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September 12, 2008

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Bob

I doubt the President of the United States will be "emailing" Hugo Chavez, and Am-a-ham-sandwich, etc. when dealing with foreign policy!

Extraneus

Yeah, he has to either try to reclaim "change" or find something else, which will probably take some trial and error. Should be fun.

DebinNC

From Politico:
Pivotting off McCain saying at the Columbia forum, "“Listen, mayors have the toughest job, I think, in America. It's easy for me to go to Washington and, frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have.”... Dems are "roaring back" with a new theme - "out of touch, out of touch, out of touch."

MayBee

OMG! Gordon Brown is going to be like, so pissed when he finds out Barack waited 3 hours to return his poke, when Barack returned a chat request from Sarkozy right away.

clarice

Have they made a big ad buy for this one in Florida?
Geniuses at work.

Extraneus

Kind of dumb, though. Can they argue that Sarah's out of touch? They've raised her profile so high they'd better come up with something they can pin on her at the same time.

Perhaps something along a positive line, such as an idea or proposal?

bgates

It's better than the first draft, where the Obama campaign pointed out that McCain doesn't even know how to make crack out of blow.

clarice

Why doesn't he just go with --good old but IMPROVED..like Tide does when they introduce a new product?

clarice

DING!!begates wins again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MayBee

Asked by Judy Woodruff of PBS about Palin's stint as “a small-town mayor,” McCain replied: “Listen, mayors have the toughest job, I think, in America. It's easy for me to go to Washington and, frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have.”

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) told reporters on the call that is “a critical comment by John McCain that evidences why he really isn’t going to bring change.”

“I have been with John McCain in Washington, and I think what he said reflects the reality of many people,” Durbin said. “But even worse is the situation that his economic policies that he wants to continue with George Bush have failed. If he would, you know, be in the real world of American families in New York, Illinois or Florida, he would understand that.”

Who is more self-aware?
The guy that realizes as Senator that he is a bit divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have?
Or the Senator that thinks he is in the 'real world' of American families?

DebinNC

How much more out of touch can one be than to believe it's wrong for a doctor to save a baby who survives an abortion or that homeowners who use a gun to defend themselves against intruders should be prosecuted?

GMax

Lets see if the McCain campaign has a sharp sense of humor on this. They could do an ad that was simply McCain fiddling with his phone and not looking up and then saying, Oh sorry but you know e-mail is so old school. I was just texting out a message to some supporters about how we are going to change Washington. Wont you join with me?

I am Johnny Mav and I most excellently approved this message!

Extraneus

No, Jake's not liking Sarah.

DebinNC

How out of touch must one be to think Uncle Jeremiah and Bomber Bill are "mainstream"?

MayBee

Jake is equal opportunity, and that's pretty amazing this cycle.
Look at his post above that one, extraneus.

MayBee

It isn't like blackberrying from the backseat of the limo while you bring your two daughters to their $20,000/year school wins you the title of Mr. In Touch.

Barney Frank

Gmax,
LOL

Topsecretk9

Boy, the left sure doesn't get it. McCain said last night:

“Listen, mayors have the toughest job, I think, in America. It's easy for me to go to Washington and, frankly, be somewhat divorced from the day-to-day challenges people have.”

and they honestly think this is a bad thing, and exploitable thing.

They have no clue how helpful to McCain this statement is. Voters KNOW this to be true and a politician who is honest with voters and recognizes this indisputable reality, that the way congress works they are somewhat divorced from day-to-day challenges people have, increases his appeal.

Danube of Thought

Wouldn't this be a hoot?

"Gallup writes:

"'If these numbers are sustained through Election Day -- a big if -- Republicans could be expected to regain control of the U.S. House of Representatives.'"

From RCP.

Pofarmer

I'm sure that all of those 40 ,50, and 60 something blue collar workers that BO is supposedly trying to attract have never had problems with a snootty managerial type when they couldn't get the computer to do exactly what it was supposed to. To bad this wasn't a national buy. If he tries real hard, I bet he can piss off the whole electorate by November.

SWarren

Wow! Is Sarah going to bging us a Republican Congress too?

LUN

Go Sarah!!!

Topsecretk9

Oh, Maybee said it already...and better.

Perfect Sense

Lincoln was so stupid, he didn't even know how to use a telephone.
That dolt FDR never mastered the FAX machine.

Topsecretk9

Gmax,
LOL

from me too.

kim

I'd like Jake Tapper to explain to me and the world how man is making the globe cooler.
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MayBee

Tops- exactly.

