power, will destroy everything..
Do we recognize this description?? I STRONGLY URGE each one of you to post this as many times as you can! Each opportunity that you have to send it to a friend or media outlet.. do it! I refuse to take a chance on this unknown candidate who came out of nowhere.
From: Dr. John Tisdale
Dear Friends, As I was listening to a news program last night, I watched in horror as Barack Obama made the statement with pride. . .'we are no longer a Christian nation; we are now a nation of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, . . .' As with so many other statements I've heard him (and his wife) make, I never thought I'd see the day that I'd hear something like that from a presidential candidate in this nation.
To think our forefathers fought and died for the right for our nation to be a Christian nation--and to have this man say with pride that we are no longer that. How far this nation has come from what our founding fathers intended it to be. I hope that each of you will do what I'm doing now--send your concerns, written simply and sincerely, to the Christians on your email list.
With God's help, and He is still in control of this nation and all else, we can show this man and the world in November that we are, indeed, still a Christian nation!
Please pray for our nation
Consider this map in NYC mortgage defaults in the context of Clinton’s gutting of loan requirements back in 1995 because after all, the need to have an income when buying a home is a form of discrimination. Not having the money for a down payment is a form of discrimination. Looking at one’s past credit history is a form of discrimination...thus the crisis we are in. And why shouldn’t welfare recipients not use their welfare checks (err I mean their “public assistance” checks) to buy homes???
This is exactly why liberal democrats block any form of regulatory oversight of Fanny and Freddie. They were too busy shoveling out the money and letting their friends walk off with $100Ms in bonuses and salaries as they defrauded Fanny and Freddie.
And with the help of the liberal media...the blame for this crisis is falling into the republican’s laps – and McCain’s lap –WHEN McCAIN WAS ONE OF THE WHISTLE BLOWERS ON THIS MESS. HE TRIED TO STOP IT!!! I am not a fan of McCain but facts are facts.
I wish this map was available for income rather than race/ethnicity...but it does tells a tale none the less.
No one is against helping people to some level...but the notion that “everyone deserves a home” has proven dangerously reckless and has helped bring the world’s banks to their knees. Poison paper = blended risk instruments. That was what Fanny was selling banks all over the world – poison paper where the underlying assets where a mix of good mortgages and bad mortgages...this is why this is so hard to sort out. Lending had no choice but to freeze-up – YOU CAN’T LEND (or BORROW) AGAINST ASSETS OF UNDETERMINED VALUE!!!
And remember the Clinton Administration imposed this lending on the banks – Fanny served to make the impractical not only possible...but in the short term – very profitable. With a government gun to their heads and ACORN storm troopers weeding out the unwilling and with money to be made...few banks would not fall into line.
And Obama helped ACORN threaten the banks that would not lend into this madness.
Subject: AS YOU READ THIS, ASK YOURSELF, WHERE DID THE $$ COME FROM.
To All My Friends, this is long, but very important, please take the time to read it, and then send it to everyone in your address book. We have to get this circulated before it is too late.
This election has me very worried. So many things to consider. About a year ago I would have voted for Obama. I have changed my mind three times since than. I watch all the news channels, jumping from one to another. I must say this drives my husband crazy. But, I feel if you view MSNBC , CNN, and Fox News , you might get some middle ground to work with. About six months ago, I started thinking 'where did the money come from for Obama'. I have four daughters who went to College, and we were middle class, and money was tight. We (including my girls) worked hard and there were lots of student loans.
I started looking into Obama's life.
Around 1979 Obama started college at Occidental in California . He is very open about his two years at Occidental, he tried all kinds of drugs and was wasting his time but, even though he had a brilliant mind, did not apply himself to his studies. 'Barry' (that was the name he used all his life) during this time had two roommates, Muhammad Hasan Chandoo and Wahid Hamid, both from Pakistan . During the summer of 1981, after his second year in college, he made a 'round the world' trip. Stopping to see his mother in Indonesia , next Hyderabad in India , three weeks in Karachi, Pakistan where he stayed with his roommate's family, then off to Africa to visit his father's family. My question - Where did he get the money for this trip? Nether I, nor any one of my children would have had money for a trip like this when they where in college. When he came back he started school at Columbia University in New York . It is at this time he wants everyone to call him Barack - not Barry. Do you know what the tuition is at Columbia ? It's not cheap! to say the least. Where did he get money for tuition? Student Loans? Maybe. After Columbia , he went to Chicago to work as a Community Organizer for $12,000. a year. Why Chicago ? Why not New York ? He was already living in New York .
