Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Against the Bailout Part 2

Yesterday's article Oppose the Auto Bailout was not intended to be anti-union or anti-auto company, it's simply the opinion of an old fashion cheapskate. If the government is going to spend taxpayer dollars they need to ensure that those funds are not being wasted. There has been little effort to explain why pumping money into failed businesses will fix that failed business model. Voters should contact their lawmakers and let them know they will hold them responsible if they give automakers billions of taxpayer dollars only to see those business collapse in the future.

Contact Your Senator

Contact Your Congressman

Similar sentiments we're expressed by Senator Mitch McConnell (R - KY).
U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding proposed auto legislation:

“The auto industry is vitally important to our nation’s economy and it is vitally important to my home state of Kentucky. This is not in dispute. The question before us is how to reverse the decline of some of these auto manufacturers after decades of complicity between management and labor.

“I understand congressional Democrats sent a revised proposal to the White House late last night. We will reserve our judgment until we see the latest text. But the proposal we saw yesterday afternoon fails to achieve our goal of securing the long-term viability of ailing auto companies.

“I want to support a bill that revives this industry. But I will not support a bill that revives the patient with taxpayer dollars yet doesn’t secure a commitment that the patient will change its ways so future help isn’t needed.

“To do so would be a betrayal of the millions of hardworking taxpayers who are not at fault for the troubles in the auto industry. And it would be unfair to the millions of Americans who depend on these companies.

No Auto Bailout Part 2


I started blogging this election cycle as a way to support Senator McCain for President. Now that race has ended, I'm interested in blogging at different sites for different purposes. I will continue my original site Broad Side of the Barn as a light hearted site with some useful resources, however, it is in serious need of updating. Blog topics typically will fall under the heading of internet or politics, but other topics will be addressed as well. Some of these sites are derivatives of ones set up during the election, many of them still need significant work. Here are the blogs I plan on posting to and developing at this time. Thank you for visiting.

Experimental Blogging Trial and Error Site
StatesLocal Theme
Surround the Web Random
Purple People Vote The old version Purple People Vote
Divied Up Random
Cracked Back Random
Linked the Web Random
Web Driven Web Topics
U.S. Independent Politics - Independent
Circle the Web Random
Blog Gobbers Fun / Random
Practical 1 PoliticsPolitics
More PolsPolitics
Independent VotersPolitics
Local Republican RacesPolitics...only if contributors want it to continue
Indie-Site Politics / Independent
McCain Blogger Resources Internet? - Form? - Maybe?
Battleground States 08Politics
Web InquiryInternet
Independent VotersPolitics / Independent
Who Do I Vote For?Politics
Round FourRandom
Broad Side of the Barn StoreInternet / Sales - Affiliate Programs
Change Candidates Politics
Scienceless Tech and Science Interest
Fiscally Conservative Socially Moderate Independents Politics / Independent
BroadSideoftheBa... Humor Random
The Online VolunteerPhilanthropy
Blue Collar VotersPolitics
Independent Voter ResourcePolitics / Independent
Rambling WebPhilanthropy
In New HampshireNH Local

Here are a variety of other sites of interest. The Maine Tool Room, Dr. Dog Health Care, Blogs for Victory, USA.gov, Network for Good, The Red Cross, The Smithsonian, Zannel, AARA News Service, Real Clear Politics, Joe Lieberman, Righty Blogs

Friday, October 31, 2008

McCain Kudlow Interview - Keep Taxes Low Help the Economy

Excerpt from An Interview with Senator McCain by Larry Kudlow
McCain: Well, I try to talk about them more often. A lot of the people that come, frankly, are people that are having trouble staying in their homes, keeping their jobs, etcetera. But I think it goes back to all this business of Sen. Obama’s view of “fairness.” When Charlie Gibson said, why would you want to raise capital-gains taxes when you know it will decrease revenue? And he said in “fairness.” And he told Joe the Plumber — Joe the Plumber got the message through better, what we’ve been trying to do this whole campaign. [Obama] wants to “spread the wealth around.” That takes from the investor class. That takes money from one group of Americans and gives it to another.

Now that signal has been very clear. And I think people ought to pay attention to it, because it’s been tried before in other countries, and policies of other left-liberal administrations. It doesn’t work, and it’s bad for America. We want to encourage the investor class, and that means capital-gains and dividend taxes are low.

Kudlow: You’ve just unveiled a new tax cut on capital gains. Can you tell us about that? Because in some sense, that’s probably the most important investor class tax.

McCain: It’s the most important in many respects, Larry, and we want it low and we want it lowered. Every time — there’s one tax that there’s no argument about, that every time it’s been lowered since Jack Kennedy, we have seen an increase in revenues. Now, why anybody would argue, as Sen. Obama does, that we need to raise it, even if it’s — of course, the amount needed to raise it is varied with whatever poll he’s taken — but the point is that we want to lower it and keep it low and encourage investment, especially now in America in these difficult times.

Kudlow: But senator, what is — the current law rate is 15 percent.

McCain: Yeah, yeah.

Kudlow: You’re taking the cap-gains rate down to what?

