Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Post Tribune on political rhetoric

And a quote from our site when talking about Barack Obama
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What's the real purpose of all this political rhetoric?

On the flip side, McCain supporters are also singing a familiar refrain, such as this recent Porter County Politics blog post by Valparaiso pundit Steve Dalton.

"Obama will be change, sure ... Less freedom to speak out your religion, or guns, or right and wrong. Less entrepreneurs creating jobs ... less growth, nationalized risk ... a place no longer beckoning to the rest of the world. A place the world likes better because we've lost our edge and given up."

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Found another great mortgage blogger

James Barath is writing, blogging, building a social network and conversing online with home buyers and real estate professionals

My Mortgage BlogMy Mortgage Blog

The Barath Group is Accepting Stranded Clients & Their Mortgages!The Barath Group is Accepting Stranded Clients & Their Mortgages!

The Strength In New Home Sales Shows That Banks And Builders Have Figured Out The Market

The supply of new homes fell by a full month in September 2008
James K Barath, CMPS, Mortgage Blogger
Accepting Stranded Clients & Their Mortgages! Want to Know More?
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Found new Indiana tourism site

Not sure how long it's been out there, but a new site to me at least on tourism through the Great State of Indiana, Hoosier State
  • Welcome to the Visit Indiana Blog

    Welcome to the Visit Indiana Community Blog. Fall is upon us in Indiana and it's a great time to take a weekend trip with the family. Be sure to check out the Indiana Leaf Cam before heading out to your favorite Indiana location this fall. This blog will be a great place for you to get ideas about how you can have a great fall vacation in Indiana.

  • Fall Fun in Indiana

    Headless Horseman

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    Social Media Real Estate Professionals Top 20

    Calling for entries - NW Indiana Real Estate Professionals

    I've been here on Active Rain, and writing on my own site, for a couple years now. I watched when the market will still racing and all the talk was "when will the bubble burst." And then I watched and learned as the markets went into turmoil and real estate professionals lost their minds.

    But, the good news is that there are some survivors who still care about home buyers and borrowers in NW Indiana. I'd like to feature the top 20 New Media-Social Media Real Estate Professionals here in NW Indiana on Friday. I'll feature the list and links to their online locations here on this blog, and on my own personal blogs.

    Between now and then I'd like nominations, don't be shy nominate yourself, make your case. If may not know you if you're new to Active Rain or the industry. Entries will be ranked by:

    • Actual levels of social marketing, connecting, conversation ... not just broadcasting listings
    • SEO power
    • Traffic - where applicable and available
    • Committment to the industry beyond one's own listings and clients, committment to NW Indiana
    • Actual dollar volume of production - it still matters it's just not first

    All pretty subjective, I know, but it's important that customers get a chance to see who's really interacting and involved in the community, not just listing tons of bank properties and getting volume numbers.

    Depending on the number of entries, I may run a separate list for lenders and "other" catagories. Come on help me out with some nominations.

    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    Application of an old principle

    An email circulating around the net:

    On my way to a restaurant, saw a homeless guy on the street with an Obama sign.

    In the local restaurant my server had on a “Obama 08″ tie, again I laughed as he had given away his political preference–just imagine the coincidence.

    When the bill came I decided not to tip the server and explained to him that I was exploring the Obama redistribution of wealth concept. He stood there in disbelief while I told him that I was going to redistribute his tip to someone who I deemed more in need–the homeless guy outside. The server angrily stormed from my sight.

    I went outside, gave the homeless guy $10 and told him to thank the server inside as I’ve decided he could use the money more. The homeless guy was grateful. (the one part of the story not very realistic)

    At the end of my rather unscientific redistribution experiment I realized the homeless guy was grateful for the money he did not earn, but the waiter was pretty angry that I gave away the money he did earn even though the actual recipient deserved money more.

    I guess redistribution of wealth is an easier thing to swallow in concept than in practical application.

    Thursday, October 23, 2008

    McCain comes back again - Dead Heat Poll

    After being down and out, with the media reporting it "all over" for the last two weeks, out comes this poll showing the race a dead heat going into the final 11 days

    IBD/TIPP Tracking Poll: Day Eleven

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    McCain has cut into Obama's lead for a second day and is now just 1.1 points behind. The spread was 3.7 Wednesday and 6.0 Tuesday. The Republican is making headway with middle- and working- class voters, and has surged 10 points in two days among those earning between $30,000 and $75,000. He has also gone from an 11-point deļ¬cit to a 9-point lead among Catholics.

