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    Thank you Obama. While I tend to lean a little right during presidential elections my vote has been swinging back and forth between you and McCain so far this election. In fact I do have a minor lack of confidence latey in Palin as the right person to lead this country in the case that McCain's health fails (hes old with some health issues ya know) and it was going to make Election '08 a tough choice for me.

    My day goes something like this. Phone calls right when I wake up feeding me some one-sided view. On the way to work I ride the light rail and read the newspaper, usually containing some biased opinion about you or McCain which I attempt to avoid reading. Some more phone calls from one side or the other trying to get my vote. Then I go to lunch. Walking down the outdoor mall to buy food I get harassed by nice young people (usually from the democratic party) telling me whatever BS sounds nice trying to win over my vote. Then I go back to work and usually have a phone call or two from friends where we discuss the election (the only time I actually have an enlightened conversation concerning politics). Ride home on light rail . . . alright I wont go on the trend continues

    I hear and see lopsided views concerning Election '08 all day long. Political parties are getting way too invasive into life. I didn't ask for phone calls. I didn't ask to be chased down the street. I didn't ask for a freaking AppStore app.

    I see you have published a nice little app. I must admit that it is well done and feature rich. I also will concede that it was most likely a great move by your team. I wish I has thought of it and sold you the idea.



    Now I can get my Obama fix easily and conveniently from my phone with your very clean app. I can watch videos on youtube, read some news, subscribe to your txt msg and email updates, figure out where the local dems are holding events, read your policies on the issues, sign up to work for you (for free), and even call my friends in battleground states to force my political views on with the awesome battle ground state contact call list. If that isn't enough I can also choose to give you money!

    Get out of my phone Obama. Your app annoys me. Politicians already push their policies and agendas in enough mediums during election time. Campaign propaganda is unavoidable. I shiver at the thought that minor local candidates for future elections may follow in your footsteps and flood the AppStore with biased crap.

    This kind of thing doesn't belong on the AppStore from either party or any candidate. Yes I realize I don't have to download it but I don't feel that it needs to be there in the first place. Thank you Apple for rejecting solid apps like Podcaster (don't worry we have you covered) while allowing the AppStore to be flooded with countless numbers of countdown apps, tip calculators, other mindless crap, and now propaganda direct from Politicians.

    /rant

    while discussion is encouraged here, if you can't help but post things insulting people for their political beliefs then kindly do not post.

    Oh yeah and to all the devs, designers, and management that made this app happen: Raven Zachary, Jason Grigsby, Jonathan Wight, Lyza Gardner, Aileen Jeffries, John Keith, Dom Sagolla, Mike Lee, Louie Mantia, Tristan O’Tierney. Very well done. Creative way to support your candidate of choice and I'm impressed. I'm not fond of this avenue being opened as a possibility for Politicians to campaign. Or maybe I'm jealous. Either way well executed app.

    edit: I see ads on my site that I have never seen before since I typically avoid politics when I post. I see Election '08 ads. I almost regret writing this post.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Politicians Get OUT OF MY IPHONE started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 135 Comments
    1. SpiceLMF's Avatar
      SpiceLMF -
      Happy Noodle Boy, thanks for all the clarification. I just started reading the thread and was itching to clarify some statements myself.

      Just to add, as for the Capital Gains Tax, that would also be only for families earning over 250k. Therefore, making the case that a higher capital gains tax will severely hurt a retired/older person who is no longer earning an income and relying on their nest egg doesn't really make sense. Unless they're somehow retired and making 200-250k then their nest egg shouldn't see an increase in tax. Additionally, Obama proposes to eliminate taxes for seniors making under 50k. As for the effect on small businesses, factcheck.org actually found that the majority of small business owners would see no change or a reduction in taxes: FactCheck.org: McCain's Small-Business Bunk

      But to the point of this thread, I understand why some may find this app over the top but personally it's extremely useful for me. I volunteer for the Obama campaign, just started recently b/c I believe in his cause and thought I should do everything in my power to help. This app, like many others is just a means to make things easier for people. Just like my to-do list app and flashlight app, this is just another app that makes my life easier. I don't think it's geared towards the undecideds to shove information down their throats but just a clever way to make life easier for his volunteers or people who are already in support of him.