Doh

Drudge:
"SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID REFERS TO 'PRESIDENT MCCAIN'... DEVELOPING..."

LUN

Extraneus

Yeah, I've been impressed with his fairness so far, but I thought the two on Palin today were kind of juvenile, and the global warming one wasn't fair.

Sue

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID REFERS TO 'PRESIDENT MCCAIN'... DEVELOPING...

Via drudge...

Teehee...

Perfect Sense

Can "master-of-the-universe" Obama land a fighter/bomber at night on a carrier, during a storm?

Topsecretk9

Ace has a new post--

AP Poll: McCain has "the Right Type" of Experience for POTUS, 80-15; Obama Doesn't, 46 (Yes) to 47 (No)

LUN

70% say Palin was right to say yes to be running mate.

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Also, Andrew Sullivan said McCain's appearance on the Vue (View?) destroyed his candidacy.

Sue

Can "master-of-the-universe" Obama land a fighter/bomber at night on a carrier, during a storm?

Sure. He mastered Wii a long time ago.

Enlightened

Heh! I said this on the other smear thread -
"Palin's next in-depth interview should be with Fox and Sean Hannity. I see no reason why Hannity needs to be fair and balanced since there clearly is no such thing."

and now look at this:

Hannity On Deck For Palin Interview

Sean Hannity took issue with Charlie Gibson's interview with Gov. Sarah Palin yesterday, calling his question on her religious comments "out of context" and "totally misconstrued."

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/fnc/hannity_on_deck_for_palin_interview_94371.asp?c=rss

SHHHWEEET.

bgates

I'm sure that all of those 40 ,50, and 60 something blue collar workers
My wife is a 29-year-old native Californian with an engineering degree, and if she were allowed to take a pocket calculator to work and submit expense reports via carrier pigeon nothing would make her happier.

Me, I've spent the last 2 hours fuming over a script that reliably hangs every second time I try to extract a source code revision to a tarball (iow, i m teh haxor!!one), and I'm ready to vote for the first person who vows to ban these damnable machines.

Paul Zrimsek

It's 3 a.m. and the phone is ringing. So why is your VCR flashing 12:00 12:00 12:00?

DebinNC

From Politico:

Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) plans to release 10 years of his tax returns on Friday morning, pressuring his Republican counterpart, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, to do the same, Politico has learned.

The move is part of a fresh aggressiveness from Barack Obama's campaign, which wants to discredit the new posture by John McCain as the candidate of real change.

But Biden, until forced to this year, refused to release a list of his earmarks over his 36 years in the Senate and was one of only 29 die-hards who voted against the new bill which requires doing so. Politico goes on to say the Dems are looking to see whether Palin paid taxes on her per diem.

TigerPaw

Luddite McCain ought to do a commercial asking email boy Barack ought to release all his emails to and from Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers and Rev. Wright.

fdcol63

kim,

/sarc

It's simple really. We saw it in the movie "The Day After Tomorrow".

Man-made global warming is melting all the ice. The ice melt runs into the oceans, cooling them.

Then all these big storms and hurricanes and tornados scoop up all that cold ice water in the oceans and Gulf of Mexico, and drop it on land.

Where it becomes ice again, reflecting sunlight back into space.

/end sarc

M. Simon

It's better than the first draft, where the Obama campaign pointed out that McCain doesn't even know how to make crack out of blow.

Now there is a bicarbonate moment.

J Verner

Have they made a big ad buy for this one in Florida?
Geniuses at work.

Oh, I hope so too Clarice! That ad should do a bang up job with the blue hair early bird special crowd.

When is somebody going to accuse Obama of AGEISM! Where's the AARP when you need them! (That last bit was written with sarcasm)

LindaK

Email to BO campaign: McCain is not trying to get hired by the WH IT department.

You'd be better off accusing him of not knowing the difference between arugula and romaine. Just a thought.

Captain Hate

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.)

Don't think I didn't notice this, MayBee! Well done!!

DebinNC

"Also, Andrew Sullivan said McCain's appearance on the Vue (View?) destroyed his candidacy."

I refuse to read or link AS or watch The View, but I heard Whoopi asked McCain if he would make her a slave. Unless he said "Yes", I think he's okay. I also heard that the token non-lib on the panel is in trouble for divulging that Michelle Obama appeared only after the show promised not to bring up certain topics.

Extraneus

Besides, one thing presidents can't do is email. Bush used to like it as gov, if I remember right, but was advised never to use it as president. I think he even lamented over this somewhere along the line.

MayBee

Paul Zrimsek

Hilarious!!!