By 'chance' he met Antoin 'Tony' Rezko, born in Aleppo Syria , and a real estate developer in Chicago . Rezko has been convicted of fraud and bribery this year. Rezko, was named 'Entrepreneur of the Decade' by the Arab-American Business and Professional Association'. About two years later, Obama entered Harvard Law School . Do you have any idea what tuition is for Harvard Law School ? Where did he get the money for Law School ? More student loans? After Law school, he went back to Chicago . Rezko offered him a job, which he turned down. But, he did take a job with Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Guess what? They represented 'Rezar' which Rezko's firm. Rezko was one of Obama's first major financial contributors when he ran for office in Chicago In 2003, Rezko threw an early fundraiser for Obama which Chicago Tribune reporter David Mendelland claims was instrumental in providing Obama with 'seed money' for his U.S. Senate race. In 2005, Obama purchased a new home in Kenwoood District of Chicago for $1.65 million (less than asking price). With ALL those Student Loans - Where did he get the money for the property? On the same day Rezko's wife, Rita, purchased the adjoining empty lot for full price. The London Times reported that Nadhmi Auchi, an Iraqi-born Billionaire loaned Rezko $3.5 million three weeks before Obama's new home was purchased. Obama met Nadhmi Auchi many times with Rezko.
Now, we have Obama running for President. Valerie Jarrett, was Michele Obama's boss. She is now Obama's chief advisor and he does not make any major decisions without talking to her first. Where was Jarrett born? Ready for this? Shiraz , Iran ! Do we see a pattern here? Or am I going crazy?
On May 10, 2008 The Times reported, Robert Malley advisor to Obama was 'sacked' after the press found out he was having regular contacts with 'Hamas', which controls Gaza and is connected with Iran . This past week, buried in the back part of the papers, Iraqi newspapers reported that during Obama's visit to Iraq, he asked their leaders to do nothing about the war until after he is elected, and he will 'Take care of things'.
Oh, and by the way, remember the college roommates that where born in Pakistan ? They are in charge of all those 'small' Internet campaign contribution for Obama. Where is that money coming from? The poor and middle class in this country? Or could it be from the Middle East ?
And the final bit of news. On September 7, 2008, The Washington Times posted a verbal slip that was made on 'This Week' with George Stephanapoulos. Obama on talking about his religion said, 'My Muslim faith'. When questioned, 'he make a mistake'. Some mistake!
All of the above information I got on line. If you would like to check it - Wikipedia, encyclopedia, Barack Obama; Tony Rezko; Valerie Jarrett: Daily Times - Obama visited Pakistan in 1981; The Washington Times - September 7, 2008; The Times May 10, 2008.
Now the BIG question - If I found out all this information on my own, Why haven't all of our 'intelligent' members of the press been reporting this?
A phrase that keeps ringing in my ear - 'Beware of the enemy from within'!!!
> > Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?
> > BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it
> was time for a
> > change! The chicken wanted change!
> > JOHN MC CAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the
> road because he
> > recognized the need to engage in cooperation and
> dialogue with all
> > the chickens on the other side of the road...
> > SARAH PALIN: BECAUSE, PRAISE JESUS, I WAS GONNA
> SHOOT HIS SORRY
> > LIBERAL ASS OFF FOR BLOCKING MY VIEW OF RUSSIA!
> > HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally
> helped that
> > little chicken to cross the road. This experience
> makes me uniquely
> > qualified to ensure right from Day One that every
> chicken in this
> > country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road.
> But then,
> > this really isn't about me.
> > GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the
> chicken crossed the
> > road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our
> side of the
> > road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for
> us. There is
> > no middle ground here.
> > DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?
> > COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can
> clearly see the
> > satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.
> > BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that
> chicken. What is
> > your definition of crossing?
> > AL GORE: I invented the chicken.
> > JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross
> the road, I am
> > now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I
> was misled
> > about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it
> now, and will remain
> > against it.
> > AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need
> some black
> > chickens.
> > DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this
> chicken won't
> > realize that he must first deal with the problem on
> this side of the
> > road before it goes after the problem on the other
> side of the road.
> > What we need to do is help him realize how stupid
> he's acting by not
> > taking on his current problems before adding new
> > OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having
> problems, which
> > is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead
> of having the
> > chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which
> is a part of
> > life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that
> he can just drive
> > across the road and not live his life like the rest of
> the chickens.
> > ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there
> is a chicken,
> > but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the
> other side of
> > the road.
> > NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because
> he's guilty! You
> > can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.
> > PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent,
> hardworking American.
> > MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way
> that chicken
> > was going. I had a standing order at the Farmers
> Market to sell my
> > eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No
> little bird gave
> > me any insider information.
> > DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross
> it with a
> > toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it
> crossed I've not
> > been told.
> > ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.
> > JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't
> you people see the
> > plain truth? That's why they call it the other
> side. Yes, my
> > friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that
> chicken, you will
> > become gay, too. I say we boycott all chickens until
> we sort out
> > this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes
> with seemingly
> > harmless phrases like the other side. That chicken
> should not be
> > crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as
> > GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken
> crossed the road.
> > Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and
> that was good
> > enough.
> > BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few
> moments, we will
> > be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time,
> the heart
> > warming story of how it experienced a serious case of
> molting, and
> > went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing
> the road.
> > ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the
> > JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world
> crossing roads
> > together, in peace.
> > BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2008, which
> will not only
> > cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important
> documents, and
> > balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an
> integral part of
> > eChicken2008. This new platform is much more stable
> and will never
> > crash.
> > ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the
> road, or did the
> > road move beneath the chicken?
> > COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?