      Additionally, as someone who does have the awkward tasks of calling people and knocking on doors, I understand it can be a pain for people who get badgered. If you don't want to talk though, simply tell me and you'll get removed from the Obama list. If you're a supporter of McCain my response is "Ok then, well thanks for your time. Have a great day" and you won't be called again. The reason why I do it isn't to annoy people, it's for the people that actually want to speak to me. I was amazed to find some people really did want to talk, voice their concerns, ask questions or just tell me about the troubles they were going through and how they hoped whoever got elected would help their situation. I'm a normal everyday person, that's concerned for her country and is concerned for the people I speak to who are in a real tight spot.
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Wow, there are some bitter Republicans on here! But I guess it is tough seeing your political ideology exposed for a fraud. Having driven the economy into the ground, having sent US foreign policy into chaos and having bogged down the federal budget with two wars and the greatest increase in federal spending in US history, the Republicans still can't come up with a single new idea.

      Which is why November 4th will be a historic landslide. The Democrats will get 60 seats in the Senate, 20-25 more seats in the House and Barack Obama will be the 44th President.

      You broke it. We'll fix it.

      Furthermore, the premise of this post is ridiculous. Who says the iPhone must be used only for mindless entertainment purposes? Not I.
    1. slayorktc's Avatar
      slayorktc -
      OBAMA ALL THE WAY!!! The republican administration has ruined this country! Get some different blood... (instead of the lying cheats... )

      also "a MEN!" to the above post..
    1. zauriel's Avatar
      zauriel -
      Quote Originally Posted by chasev2 View Post
      Wow, there are some bitter Republicans on here! But I guess it is tough seeing your political ideology exposed for a fraud. Having driven the economy into the ground, having sent US foreign policy into chaos and having bogged down the federal budget with two wars and the greatest increase in federal spending in US history, the Republicans still can't come up with a single new idea.

      Which is why November 4th will be a historic landslide. The Democrats will get 60 seats in the Senate, 20-25 more seats in the House and Barack Obama will be the 44th President.

      You broke it. We'll fix it.
      Fix it, eh? By continuing to increase spending instead of cutting it, taxing the businesses that provide jobs to Americans in a time where unemployment is skyrocketing, enacting socialist programs like government-run healthcare, and being cozy with and obtaining advice from those associated with the mismanagement of the financial lenders that caused this economic crisis? Yeah, thanks ... but no.

      Republicans came up with the idea to regulate Fannie and Freddie 5 years ago. It wasn't a new idea but it was unpopular on the hill; the Democrats, who weren't even in power in Congress, led the way to defeating any attempt to do so, stating that there were no problems at those institutions. As for the wars, Afghanistan was necessary and that's agreed upon by Democrats and Republicans alike. And I'd rather have spent the funds we have to fight in and rebuild Iraq than sat idly by and done nothing just to save some money. Instead of pipe-dreaming about world peace, it'd be really swell if liberals came to the realization that wars are inevitable; they'll never go away, it's just a matter of what's worth fighting for or not. Poll the military (who volunteered, btw ... nobody twisted their arms) and you'll find that the vast majority want to stay and get the job done, not be pulled out prematurely. The sad truth of the matter is that it really should be the job of the U.N., not America, to police tyrants and dictators, but the U.N. has become a castrated congregation capable of performing no task other than handing out warnings over and over, with an occasional sanction. Like the guarantees from lenders on the mortgages they've given, they've become worthless.

      If more Americans followed the trail of the where this financial crisis started, instead of falling under the stereotypical spell that Democrats are better on the economy than Republicans (the only reason why Obama rose in the polls again; otherwise McCain would still be out front), I wouldn't be nearly as worried about the prospects this Nov. 4th. But I grow increasingly more concerned by the day that this inexperienced, ultra-liberal (moderate he is not) egomaniac will grab the presidency.
    1. 02589's Avatar
      02589 -
      If you cared one bit about Saturday Night Live, you would vote McCain/Palin.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by 02589 View Post
      If you cared one bit about Saturday Night Live, you would vote McCain/Palin.
      Tina Fey doesn't like the part :P

      As it turns out, Fey would rather not see Palin become a regular character on “SNL.”

      “I want to be done playing this lady November 5th,” Fey said when asked backstage about how she feels about the election. “So, if anyone can help me be done playing her on November 5th…”

      Fey added that Palin “seems like a perfectly nice lady,” but that she had been reluctant at first to admit that they look alike.

      “I was very resistant to acknowledge that there was a resemblance,” Fey said. “Then my kid saw Sarah Palin on TV and said ‘That’s Mommy.’”