MayBee

Exraneus- I remember that. He said he told his family (daughters) not to email him as President, because their communications could become public record.

MayBee

I think McCain should release an ad in Florida where he accuses Obama of driving fast over speed bumps and letting his kids splash in the pool.

GMax

Boy I have not done taxes in a long time but seems to me that per diem is not taxable. That is why employers use it, you dont have to have a bunch of receipts and paperwork and its just reimbursing expenses that are business related and as such they would offset. It kinda of like the effort to document it all is not worth the hassle. I would bet a lunch on this, but I am not going to be able to quote title and verse out of IRS code or regs for you. Once upon a time I know this was exactly the case.

Wouldnt some smarty smarty young DNC lawyer already know that?

Extraneus

LOL, MayBee. :-)

Kendell

Funny video from Ace of Spades site:

In the DNC War Room...

clarice

MayBee's on a roll today.

MayBee

I know when I received per diems they were not taxable. They were considered a reimbursement for expenses, as GMax said.
That was a while ago, though.

Reimbursements aren't taxable, so it wouldn't make sense for per diems to be.

Jim

Thanks a lot, Kendall, now my sides ache.

Sue

A per diem is not income. It is a reimbursement for expenses. The IRS allows so much per day without receipts.

DebinNC

Politico: News reports from Alaska have said that Palin collected per diem travel payments even when she was at home, and the Obama-Biden campaign wants reporters to see if she paid taxes on it.

DrJ

CACklers,

Steve Diamond and I have exchanged a few email messages about his globallabor site being inaccessible. He has closed the blog for the moment because of the Human Events story, which "is completely
ridiculous and makes up things I did not say."

He has also closed his law school email address, and requests any university-related business sent to him by mail to the School of Law.

As was mentioned before, he is looking for a retraction. Though his words were few, he sounded very angry. It is not at all clear whether he will reopen the blog or not.

This is a terrible shame.

papeehara

OBAMBI'S "COMPUTER ILLITERATE" JAB IS EVEN BETTER THAN HIS V.P.'S LATEST GAFFE: TELLING CHARLIE TO STAND UP...EXCEPT THAT CHARLIE IS WHEELCHAIR BOUND!!! MCAIN'S BROKEN ARMS MAY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH HIS E MAIL AND COMPUTER ILLITERACY??????

Ranger

http://freedomsdefensefund.com/videos.html> New ads running in Michigan

These are gona leave a mark.

Politico goes on to say the Dems are looking to see whether Palin paid taxes on her per diem.


Posted by: DebinNC | September 12, 2008 at 02:59 PM

Ummmm... when I was on active duty, per diem wasn't considered reportable income. It's compensation for increased exspenses incured due to being away from your duty station. The only way I think you can get in trouble with it is if you take per diem and then also claim per diem as an uncompensated profesional exspense on your taxes.

DebinNC

Her per diem was just under $17,000. Meanwhile, she stopped accepting the chef, the personal driver, and the state jet. I don't see the sense in making an issue of her piddly by comparison per diem.

GMax

On a quick search I found this like right away.

Using this method, the IRS will ASSUME that the amounts for
lodging, meals and incidental expenses are substantiated WITHOUT ANY FURTHER PROOF

The only issue could possibly be if Alaska has per diem rates higher than federal per diem rates. That could or could not be taxable depending on why the amount over the Federal rate was given. If Alaska documented that its more expensive in Alaska for some expenses adequately, it still would be assumed to be substantiated. I think they will come up with nothing again.

Ranger

News reports from Alaska have said that Palin collected per diem travel payments even when she was at home, and the Obama-Biden campaign wants reporters to see if she paid taxes on it.

Posted by: DebinNC | September 12, 2008 at 03:38 PM

Well, that might make sense if her home was her duty station, but since her duty station is in the capital, the per diem while at home is resonable. When she goes home she has to stock up on food or eat out. I don't think they expect the family to leave the fridge stocked for weeks while they are not living there.

GMax

A full years per diem at $60 a day would be right at $17,000. Doesnt sound outrageous to me until I know more facts.

Or is this stupid democrats again? ( but I repeat myself ).

MayBee

Where does her family live?

Sue

They could be looking to see if she claimed any of the amounts she was reimbursed for as a deduction on her tax return. You are only allowed to use a per diem as a deduction if you weren't reimbursed for it. Hopefully, her accountant/tax preparer was good.