McCain: First down to 10 percent, I would like to see it, and gradually even make it lower. Look, why should we tax people’s gains twice? Why should we tax them twice, okay? They make an investment, they should be able to get their returns on their investment. And capital gains is obviously — low capital-gains tax is probably the greatest incentive for investment that we have in America today. And so, look, I’ll be glad to listen to smart people like you, Larry, but the worst thing we can do is tell people we’re going to raise it, and that, obviously, would chill investment in America, right?

Media's Bias At Unprecedented Levels

Diane West of Townhall.com writes in her article Media's O-Colored Glasses Blank Out Leftist Truth about a very disturbing element of this election cycle. The media has abandoned its responsibility to vet candidates, and have instead ignored a myriad of radical associates of Senator Obama's and dubbed them 'off limits' or 'dirty tricks'. The reality is that if an average person had the associations that Senator Obama has they would be classified as a security threat, and likely wouldn't even be able to attend events like the Democratic convention. It has been noted elsewhere that Senator Obama couldn't even be cleared to be his own Secret Service agent because of these associations. However, the media doesn't care, they are campaigning for their favorite candidate and these issues are dubbed off limits by the most biased media coverage in modern US history.

At the beginning of Obama's life, for example, there was "Frank," Obama's boyhood mentor who appears in his 1995 memoir "Dreams from My Father." Accuracy In Media's Cliff Kincaid has identified "Frank" as Frank Marshall Davis, a known Stalinist in a Soviet-sponsored communist network in Hawaii. But Obama obscures Frank's identity in his book, even, as Sean Hannity has reported, going so far as to drop passages about "Frank" from the more recent, recorded version of the book. Why? The media never asked.

Later in Obama's life there was Mike Klonsky, an unreconstructed Marxist and erstwhile leader of an honest-to-goodness Maoist splinter group in the United States. Klonsky, like his buddy, ex-Weatherman William Ayers, spreads Marxism through education "reform." As the National Review Online's Andrew C. McCarthy reported, Obama directed nearly 2 million foundation dollars to fund Klonsky's ideas in the 1990s. More recently, Klonsky wrote a "social justice education" blog on the official Obama campaign Web site -- at least until a blog named Global Labor and Politics pointed this fact out. Klonsky's musings were summarily scrubbed from the campaign Web site in June. Why? The media never asked.

And so it goes. The assorted radicals -- from ACORN to Ayers, from anti-white Jeremiah Wright to Saudi-adviser Khalid al-Mansour to former PLO associate Rashid Khalidi -- who have peopled Obama's ideological passage from rising leftist to post-ideological cipher, have been lost in the blur to a media focused solely on their own prize: Obama in the White House.

Such focus has created a drastically blinkered journalism, particularly in these final weeks. Take the fact that the supposedly "post-racial" Obama once funded Afrocentric, race-focused education programs supported by Jeremiah "G -- - D -- - America" Wright. That was a juicy blend of hypocrisy and extremism (dug up by Stanley Kurtz), but the media just averted their eyes.

Or how about good, ol' William "America Makes Me Want to Puke" Ayers, whose own relationship with Klonsky (the Maoist mentioned above) goes back to the days of the SDS (Students for a Democratic Society)? Obama worked closely with Ayers to fund radical programs (such as Klonsky's) in Chicago, endorsed Ayers' work, and launched his political career in Ayers' home. This is the ideological and literal bomb-thrower Obama brushed off as just "a guy in my neighborhood." But the media saw nothing to it -- not even a piece of Obama's questionable pattern of collaboration with a series of people best described as unregenerate leftists.
Media's Bias At Unprecedented Levels

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Volunteer for McCain Palin

It's coming down to the last weeks of the election. The best way to help the McCain/Palin ticket is to volunteer. Contact your local McCain Victory Office or make calls to battleground states from your home with the Online Phone Bank. This is the time that matters most. For Senator McCain to win the White House his campaign needs volunteers making phone calls and knocking on doors. Please take the time to make even just a few phone calls a day. From home or from a Victory Office please volunteer, and be a part of history.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Speak Out Against Media Bias

The McCain Palin 2008 blog is sponsoring a petition protesting media bias with the support of groups/sites across the political spectrum. While many have witnessed a decisive pro-Obama slant in this news reporting during this election, this bias became glaringly apparent when Governor Palin was selected as the vice-presidential nominee. Whether it is an organization like the New York Times having to retract stories about Governor Palin because they printed rumor and not fact; networks investigating the children of the Governor; or network pundits questioning the Governor's 'mothering' skills, this over-the-top behavior and blatant bias is unacceptable. With over 1200 people having already signed we urge all readers to speak out against an irresponsible media by signing the following petition.

Petition - Speak Out Against Media Unfairness and Sexism

Petition Founder - McCain Palin 2008 Blog

Co-Sponsors -
Grizzly Groundswell
Free Me Now
Hillary Clinton Forum
Lets Get This Right
McCain Now
Palin for America
Puma Truth is Gold
Purple People Vote

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Make CNN Retract

In last nights CNN broadcast Cambell Brown, Jeffery Toobin, and others called the McCain campaign’s ad about Senator Obama’s support for a bill for ‘comprehensive sex education for kindergarteners’ a lie. One problem, they’re wrong. The text of the bill states,

"Each class or course in comprehensive sex education in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV."