      Finally, Fey asked enlisted reporters’ help in finding her purse, which disappeared after she left it under her seat in L.A.’s Nokia theater. “If anyone sees a small purple purse with an iPhone in it with a picture of a naked toddler,” she said.
    1. geoffl1's Avatar
      geoffl1 -
      cash... one thing i've noticed is that most mac owners/users are liberals. that being said, even though it's your site, as soon as they read that you "lean towards the right" they like to bash you for not agreeing with them.

      everytime i see an "im a mac" commercial i replace the word mac with lib. lol
    1. yowiphone's Avatar
      yowiphone -
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      //ut this thread is starting to feel like something i've experienced //efore...

      perhaps it's nothing, but i am getting this feeling 9000 times stronger then i have ever //efore...

      is someone going to start typing "the best the best the best"

      ... in all seriousness do we really need to see PedoBear here? I mean c'mon what happend to what happens on // Stays on //?

      Or didn't you read the rules?
    1. JazJon's Avatar
      JazJon -
      I have to disagree as well. This strong opinion doesn't seem worthy of being elevated to front page news.
    1. cfrazie88's Avatar
      cfrazie88 -
      Are Christian Republicans really that stupid? Have they spent too much time in the bible book (sorry, "The Bible") rather than the a real book? I live in San Francisco and I have suprisingly a lot of Christian Republicans friends. The funniest thing is that they all sound the same. They live 100 miles apart from each other, but say the exact same thing, have the exact same racist jokes and all have serious problems at home. Yet, they dress well and hide all their problems. They can at times make some of the most hateful statements I've ever heard then utter their Christian contraditory propoganda. The right-wing Christian church is obviously brainwashing them. Oh, and by the way these are the same guys that barely made it out of high school and none have graduated college. They are white or hispanic with the latter thinking their the former. What ever happened to separation of church and state? Apparantly, that does happen in a Christian church. I think ALL religions should be banned! It is cleary causing more problems than solving them.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by cfrazie88 View Post
      I think ALL religions should be banned! It is cleary causing more problems than solving them.
      including yours... But please tell us how there is really such a thing as separation of church and state.

      Moving on...

      I found this and thought it was mildly amusing, and somewhat related to the conversation.

      Hope you enjoy and find it as amusing as i do.

      Click on it... really...

      c'mon... what are you waiting for...

      (that will make sense if you watch it... really...)

    1. cfrazie88's Avatar
      cfrazie88 -
      I am TOO intelligent to conform to anything, much less the simplicity of religion.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      hello...

      Im Politically Correct...

      AND I am a Liberal...

      I'm sorry, that just popped into my brain and couldn't resist.

      (this was in reply to geoffl1 btw...)

      Quote Originally Posted by cfrazie88 View Post
      I am TOO intelligent to conform to anything, much less the simplicity of religion.
      except of course, to the whims of your own beliefs.
    1. zurie's Avatar
      zurie -
      Quote Originally Posted by cfrazie88 View Post
      Are Christian Republicans really that stupid?
      Quote Originally Posted by cfrazie88 View Post
      I live in San Francisco
      Say no more... point taken.
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      Quote Originally Posted by cfrazie88 View Post
      I am TOO intelligent to conform to anything, much less the simplicity of religion.
      you realize of course that at the same time you criticize "christians" over hateful statements that you yourself make the same type of statements by calling them "stupid" only for the sheer fact that you don't agree with them?

      And banning something is the highest form of hate and bigotry (or fear thereof) known to man.

      After all, you would only ban something that you find detestable and have such a loathing for that you can't stomach the thought of it existing in the same presence as you.

      So while you ban religion, how about we ban music, and books, and why not people of particular color while we are at it. And we can also ban cars, and oil, and red meats, and cigarettes (wait... we already are...), and alcohol, and free speech, and so on and ad infinitum.

      And while you make all your proud accusations about your so-called Christian friends because they are brainwashed by by whatever...

      Your propaganda that you adhere to is clearly totalitarian in it's nature, and causes you to be a hypocrite in one breath because you do the exact same thing.

      But because you are so mighty in your ways, your arrogance blinds you to the fact that you do in fact conform to your own religion which in turn makes you as simple as the rest of this.

      And regarding your whole

      "Oh, and by the way these are the same guys that barely made it out of high school and none have graduated college."