DebinNC

Kendell, thanks for that. LOL LOL LOL

George F

"IRS Provides Guidance on Per Diem Expense Reimbursements Paid By Employers

IR-2006-175, Nov. 9, 2006

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today issued guidance emphasizing the need for employers to track the amount of expense reimbursement allowances paid to employees on a per diem basis.

Revenue Ruling 2006-56 tells employers that if they routinely pay per diem allowances in excess of the federal per diem rates, but do not track the allowances and do not require the employees either to actually substantiate all the expenses or pay back the excess amounts, and do not include the excess amounts in the employee’s income and wages, then the entire amount of the expense allowances is subject to income tax and employment tax.

Generally, amounts employers pay employees to reimburse them for substantiated business expenses are not subject to income tax or employment tax. For reimbursements for expenses for meals and other incidentals associated with business travel, employees get this exclusion for reimbursements for each day of travel up to the federal per diem rates without having to actually substantiate the amounts of the expenses. However, if an employer pays expense allowances that exceed the federal per diem rates, the excess amounts are subject to income tax and employment tax if they are not repaid to the employer, unless the employee actually substantiates all of the expenses covered by the per diem allowance."LUN

Per diem rates (2008):
Locality Seasons
Lodging
Local Meals
Prop. Meals
Local Incidental

WASILLA 05/01-09/30
144
71
40
18
WASILLA 10/01-04/30
89
66
38
17

http://www.gsa.gov/Portal/gsa/ep/contentView.do?contentId=17943&contentType=GSA_BASIC

Disclaimer: I am not a tax accountant. In fact, I am probably no better at taxes than Rangell.

GMax

If the State of Alaska pays for lodging for the state executives ( and maybe legislators too ) while in Juneau and they can save that cost by having work done at home, then the per diem payments would make sense as a business decision and since they are per diem and you do not have to have receipts you can have zero expenses and still have zero tax liability.

I still dont see an issue and how much is the tax on 17,000? $2500 if it was all taxable.

Hey Dems, have you heard about Charlie Rangel? He did not know you had to pay taxes on rent received as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee who writes the tax laws...

clarice

zthe Wsr room video is fantastic!

fdcol63

So .... is anyone looking into Obama's or Biden's per diem and expense reports?

Barney Frank

In fact, I am probably no better at taxes than Rangell.

Then I hope you like your cellmates with a pound or two of bear grease in their hair and a voice that sounds like the rusty hinge on a graveyard gate.

fdcol63

" ... Then I hope you like your cellmates with a pound or two of bear grease in their hair and a voice that sounds like the rusty hinge on a graveyard gate. ..."

I thought Hillary would be in a female prison. LOL

Barney Frank

I thought Hillary would be in a female prison.

Why?

PeterUK

I presume that to join the realms of The Exalted One,he would need the requisite technology,a Whiteberry perhaps.

Danube of Thought

Biden to withdraw in favor of Hillary? Canada Free Press, citing "sources," thinks so. LUN

fdcol63

Why?

Because I think Hillary perjured herself when she repeatedly testified, under oath, that she could not remember/could not find her Rose Law firm billing records concerning Madison Guaranty ... that magically reappeared one day in the White House.

matt

what gets me is that when watching McCain, he really connects with people. He is thoughtful, fully engaged, and consistent. His opponent, on the other hand, has more twists than a philly pretzel and pauses, stutters, and seems to dissemble even with softball questions.

McCain has only very limited use of his arms, which may well explain the lack of computer expertise....if this is in fact the case, Barry just stepped into another pile of doggy doo....

Elliott

Via Hot Air, Tapper has this:

"So when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting 'Country First,'" Obama said, "it’s fair to ask – which country?"

Um…isn't that pretty much the dictionary definition of questioning someone's patriotism?

Was it just three weeks ago we were privileged to hear these immortal words:

These -- these are the policies I will pursue. And in the weeks ahead, I look forward to debating them with John McCain.

But what I will not do is suggest that the senator takes his positions for political purposes, because one of the things that we have to change in our politics is the idea that people cannot disagree without challenging each other's character and each other's patriotism.

(APPLAUSE)

The times are too serious, the stakes are too high for this same partisan playbook. So let us agree that patriotism has no party. I love this country, and so do you, and so does John McCain.

It's Obama's good fortune that John McCain doesn't know how to email anyone about this.

PeterUK

""So when American workers hear John McCain talking about putting 'Country First,'" Obama said, "it’s fair to ask – which country?"

Well McCain fought for America,this question is best asked of Barrack Hussein Obama,crypto-communist with a chequered past.

Danube of Thought

A delightful excerpt from CNN:

"But then Sen. John McCain picked telegenic and nationally unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, and the press corps traveling with Biden's campaign dwindled to a skeleton crew.