They repeated the Obama campaign’s explanation that the bill was about ‘inappropriate touching’. Second problem, there is no reference to ‘inappropriate touching’ in the bill. Byron York of National Review researched this bill and provides and an explantion along with the text of the bill in his article On Sex-Ed Ad, McCain is Right. However, when this article was brought up during last night’s CNN broadcast it was dismissed.

CNN didn’t do their homework and they should appologize and retract their statement that the McCain campaign lied.

Contact CNN and demand a retraction.

Cambell Brown/Election Center Feedback Form

Report an error/Headline News feedback form

Make CNN Retract

Sunday, July 20, 2008

John McCain Download Center

Pick up some new sharp looking graphics at the John McCain Download Center

Bloggers / Surfers - Obama Iraq Video Update

Since the McCain campaign's YouTube Video 'The Obama Iraq Documentary: Whatever the Politics Demand' was released Thursday afternoon it has been viewed 95,000 times. Not bad since the McCain campaign has its own non-YouTube version running on its website. As noted in the last post, this still remains an excellent opportunity for bloggers, commenters, and web surfers alike to promote this video, and make sure people realize the numerous positions Senator Obama has taken to the Iraq war. Bloggers posting this video helps, but also linking to this video, discussing it on bulletin boards, putting it into comment posts, including in MySpace or Facebook pages, or simply emailing it to a friend is very useful. This is a complete circular group effort, more people join in the spreading this video, the more people see it, the more people will be willing spread the word even farther. Hope you'll consider linking, commenting, or emailing this video.

Here's a simple copy and paste link to the video...

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHEIi4XKRmM">Obama Iraq</a>

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Obama Iraq for Bloggers

Obama Iraq

*This is an excellent chance for bloggers to collectively have an impact. Post the Obama Iraq Documentary, and link to the video using the link <a href="http://youtube.com/watch?v=VHEIi4XKRmM">Obama Iraq</a>. Link to this video anywhere your can, comment sections, Digg, Del.icio.us, etc. This will not only push viewership of the video, a group effort could make in appear in the top spot of the search engines increasing viewership even more. Here's the code...

Best to get video code directly from YouTube so there are no copy and paste formatting errors

From Not-Obama.blogspot.com Bloggers Opportunity to Tag Obama on Iraq

Thursday, July 3, 2008

The No Unity Report Launched

The No Unity Report has launched. It will keep track of the 'No Unity' movement within the Democratic party from an outside perspective. The No Unity Report provides main stream media reports on this movement, including clips of 'No Unity' or 'Puma' members stating their case on the news. Readers are encouraged to submit news stories.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

McCain’s Growing Net Roots and Donations

The network of McCain supporter sites is going through a growth spurt, right, left, and center. On July 1st, the anniversary of John McCain’s promotion to Commander of Attack Squadron 174 in 1976, the founders of John McCain 2008 Social Network and McCain Now are launching LetsGetThisRight.com. They have worked tirelessly to launch a site that focuses on supporting Senator McCain and local Republicans across the country. They are looking to raise money for a series of candidates in important races.

On the other side of the spectrum, let me welcome Clinton supporters who now support Senator McCain to the club. The establishment and networking of Clinton supporters not willing to support Senator Obama, has been impressive to say the least. Over 125 sites and blogs have emerged within a few weeks. A list of all (or most) is available at Just Say No Deal. Here are a few that have already established a significant following. Clintons 4 McCain, Savage Politics, Puma Party (which includes the Puma Party forum), Done Dems, Hillary Clinton Forum, and Dems 4 McCain. Certainly, not all who have decided not to vote Obama have committed to voting McCain. However, there is mounting evidence that many Clinton supporters will vote McCain.

Some Hillary supporters have even decided to donate to Senator McCain’s campaign on July 4th. As a show of support, many long time McCain supporters have also agreed to contribute on that day. The request is that Hillary supporters make donations in amounts like $5.44, $25.44, or $125.44 and others donate in whole dollar amounts so Clinton supporters can be differentiated and counted.

Other new Pro-McCain sites include...
Battleground States ‘08 is a contributor based blog giving a state to state perspective on the presidential race.
Local Republicans similarly is a contributor based blog focused on down ticket candidates and state and local Republican candidates.
Grand Old Partisan is an excellent site for those interested in history. It remembers that the GOP is the party of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt.
Jews for McCain
Conservative Mom in a Liberal World
Its All Dicta
McCain Brigade
McCain Independent
McCain Supporters
Local Republicans
Obama Independent or McCain Independent?
Red Arizona
Right Score
Stop Obama Vote McCain
Democrats and Independents for McCain Social Network

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Citizens For McCain

citizens for mccain

<p><a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/citizens/">
<img src="http://images.johnmccain.com/Images/box/spot_hillary.jpg" alt="citizens for mccain" border="0"></a></p>

citizens for mccain

<p><a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/citizens/"><img
src="http://www.johnmccain.com/Images/spotlights/spot_citizensformccain_white.jpg" alt="citizens for mccain" border="0"></a></p>

citizens for mccain

<p><a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/citizens/"><img
src="http://www.broadsideofthebarn.com/images/mccain/citizens2.jpg" alt="citizens for mccain" border="0"></a></p>

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Highly Recommended Recruit Graphic

