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The “I have a bracelet too – let me read the name here” just turned more disgusting.

Pumas Unleashed reports that

Shockingly, however, Madison resident Brian Jopek, the father of Ryan Jopek, the young soldier who tragically lost his life to a roadside bomb in 2006, recently said on a Wisconsin Public Radio show that his family had asked Barack Obama to stop wearing the bracelet with his son’s name on it. Yet Obama continues to do so despite the wishes of the family.


Radio host Glenn Moberg of the show “Route 51″ asked Mr. Jopek, a man who believes in the efforts in Iraq and is not in favor of Obama’s positions on the war, what he and his ex-wife think of Obama continually using their son’s name on the campaign trail.

and thry added

“she wasn’t looking to turn it into a big media event” and “just wanted it to be something between Barack Obama and herself.” Apparently, they were all shocked it became such a big deal.

I am too. And Obama’s media is silent

Political Punch mentions it – ambiguously enough ending with

I have a call into the Obama campaign and Tracy Jopek to find out more about this story, and will let you know what they say.

And the mother proved to be a B0bot, therefore the media is picking up the story

The news

After midnight on Capitol Hill negotiators emerged to announce that a verbal bailout deal had been reached between Congressional Democrats and House GOP negotiator and whip Roy Blunt.

The Paulson/Dodd proposal was amended

Most importantly, Democratic giveaways to leftist public interest groups, such as ACORN and La Raza, were removed from the bill. The Dodd-Paulson bill, which was heralded as a completed bipartisan deal on Thursday afternoon (notwithstanding the lack of House GOP approval), contained a provision which provided for 20% of any profits realized on the sale of any asset purchased via the bailout to be funneled to the Housing Trust Fund and the Capital Magnet Fund. These two Funds would then hand out grants to service organizations, such as ACORN Housing, an offshoot of ACORN. Amazingly, the provision did not require an overall profit on the 700 Billion dollar investment – just profit on any individual transaction.

The “Golden parachutes” on CEOs were also curtailed

and a McCain proposal is included

The entity to be created as now envisioned by teh bailout bill in some respects is similar to the Mortgage and Financial Institutions (MFI) Trust proposed by McCain about 10 days ago.

Earlier on Politico reported that Acorn was fueling the opposition

Earlier today, when House Republican leadership framed its opposition to the bailout bill as it currently stands, a principal objection focused on the group ACORN, which the e-mail alert called “the scandal-tarnished ‘community organizing group'” — with scare quotes in the original.

from their statement

“The draft bill includes a left-wing giveaway that would force taxpayers to bankroll a slush fund for a discredited ally of the Democratic Party,” reads one leadership alert. “At issue is ACORN, an organization fraught with controversy for, among other scandals, its fraudulent voter registration activities on behalf of Democratic candidates. Rather than returning any profits made in the long-term from the economic rescue package, Democrats want to first reward their radical allies at ACORN for their (often illegal) help in getting Democrats elected to office.”

and they were adamant about it

Regardless, House Republicans are saying that unless the possibility of ACORN seeing any money from this bailout is eliminated, there’s no deal. “Doling out favors to ACORN and other liberal special interest groups are a non-starter for House Republicans,” said Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith. “If Rep. Frank wants to keep ACORN in the bill he can secure the necessary Democratic votes for passage because he’ll need every one of them.”

And they won.


and where the spin will be to favor Obama somehow, I’ll extract some facts

GOP lawmakers credit McCain with working quietly Friday and Saturday to coax some of those skeptics into supporting a deal of some kind. On Saturday, McCain worked from a call list of at least 20 lawmakers, aides said — and some lists even included skeptical Democrats.

“He understands what the House Republican concerns have been and has been helpful in moving the bill in that direction,” said Rep. Adam H. Putnam (R-Fla.), a member of the House GOP leadership. “But he has done so in a low-key, under-the-radar way that doesn’t defeat the larger purpose.”

And some of the prior machinations

Gregg told Politico Friday that the Thursday compromise wouldn’t have come together so quickly if Democrats hadn’t known that McCain was on his way. “We wouldn’t have had as much movement] as we did have, if he hadn’t come to town and some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle wanted to upstage him,” Gregg said.

Which is pathetic, in light of the fact that both Paulson and Reid asked for his help. And the “deal” according to Lieberman, didn’t even exist. But they wanted McCain to say “it’s OK” on a nothing – and he didn’t – thus the publicity that “he said nothing in the White House meeting”

With the deal struck, Republicans in the House believed that the trap was set, not so much for McCain as for their own leader, Boehner.

As House Republicans saw it, Democrats and the White House were close to a deal and just needed McCain to sign on so they could roll Boehner under the bus and claim a bipartisan victory.

Boehner himself had emerged from a brief meeting with McCain earlier that day in his Capitol office unsure what the presidential candidate would do.

But if the Democrats and the White House were ready for a game of “ganging up on Boehner” – as the minority leader would describe it later – McCain didn’t play along.

and then McCain framed the deal

But he told the group that Pelosi had a choice: She could either allow her negotiators to craft a package that Republicans would accept, or she could make it a partisan vote by attaching the plan to a must-pass stop-gap funding bill that lawmakers from both parties would be compelled to support.

If she chose the latter category, McCain told the Republican leaders that they could vote against the hugely unpopular measure and he would help them make that vote a campaign issue on the trail.

Me, I am not happy that there is a bailout at all – although, even Krugman thought something had to be done. But I have a glimmer of hope in an actual election now that Acorn didn’t slurp billions of our tax money.


On the talk shows, McCain took no credit for the agreement,

“I’ll let you and others be the judge of that,” he replied.

Politico – which has the opposite title of LA Times adds that he said

McCain himself was modest, saying on ABC’s “This Week” that congressional negotiators deserve “great credit” for the bipartisan deal. “”It wasn’t because of me,” McCain said. “They did it themselves.”

Obama said mcCain did nothing

Asked by Bob Schieffer on CBS’ “Face the Nation” if his rival should be seen as a major player in the agreement on a plan, Obama had a one-word answer: “No.”

Which is to be expected from Mr “I have a bracelet too”

And what McCain brought in? Check it here  , in chart form

Still, Obama insists. anything good is his doing


Excellent graphic of Acorn connections

Not Your Sweetie

September 2008