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    NW Indiana Columnists on the election

    From Howey Politics

    Jerry Davich, Post-Tribune: Oh, to be a fly on the wall over a ballot booth on Election Day during the most historic presidential campaign of our lives. Oh, to watch how many white voters enter the voting site sticking to their promise of voting for Sen. Barack Obama, only to vote for Sen. John McCain instead. Oh, to peek at them in the ballot booth — all alone with their consciences and love of country — after months of saying all the politically correct things to pollsters and pundits, friends and family. Finally, they can be true to themselves. Finally, they can vote with their hearts, not their heads. Finally, without admitting to another soul, they can cast their race-based votes. Think I’m off-base? Or stirring the race-relations pot? Or lacking faith in our country and the democratic process? Think again, all you political Pollyannas, and take off your rose-colored glasses. Sure, the polls have Obama leading by several percentage points over McCain. But those polls are based on what voters say they’ll do on Election Day, not what they’ll actually do in the voting booth. I personally know quite a few white voters who simply are not willing to vote for a black man — any black man. Period. Ever. Not for president of the local PTA board, let alone president of this country.

    Doug Ross, Times of Northwest Indiana: Everybody’s talking about the presidential race this year. But how powerful will those coattails be? The answer — until the results become apparent late on Nov. 4, at least — depends on who you listen to. One candidate, a white Democrat, told me of knocking on doors in southern Lake County and encountering what, at least to the candidate, was a surprising number of racists who won’t vote for Barack Obama simply because of his race. It seems that a number of voters — though perhaps not in southern Lake County — who will vote for Obama precisely because he is black. His win in this election would be one more barrier broken, the rationale goes. But enough of race relations and back to the traditional use of “race” in campaign season. I have asked many candidates over the past few weeks how their specific race will be affected by the presidential election, and some are clearly nervous. State Rep. Shelli VanDenburgh, a Democrat who replaced Bob Kuzman last year and has just one legislative session for experience, is reminding voters in District 19 that they can split their vote. She worried that Republicans who voted in the Democratic primary because that’s where the hottest races were will vote a straight Republican ticket for the general election. As for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jill Long Thompson, she professes to be excited about the coattail effect. “I think it’s having a very positive impact,” she said. “I think that Barack Obama is an incredible candidate,” she gushed on Wednesday in a meeting with The Times editorial board. “He’s very direct,” which resonates with voters, Thompson said. According to the polls, at least, Thompson is either neck-and-neck with Republican Mitch Daniels, the incumbent, or is somewhat behind him. Any coattail effect from an Obama win in a state that traditionally elects Republican presidential candidates could put her over the top. “I think there will be a lot of straight-ticket voting around the state,” she said. Earlier this month, I asked visitors at to say whether they would vote a straight ticket this year. The results surprised me — 38 percent said yes, while only 62 percent said no. That’s with a sample size of 892 respondents in a completely unscientific poll. Is that a sign of complete disgust with President Bush’s policies? Will it buoy all Democrats?

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Liberal Media Bias slammed by author

    Oh this one is good, make sure you go and read the entire article by author Orson Scott Card

    Are there any journalists left still worthy?

    Here's the genesis of this artice: Rush Limbaugh read it today on air, I posted a tweet about it and then got quite a few requests for a link to the article from friendfeed followers. So I went searching, and (update) found the article on the author's blog.
    I remember reading All the President's Men and thinking: That's journalism. You do what it takes to get the truth and you lay it before the public, because the public has a right to know. This housing crisis didn't come out of nowhere. It was not a vague emanation of the evil Bush Administration.
    I have no doubt that if these facts had pointed to the Republican Party or to John McCain as the guilty parties, you would be treating it as a vast scandal. "Housing-gate," no doubt. Or "Fannie-gate."
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    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Just who are Obama's Friends?

    Remember FOB? Friends of Bill Clinton ... well this site answers the question: Who are Obama's friends?
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    William Ayers
    Barack Obama, Rashid Khalidi, Valerie Jarrett, ACORN and William Ayers are now friends with The Woods Fund of Chicago
    Learn more about Barack Obama and Joe biden by visiting and
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    Indiana Municipal Consultants - New Website

    One piece at a time the new website is taking form, please comment we'd love the input.
    Cender and Company LLC

    Financial Advisors and Planning Consultants for the Public Sector, Tax Consulting for Individuals and Businesses.

    For more information contact the
    professionals at Cender & Company, LLC.

    Phone 219.736.1800
    8585 Broadway Suite 777, Merrillville, IN 46410
    Images for Cender and Company
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    Promote others for success

    I found this article while reviewing Chris Brogan's shared items on google reader, a regular read. It looks like Chris and Louis Gray have a mutual admiration society going, that will benefit both of them. Are you promoting others?
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    Making Your Blogging Much More than Just "You"

    On Sunday, Chris Brogan asked an important question: "How Often Do You Promote Others?", asking how often many of us are highlighting lesser-known people, sharing their items, or promoting their work, to expand awareness. One of the people Chris gave credit to was Robert Scoble, who Chris said "points me to new stuff all the time".