JohnMcCain.com has a new feature that allows people to sign up friends or upload their address book to bring on new volunteers. Email addresses are highly valuable to political campaigns please consider including the following graphic link on your site.

mccain recruit

<a href="http://johnmccain.com/ActionCenter/RecruitFriends/RecruitFriends.aspx">
<img src="http://www.broadsideofthebarn.com/images/mccain/5friends.jpg" width="121" height="94" border="0" alt="mccain

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Obama Iraq Widget

<script src="http://www.gop.com/Widget/ObamaIraq/ObamaIraq.js"></script>

Also available at GOP.com

Thursday, June 5, 2008

JohnMcCain.com Graphic Links

<a href="https://www.johnmccain.com/Secure/Signup.aspx"><img

<a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Calendar/"><img

<a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/about/"><img src="http://www.johnmccain.com/images/about/storyofjohnmccain.jpg"></a>

<a href="http://citizens.johnmccain.com/"><img src="http://www.johnmccain.com/Images/spotlights/spot_citizensformccain_white.jpg"></a>

<a href="http://www.johnmccain.com/Informing/Issues/4dbd2cc7-890e-47f1-882f-b8fc4cfecc78.htm"><img

<a href="https://www.johnmccain.com/CONTRIBUTE/ContributeB.aspx?guid=cb5fbe36-f396-4517-9ba0-b7204e4d6825"><img

<a href="http://www.johnmccain.com"><img src="http://www.johnmccain.com/Images/mccain_07_header_01.jpg"></a>

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

General Election Widget

This is a pretty cool widget...

To put this on your site either click on 'Get This Widget' or visit this Schmap link

Blogger Links

New sites supporting Senator McCain are appearing regularly. Here are a few that are worth a look.

McCain Independents
Bush McCain
Battleground States 08
Wiki Obama
Local Republicans
Obama Independents
Who Do I Vote For?
McCain Online Volunteer
Rabid Blue Dog Democrat
New Hampshire 4 McCain
McCain Democrats
Iraqi 4 McCain
Politico Mafioso - McCain Arizona
Red State Blue
McCain Jewish Vote
Vietnam Veterans for McCain

Slatecard Candidate Support

One way of help turn out for Senator McCain is to support local or down-ticket candidates. One easy way to do this online is to support candidates through Slatecard.com. You register, pick out candidates to support, then add as simple copy and paste to your blog which will allow people to contribute to those candidates online. It will look something like this...

*After selecting candidates click on 'My Slatecard' in the upper right hand corner, then click 'Grab widget code'.

Monday, June 2, 2008

News Feeds

Your site's feed (RSS or Atoms usually a link at the bottom of your blog) can be made into a stand alone news feed. A site that make this easy is SpringWidgets.com. Your feed's address can simply be entered at the following page and they will lead you through the set-up, which will result in a simple copy and paste code that can be put on most any web page to show off your blog headlines.

Express Feed at Spring Widgets

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

McCain Blogger Goodies

In case you haven't been by yet the John McCain web site has been updated and redesigned. McCain graphics and icons are available. Please drop a note if you know the location of the campaign's newer graphics. Saw some new graphics recently, but can't find them now. - Thanks.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Be Nice to Clinton Supporters

First off, my apologies to most of you who don't need a manners lesson. However, there is an odd dynamic that is particularly apparent online of Obama supporters being excedingly nasty to Clinton supporter. Obviously primaries create tension between candidates and supporters, yet the Obama/Clinton competition is making the McCain/Romney competition look like a tea party. Many Obama bloggers in particular have made exceeding nasty and crass about Clinton and her supporters creating a resentment that may or may not heal before the general election. McCain and McCain supporters have the potential to win over some votes simply based on decency and respect. Senator McCain's bipartisan work in the Senate and his long held stance against dirty campaigning, (such as being the only Republican to condemn the Swift Boat attacks against Senator Kerry) give him an opportunity with moderates, independents, and former Clinton supports. Certainly, I'm not suggesting that conservatives should suddenly become more liberal, simply be aware who is out in cyberspace.

*One comment I've seen on several blogs is that the implication by the media that Clinton supporters are uneducated or low-class is wearing very thin for many Clinton supporters.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Focus on a Target Group

Targetting a specific audience is often suggested when marketting a website or blog. This holds true for political blogs as well. If there is particular group that you belong to or viewpoint that you take, make it part of your blog. Whether it is a focus on your particular state, it is the viewpoint of a veteran, or a mother, or an independent voter that brings that unique quality to your site, it allows others in that group to relate to you better. Starting a social networking group and linking to it from your site can be a good way to create an additional feature for your readers. Facebook, MySpace, McCainNow, and John McCain 2008 all allow for users to start their own groups.

For some it may make sense to start a sister blog that focusses more specifically on that group that you belong to. Material can be shared between the two blogs or be targetted to the two different audiences. Campaigns similarly target voters in this way seeking to win 'the women's vote', 'the conservative vote', or 'the hispanic vote'. Bloggers focussing on these groups can help extend the reach of the campaign to these target key demographics.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Adsense for McCain Bloggers

Adsense is a simple advertising service for publishers that allows sites to host ads, and get paid when viewers click on them. This is not a get rich quick scheme, but Adsense can help defray hosting or other incidental costs. This is most effective for sites that have consistent traffic and are well networked, as there is a minimum payout level. These ads can be formatted to be as subtle or as loud as desired. There is a row of ads below this post and a box of ads on the right side menu about half way down. Google gives a number of format and style options. While clicking on ones own ads isn't kosher, clicking on the ads of a freind's site or another site is sort like giving the site/host a tip. If you use blogger.com then you already have a Google account and setting up an Adsense account is a fairly simple step that allows you to integrated ads right into your posts. For Word Press and other bloggers Adsense is also available. Creating an account though at Adsense is a fairly simple process that they lead you through.