"An index released by the LexisNexis Analytics 2008 election dashboard showed Palin received nine times the media coverage that her counterpart did during the first week of September, which included the Republican National Convention."

Someone should ask Richard Cohen: Is this the most ridiculous selection since Caligula made his horse a consul?

M. Simon

PeterUK,

What is with ∅? He keeps reminding people of things he should make them want to forget.

He is without a doubt a stupider campaigner than Kerry. And to think there was a time when I thought no campaigner could be stupider than Kerry.

BTW the Adolf War Room video is up on YouTube. Link at Classical Values for all my blogger friends.

bad

Ace's war room is great.

Buford Gooch

In the DNC War Room...
Is that Axelrod playing the main part, or is it Rezko?

Buford Gooch

It's Axelrod playing the main part. How did they talk him into that?

Danube of Thought

My goodness, but the trolls are in the deepest of funks today. I would say that morale is at an all-time low for them, and it's only going to get worse. They seem sullen, morose...

Danube of Thought

Re McCain and e-mail:

"From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000):

"McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes."

The One's campaign has walked into the propeller blade on this one.

Pofarmer

Serves the arrogant assholes right, DOT.

bad

DoT

I hope they were just stupid and not malicious. If they did the ad with knowledge of his injuries then I am once again amazed at the amount of depravity involved.

Sara (Pal2Pal)

There are lots of reasons people much younger than Obama don't use email, not the least of which is that they can't afford a computer and they don't have Mommy or Daddy's Internet account to use.

But, this is indicative of a much bigger problem and perception illustrated by a job interview I had a couple of years ago.

After being on hiatus from the job market for 6 years as I took care of my Mom, I was ready to go back to work. I wasn't looking to pick up on a career track, just a job that paid enough to supplement my retirement. I applied and got an interview for a webmaster position.

I brought with me examples of several computer databases I had designed, several interactive websites I designed and included an online retail business where I not only ran the business but set up the website and the shopping cart, all of which I was proud of. After a perfunctory interview, the young man said to me, "But you've no proof you know how to surf the Net." In other words, you're too old bitch, don't waste my time.

Pauld

With the news of yet another dumb mistake from the the O'Bama camp (McCain cannot use a computer keyboard because of severe war injuries), I am beginning to wonder whether God is on McCain side. Maybe Governor Palin is onto something?

matt

Instapundit confirms, via national review, that McCain cannot use his hands to type because of the injuries sustained when he ejected, after which he was tortured.

screw that incompetent, nasty bastard Obama! Politics of Change. What a load of crap!

molon labe

The ancient Greeks said, "Those whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad."

Lot of howling dark madness coming from the left these last few years. They are embracing that darkness deep in their hearts and it is eating at them. What is so very dangerous is that it is eating at our country as well.

The left, and especially the media, need to be slapped down hard in this election -- so hard that the politics of personal destruction becomes off-limits for a generation or more.

matt

amen, molon

PeterUK

"My goodness, but the trolls are in the deepest of funks today. I would say that morale is at an all-time low for them, and it's only going to get worse. They seem sullen, morose..."

Could be they are overdosing,hanging from the guttering and slashing their wrists.Eight more years in the wilderness,the socialist utopia postponed.

Barney Frank

Someone should ask Richard Cohen: Is this the most ridiculous selection since Caligula made his horse a consul?

If Cohen had been talking about Biden he'd have been half right.

M. Simon

I have some text and the Obama video at Classical Values.

You can snatch the YouTube url from the video for blogging.

H/T to JOM of course.

M. Simon

The One's campaign has walked into the propeller blade on this one.

Not just the propeller. He is totally pwned by the Defecator.

Just when he was getting over the pig he turns into a swine.

Patricia Downing

McCain can't use a computer because of his PHYSICAL condition..just like he can't tie his shoes or throw a ball.

He was TORTURED and had his bones broken time after time, and things that are easy for the rest of us are very difficult for him.

kim

I just love it when lurkers are so outraged that they find voice.
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fdcol63

Perhaps we'll see a mass exodus to France or Canada after election day.

Max Regor

If she was reimbursed for the expense of going between her home and one of her offices, that most likely would be taxable, since commuting expenses are not deductible. It would be a fringe benefit. Still governor is a unique position, it is hard to tell. The elephant in the room is Biden. There is evidence he may have charged some commuting expense to his campaign. Whether he charged some of his commuting expense to his Senatorial allowances is something no one seems interested in?

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