      Then i suppose we are all in trouble because pretty much all of us on this forum carry in our pockets a little gadget that was created by, if not dreamed up by a guy who didn't finish college either.

      Nor did the guy who put his software on 90% of computers in the world.

      How do you like dem apples?
    1. cfrazie88's Avatar
      cfrazie88 -
      boe_dye:

      This is exactly why I say I am TOO intelligent ... ALL of your retorts are canvased in hate:
      1. I asked a question about Christians and stupidity (never said THEY are stupid)
      2. ... would only ban something that you find detestable (duh!!!)
      3. I only wanted to ban ALL religion because it kills only for the purpose of killing. Banning anything else would be un-American!
      4. What propaganda? Do you mean being intelligent enough not to need a religion to be a kind human being?
      5. And, finally I never said that you NEED a college education to be successful in any endeavor. I was stating that MY friends are NOT BOOK SMART!!! (plenty bible smart, though). They are by the way financially successful.

      This is so-like McCain/Palin. You're so desparately down and out that one resorts to slicing and dicing the words of others to promote their own sense of righteousness. Oh, my God - that sounds like the creation and evolution of THE BIBLE!!!
    1. boe_dye's Avatar
      boe_dye -
      this is very amusing to read this i must admit.

      Seeing as how we are doing numbers and CAPS, i will continue on with the tradition.

      1. You asked "Christian Republicans really that stupid?"

      This is what is known as a Rhetorical Question. Which means that to the person asking the question you already know the answer, or at least have it predefined in your mind to what the answer already is.

      If i were to answer no, Christian Republicans aren't that Stupid, it still denotes that they are stupid.

      If I were to answer yes, Christian Republicans are that Stupid, then it would still denote that they are stupid.

      2. Yes you only ban something that you hate or find detestable, at least we can agree on that. However I was regarding your comment about how your friends make the most "hateful statements". While your friends make statements that may be hateful, you sir would adhere to action that is hateful in order to further what you would consider a "better world".

      Which while you might not out and out have said that is the only reason for such an action to occur.

      3. This one makes me laugh... "Banning anything else (other then religion) would be Un-American."

      I'm sorry i needed to re-read that just to make sure you really did say that...

      Religion killing for the sake of killing, while i agree is wrong, however you cannot destroy an idea or a religion without committing mass genocide.

      Just because someone kills in the name of God, does not mean that they truly are acting on God's Behalf. There are a number of instances in history where people have started wars and done lots of things in the name of God, but i assure you, they did not act in any God that I would acknowledge. I can only say that their actions will be weighed some day and will probably found be wanting.

      Religion has unfortunately become a justifiable excuse to place blame on something else other then ones own actions.

      This is not the Way, and those that do are not part of anything good.

      4. Propaganda is merely a means to advertise, and you are advertising your beliefs. Are your statements not what you believe and adhere too? Do you not live your life based upon whatever belief system you follow? I would be very hard pressed to understand how you could live your life without you doing your best to follow whatever it is that you believe, and feeling somewhat guilty when you would falter from that belief system.

      5. Your right, you didn't say that...

      But I have to wonder, why bring that up if in fact you were in fact you were trying to say that your friends weren't book smart. I don't really see the relevance to that?

      Are you saying that they weren't "brainwashed" by a formal education system? But instead they were "brainwashed" by a religious institute? And that one form of brainwashing is better then the other.

      Clearly in your comments, you have very little regard for religious organizations, but instead have a much deeper admiration for higher education institutions.

      and finally...

      6 (a new one). I never once mentioned my political or religious affiliations. Nor did i ever mention my status of economic stability or my present mood.

      But I assure you, i am far from "Down and Out". Saddened yes, "Down and Out", no.

      I sound like McCain and Palin? Well, i really don't have much to go by on that. I don't know them personally, and seeing as how i don't have cable television or much more then rabbit ears, I am afraid that I miss much of the political fluff that is constantly bombarded on the airwaves.

      I am simply restating what you said, don't get angry.

      But don't worry, while I miss the ramblings of the Senior Citizen and the Woman, I also miss the Ramblings of the African America and The other Senior Citizen as well.

      I am an equal opportunist.
    1. Dantana's Avatar
      Dantana -
      boe_dye...thou hast pwned your opponent. Nice job.
      cfrazie88...you lose. Get used to it.
    1. jajajafromHF's Avatar
      jajajafromHF -
      I want Obama to win, coz we went to the same elementary school