Give A Friend A Link

The importance of linking is not only the traffic generated through that link, but links are a key element of how search engines determine the importance and ranking of a site. With a group of like the McCain/MV08 bloggers, it is simply beneficial to all involved to give another site in the network, your buddy, a friendly, or well-liked site a link. Here are some ways people like to link...

The Quote: "The House of Representatives faces a historic choice next week when it votes on whether or not to pass the New GI Bill. This vote decides whether our nation will honor its newest generation of veterans and invest in the future of the men and women who have been serving in harm's way. We need your help." from Mad Irish Man's Conservative Consortium

The Plug: Here a couple new blogs worth checking out...

McCain Independents focuses on Snator McCain's support among Independent voters.

Now Hampshire - New Hampshire news and politics.

The Story: John McCain shows support from a wide range of groups including Blue Dog Democrats, Independent Voters, Jewish Voters, McCain Moms, Libertarian Voters, Rudy Supporters, Veteran Voters, and Asian American Voters making up a broad coalition of voters.

*Also and example of keyword links.

Keyword Links: In it's simplest form these links use relevant keywords to link to sites or particular pages within a site. This can help a site/page win over particular keywords. They can be within the context of an article or simply as a random group of words as follows...

Bassoon Profiler Bassoon Reed Profiler Bassoon Reed Carver Oboe Gouge Machine Oboe Gouger Oboe Reed Gouger Dog Lawn Dog Lawn Spots Natural Flea Collar Dog Insect Collar Cat Glucosamine Purple States

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Blog Entry Titles

The title of your blog posts can be an important factor in whether people find you through search engines. Remember to include search engine keywords in the titles of your posts. Whether your post dicusses health care, the economy, or foreign policy, posting with a short descriptive title can bring traffic your way. There is plenty of competition for keywords and search engine traffic so if your title is both unique and descriptive your chances at winning visitors increases. Think about what people may be looking for both now and in the future. For example, if you establish a link that targets the Novemer elections today that may bring you more traffic as November approaches than it will today, but it is still valuable traffic coming to your site.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Increase in McCain Blogs and Websites

While the McCain online presence has lagged behind the Democrats, there has been a recent increase in supporter run pages. A key element of connecting and promoting the average McCain blogger or site owner has been the McCain Victory 08 Blog Roll. This lists many of the active pro-McCain sites on the web. Some of these sites are strictly dedicated to supporting Senator McCain for President, while others focus on other topics yet also are signed on as McCain supporters. For example this post was originally published at Broad Side of the Barn, a site with a broad focus yet often used to host McCain related pages like the McCain Traffic page. An affiliate of that site is Purple People Vote, a site for Independents and Moderates that is focused on the presidential race. Yet recently there has been the addition of sites like McCain Google Groups, which focuses on state based volunteering and resouces. A couple new and promising social network sites have emerged, McCain Now and John McCain 2008. These site include a variety of features such as individual blogs, and topic discussions. They add a new wrinkle to McCain SocNets; though MySpace and Facebook still have active McCain groups too. A couple of the major McCain contributor based blogs include Blogs 4 McCain and Blogs for McCain Victory. There is always a need to increase the reach of the McCain online presence. For those who would like to become bloggers, or would like blogging tips there is McCain Blogger Resources. It includes a simple how to article for McCain supporters to set up there own blog. As more sites go online an join the growing McCain blogger/online volunteer community the message and reach of the McCain campaign is given a better opportunity to grow. Bloggers, site owners, network managers all welcome newcomers and hope you will consider volunteering online and off.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Welcome MV08 Bloggers and Bloggers To Be

Welcome MV08 Bloggers and Bloggers To Be. The McCain Blogger Resource Site has been set up to provide you with easy to use tools and widgets for your sites. Also we feature a number of 'how to articles', and suggestions for promoting and running your blog. If you are new to blogging or the internet don't be discouraged, blogs were created to be used by people who have little to no technical experience. You can view our article, 'How to Create A Pro-McCain Blog', or your blog can be set up for you by contacting Michael Shuyler at michael@schuyler.com. We hope everyone will consider joining our MV08 blog roll. It helps bring traffic to your site, allows you to network with other pro-McCain bloggers, and provides periodic email updates on relevant blogger issues (if so desired). Please don't hesitate to leave comments and/or questions as we want help in any way we can.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Join the McCain Bulletin Network

The McCain Bulletin Network has been created to quickly broadcast breaking McCain news or action items. Bloggers only have to include the word "Bulletin" in the title of their post and their article will be displayed in the 'McCain Bulletin Network'. Simply post your blog or feed in the comment section of this site (or email me) to be added to the network. If you'd like to post bulletins, but either don't have a blog or don't want to post them to your blog that can be arranged; just leave a comment or send me an email.

Visit/Subscribe or Bookmark 'Bulletins'

RSS 'Bulletin' Feed

Add 'Bulletins' to your site/blog with simple copy and paste code...

<!--rss2javascript begin-->
<script language=javascript src="http://www.rss2javascript.com/rss2javascript.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpipes.yahoo.com%2Fpipes%2Fpipe.run%3F_id%3DqHb7N78F3RGPpdrcMlrX_Q%26_render%3Drss&width=200 &columns=1&bgcolor=FFFFFF&fontsize=12 &textcolor=000000&bordercolor=000000 &desc=0&new_win=1&num=0&font=Arial">
<!--rss2javascript end-->

Monday, April 7, 2008

A Late Comer to Facebook and Social Networking

I've come to Facebook and social networking kicking and screaming. The idea of telling a bunch of people I don't know about myself, and what I'm doing every minute of the day has held no appeal for me. However, I'm starting to understand the draw, and the utility for a blogger and site owner. You are able to connect with others better and convey information in a more fun and appealing way than is often available through blogs. Finding people with like interests is not only a way to promote yourself, but it's also a way to learn from others. As for the privacy element, you choose to share what you want with whom you want. While I am far from being able to give any sort of expert advice, I can say it is worth a try for bloggers and non-bloggers alike.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

EZ Blog Promotion 123

1. Comment on other people's blogs

2. Trade links

3. Submit blogs to pingers, search and blog services like technorati.com, dmoz.org, and pingomatic.com

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Blogger Tip

Post Frequently! It can be brief. It can feature a quote, or exerpt from someone else (make sure you give them credit and a link), YouTube can help in a pinch, or it can simply be a brief update. As a blogger that prefers to wait to post until I have something intelligent to say, I've found out that can make for long waits between posts and that doesn't help increase traffic. Try posting articles daily for a 3 weeks and see if traffic increases, if it doesn't then you can go back to a casual poster.

Useful McCain Links...
Mad Irishman Conservative Consortium
Blogs for Victory
McCain Blogger Resources
John McCain 2008 Network
Vets for McCain
McCain Google Groups
Blogs 4 McCain

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

McCarnival Article/Site Promotion

Visit Blog Carnival to submit an article to McCarnival a weekly round up of McCain related articles. A good way to promote an article and establish links.

Thanks to McCainBlogs.com

Friday, March 14, 2008

Buttons and Links for McCain

Still looking for buttons and graphic links to pro-McCain sites. Here are a few examples...

If you'd like a graphic created for you contact Sherican at madirishmaninc at comcast.net

Monday, March 10, 2008

McCain Online Volunteer

As a partner site to McCain Blogger Resources there is now McCain Online Volunteer

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Sunday, March 9, 2008

Carnival Round Up for McCain

The first McCarnival for McCain ….. from McCainBlogs

Some people are saying they need a reason to vote for McCain. Well, if you are looking for a reason you can find several at Sanity102. Malia writes Give me a reason to vote for McCain, how’s this? She then cites several excellent reasons including his stance on entitlement programs, earmark and pork barrel spending and what I consider the most important reasons, our troops and the Global War on Terror.

If you need an enthusiastic reminder of why you are excited that John McCain will, in all likelihood, be our next Commander in Chief, then you might want to check out Colecurtis The McCain Monitor’s post titled: This Video Clip Never Ceases To Amaze But Inspire Me…He Is Still Here For A Reason. Vicki plays a video that most of us have seen before, but its good to see it again. She reminds us that sometimes we lose sight of the man when we get wrapped up in the politics and oration connected with a campaign. She gives us a reminder of who John McCain, the man, is. ‘Then from out of the crowd you hear a soft but confident voice …. ‘. Go read the rest.
Matt has The ad that is going to win the election. posted at McCainiac. He reminds us of the resistance that Churchill faces when he stood his ground against the Nazis. Its a good reminder of why we need to stand our ground against radical Islamic extremism.

The Marathon Pundit takes a hard look at Obama’s legislative record while he was an Illinois State Senator. In his post Obama’s state legislative record–he got a lot of help provides information on Obama’s starmaker, Emil Jones.

Fausta’s blog has a rather frightening comparison of the man Obama and the man McCain in The Great Non Sequitur. Do you really know who Obama is? What does Obama really offer us as opposed to what he says he offers us? Fausta has some thoughts and facts on that. Its pretty sobering.

The Median Sib gives a passionate and personal argument for why she hopes John McCain is the one who answers that now famous 3 a.m. phone call. In her post Clinton, McCain, Obama: Who do you want for president? she explains why she feels McCain has the integrity, experience, wisdom and courage to deal with whatever is on the other end of that phone call.

Pat at . . . With Both Hands writes a screenplay based on the tete-a-tete between John McCain and a New York Times reporter who apparently was trying to get an angry reaction from McCain. You remember the incident that was played repeatedly as McCain losing his temper. It was a non-starter. Pat plays it out as John McCain Beat the Press or A Man for All Snakes on a Plane

New York for McCain share the McCain profile on 60 Minutes…. Its really is a great profile and well worth watching and sharing with others.

You can find The First 5 of the Top 10 Reasons to be Leary of Barack Obama at the McCain Jewish Coalition of Illinois blog. This article is written from the perspective of why the Jewish community should be leary of Obama. Of course I can think of reasons for most communities to be leery of Obama. The reasons cited by Alan Weisz in this post are certainly applicable to all of us who are Jewish and Christian. Just as Neville Chamberlain believed he could talk to and work with the Nazis, Obama believes he can talk to, reason with and work with the Islamofascists. That naiveté is dangerous for us in the West in particular and for the world as a whole.

Lee Vogler offers us a very passionate and personal post in which he explains What John McCain Means to Me. Lee is a twenty-year-old who describes himself as a political guru (among other things). He uses his blog, Lee Vogler’s Political Points to give us ‘a campaign view from a college eye’. I found his post inspiring. I hope you will go read it.

Christopher Hedges wonders Could McCain Democrats Make The Difference? He relates to us that many Clinton supporters have said they will vote for McCain if Hillary isn’t the democratic nominee and compares them to Reagan democrats.

Still Stacy has a Lolobama for us to enjoy! She’s Still Stacy–Smarter Than The Average Blonde and calls her Lolobama OBAMAVELATION. If you frequent I Can Has Cheezburger? you’ll like this.

Over at 84rules, criticism of the 2005 “Gang of 14″ deal is under the microscope with The Base Is Wrong About The Gang Of 14, with the on-point reminder that if we Republicans lose the White House and don’t get back the Senate, the “nuclear” option will be used against us. (Remember the Coalition of the Chillin’? I was a charter member!)

Army wife (aka “Hooah Wife“) and real-life pal of mine Greta breaks out some video with Reason 7 gazillion to vote for John McCain, which she also posted at Louisiana Conservative. The video is funny, but it’s more realistic than I think the creators intended.

Another good friend, Shannon Nicki (she’s gonna kill me) from The Birthplace of the Process of Illogical Logic, mulls over the “Hussein” question with What’s in a name?, and decides that it’s probably better to just stick with referring to him as the more appropriate B.O. Bonus: Photoshoppy goodness!

Jefferson Poole at Blue Grass, Red State takes a thoughtful look at the Man in the Arena and is struck by its message, saying “the strength exhibited by extraordinary leaders of the past is demonstrated to be a necessity of the present for the health of the future.” He sees a bold and courageous leader as we’ve seen in years past with Teddy Roosevelt and Winston Churchill. That leader is Senator John McCain, and he is the right man for our time.

Economy and health care are two critical issues in this election, says Haydee Florez at America’s Best Choice. We Republicans may not talk about those issues as much as they do on the Left, but we should, as our candidate has the right solutions, which she outlines in her post.

Indiana University student J Will at The Wi11is says John McCain needs an internet video girl for guys like him, like Obama Girl and the others that he showcases in Annihilation Tuesday–a, shall we say, unconventional look at the online campaigns.

Over at Right Wing Nation, Rightwingprof speaks to my inner political wonk with some excellent analysis of polling data in Americans First, Americans Last, Americans Always. If he’s right (and I think he is), we’ll be in good shape in November.

MV08 blogroll-keeper Michael Schuyler of Reality Bytes deconstructs the opposition’s arguments with The Real Deal on the Tanker Deal, an issue that few really understand, while the opposition demagogues it to death. I’m glad he’s explained it, because all I’ve seen is left-wing attacks on McCain thus far. Knowledge is power!

James Carder, who writes at ELECTION 2008: Do We Need Change for the Sake of Change?, left the Republican Party in 2003 but he’s come home for John McCain, as I’m certain others will. James says Don’t Fault John McCain on Iraq - Just Be Thankful That He’s Still Around!, a piece that should appeal strongly to others who are disaffected with the Iraq war. Even though he’s opposed to the war, he understands that since we’re there, we need to finish the job the right way. James, as an independent, has the vote that all the candidates want–and he has chosen John McCain.

Right Wing Squadron’s Boomer asks about The New York Times - Why did they endorse John McCain when they had alleged “dirt” on him? I think that’s a question to which we probably know the real answer, but it’d be nice if there would ever be some honesty from the New York Times. If there were ever doubt that they’re all in for the Democrats, they’ve erased it.

The Old Grey Lady just keeps on trying to find something they can pin on McCain to ruin him. Our good friend, William Teach at The Pirate’s Cove uses a sports analogy to keep score on how the New York Times is doing in their quest to bring McCain down. First they were ‘just wondering’ if McCain had an affair. Then they got to wondering if McCain might not be eligible to run for President since he’d been born out of the country while his parents were serving in the military. Now the Grey Lady Is Just “Wondering” About McCain Getting Cancer Again. The Old Grey Lady keeps playing the same game and keeps losing.

Beth of MY Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is looking for a new church and is wondering if it matters what they believe and preach there. She says, I’ve found a church! and even though they preach against every thing she believes in that’s okay because she’s not responsible for what they believe. Sounds like twisted logic doesn’t it? Why, yes it does! She goes on to debunk the arguments of the many apologists of the hate-cult church that Barack Obama has chosen to attend for the past twenty years. You know … if it quacks like a duck ….. Go read her post. Its enlightening.

Beth at Blue Star Chronicles says that Obama Could Put an End to Destructive Racial Politics if He Had the Courage. She wonders why he doesn’t show the leadership and courage to speak openly and with conviction to his followers about their insistence that Obama should not be submitted to the same scrutiny as every other politician. That’s not the behavior of a leader. Its certainly not the behavior we expect to see in someone who aspires to be President of the United States.

More useful links...
Broad Side of the Barn
Purple People Vote
NH 4 McCain
Broad Side of the Barn Blog
Broad Store
McCain States
McCain Victory
Blogs 4 McCain
Web Inquiry
McCain Blogger Resources
Blogs for Victory
McCain Online Volunteer
SC for McCain
IA for McCain
Circle the Web
Rambling Web
Linked the Web

Saturday, March 8, 2008

How to Create a Pro-McCain Blog

If you are a McCain supporter, you can also be a McCain blogger. Blogs are specifically designed so that users can publish online with out any technical expertise. Blogs help candidates get their message out and increase their buzz in cyberspace. If you like to write this is an ideal way to help Senator McCain. In reality one doesn't even need to be a writer to manage a blog as posts from other bloggers can be used. As long as you link to the original article this practice is welcome as it helps promote the writers article and blog. If you are new to blogs I recommend using Blogger.com to set up your blog. It's free and it's easy, and there's no commitment, which makes it worthwhile to least give blogging a try. All you need is an email address...

1. Go to Blogger.com and create an account. This simply consists of entering an email address and picking a password. You'll be sent a confirmation email, then you're set to go.

2. Pick a name and address for your blog. Blogger.com will let you know what names/addresses are available.

3. Choose a template. You'll be given several options for what your blog can look like. This can be modified or changed at any time.

4. Post a message. A simple welcome message will work.

That's it you have a functional blog that you can post to routinely. You can go under the layout tab and change and change page elements, or colors. You can provide more details about yourself under 'edit profile'. While there are a number of ways one can customize their blog that's completely optional. Simple blogs can be just as engaging and effective as highly customized blogs.

*Two suggestions: Join the McCain Blog Roll . This is done by selecting 'Add a Page Element' under the template/layout tab, choosing the HTML/JavaScript option, and copying and pasting a piece of code into the given box. Second go to technorati.com sign up for an account then 'Claim Your Blog'. This will help people find your blog, and will help the other blogs that you choose to link to.

**If looking for material to publish you may also want to look at McCain Blogger Resources for articles to use in your blog, or use the sites listed in the McCain Blog Roll to find articles.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

New Graphics Links

Adding these two graphic links to your blog/site would be greatly appreciated. The top link promotes this site so that McCain bloggers have access to the latest graphics/links and promotional tools. The second link is a new graphics for the old MV08 email sign-up. It's fine to use either this graphic or the original blue box sign-up link, which ever fits your site better. Click here for the copy and paste code for these two graphic links.

blogger resources

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Digg and Del.icio.us

Here are a couple excellent sites for bloggers and surfers. First, digg.com allows users to sumbit and vote for articles. This increases viewership of these articles, and allows one to find others with similar interests. Second is del.icio.us. This site has created a unique way of bookmarking that not only allows you to share your bookmarks and favorite articles, but it has unique ways of adding releveant materials to ones own blog through the use of widgets. Again, like digg, this allows a blogger to reach a new audience and find others with similar interests. If McCain bloggers take advantage of these tools it can help increase exposure to ones own site as well bring more attention to pro-McCain articles and groups.

There is easy registration at both sites just click on the following links...



More deatiled 'how to' articles to come.

Thanks to bamapachyderm.com for the heads up and overview of digg and del.icio.us.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Adding Meta Tags to a Blog

Meta tags are one of the things
search engines use to classify your blog. The way you fill out your tags
helps determine how your site appears
in search engines like Google and Yahoo. Here's what title and meta tags
look like...

Click for more info and examples of title and meta tags including a copy and paste version.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

'How To' Articles

Thanks to http://www.agkyra.com/ and http://michaelschuyler.blogspot.com/ the new 'How To' Articles include a description of how to create a McCain FeedFlare and also a Feed List. Please let me know if you would either like to submit or request a 'How To' article.

Monday, February 18, 2008

MV08 Blogger Request

In order to expand the rolls of the McCainVictory08.com group we hope bloggers will consider adding the email sign up box to their site. The blue box and link to the copy and paste code are available in the right-hand margin.

Also, campaigns obviously need money and it would certainly be appreciated if bloggers would provide a link to the McCain campaign's donation form. Copy and paste codes are below in the previous post (and also available through the side links).

Space is often a premium on blogs, so thank you for your willingness to add these pro-McCain items to your site.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Donation Graphics

Hopefully Pro-McCain bloggers will be willing to add a donation graphic/link to their site to help with fundraising efforts. Just copy and paste the code below the graphic for these graphic links to appear on your site. The graphics can be resized. If you need help in fitting them into your blog please leave a comment asking for help.

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

McCain Blogger Resources

This blog exists as a repository for McCain Blogger Resources. A collection of graphics, links, widgets, and feeds to make it easy for pro-McCain bloggers. There will also be guides and 'how to' articles to help out first time or new bloggers. Please let us know if you'd like a blog, but aren't comfortable with the technical aspects. We have people who are willing to create blogs so that all the owner has to do is write and/or post articles, i.e. no set up necessary.