    It's no secret a lot of my own online activity is the result of having watched watching Scoble's efforts. It was his pushing toward Google Reader, creating a link blog, and linking out to people big and small that has guided some of my own behavior. So, as I mentioned on Chris' stream in FriendFeed, here's what I'm trying to do
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    Silicon Valley Blog for early adopters, technology geeks, RSS addicts and Mac freaks.
    (May also occasionally contain some TiVo, media, sports and politics...)

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    History: Aaron Burr v. Thomas Jefferson

    An endorsement of a great leader over a man surrounded by corruption, in 1800 Alexander Hamilton endorsed Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr. Yesterday Colin Powell went the opposite direction and endorsed socialism and corruption over leadership and greatness.

    Colin Powell is no Alexander Hamilton

    Colin Powell endorsed the new Aaron Burr

    The most important endorsement in U.S. political history came during the presidential election of 1800.  The House of Representatives had to choose between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

    Colin Powell
    His private character is not defended by his most partial friends.  He is bankrupt beyond redemption, except by the plunder of his country.  His ambition will not be content with those objects which virtuous men of either party will allot to it, and his situation and his habits will oblige him to have recourse to corrupt expedients, from which he will be restrained by no moral scruple.  To accomplish his ends, he must lean upon unprincipled men, and will continue to adhere to the myrmidons who have hitherto seconded him.
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    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    Democrats say "disregard the fraud" of ACORN

    It may be too late, everyday voters are pretty frustrated that Democrats for Obama have pursued fraudulent registrations. Polls get closer today, as many voters are getting sick of hearing about unions and Democrats in collusion.
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    Democrats brush off vote fraud claims

    State Democratic officials said today that the growing fervor over allegations of voter fraud and remote polling sites in Lake County is a smoke screen aimed at shoring up Republican John McCain's chances to win Indiana.

    In Lake County, an attorney for labor unions and Democrats wants a new judge to decide to decide whether satellite early voting centers can stay open in Gary, Hammond and East Chicago.

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    College Students cheating to vote in Ohio

    Well researched evidence that ACORN type activities are being taken even further, with college students travelling to battlegound states to register and vote. No, they don't live there, but they are trying to throw the election
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    Voter fraud alert: Houseful of out-of-state Obama activists registered as Ohio voters, received absentee ballots

    The activists are leaders of a group called “Vote From Home ‘08.” The group is self-identified as having “extensive experience with political organizing, election administration, and Democratic politics.” They were hailed as the “Justice League” by a Daily Kos blogger. Their Facebook page brags: “Want to turn the Presidential election blue in a key swing state?
    My friends at, a network of young reporters who have been doing the voter and registration fraud reporting that the MSM has been slow to do, have a breaking investigative report on how several members of the Democrat Vote From Home team — all Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, and Truman Scholars studying abroad

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    Monday, October 13, 2008

    Social Networks Challenge

    Social Networks and Profiles (36 updated of 111 total)

    My 111 Social Networks list after reading the original post:

    Top 100 Social networks every Realtor should have a profile on

    I made some additions and subtractions, and added my profiles so that if you sign up for one of the groups, you can easily add me. The key to social networks are twofold, first adding friends and followers that will help you engage, converse, and drive traffic. Second, the links you and your friends can create to your monetized sites become powerful SEO tools.

    1. Twitter (Micro-Blogging) Daltonsbriefs NWIndiana Blogs
    2. Blogger (Blog Platform) Briefs Profile Daltonsbriefs
    3. ActiveRain (Real Estate Industry Site) My profile and Blog
    4. Facebook (Generic Social Network) My profile
    5. LinkedIn (Contacts and Jobs) My profile
    6. FriendFeed (Micro Blogging and Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
    7. Google Shared Reader Items Page
    8. StumbleUpon (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
    9. Clipmarks Daltonsbriefs
    10. Digg (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
    11. Zolve (Real Estate) Northwest Indiana Profile and Northwest Indiana Blog
    12. Technorati (Tracking Links) Daltonsbriefs Profile
    13. Delicious (Bookmarking) Daltonsbriefs
    14. Flickr (Media Sharing) My profile
    15. cre8Buzz (Business Niche Network) My profile
    16. Youtube (Media Sharing) My profile
    17. Plurk (Micro Blogging) Daltonsbriefs
    18. Plaxo (Micro Blogging) My profile
    19. Smaller Indiana (Geo Social) My profile
    20. (Geo Social) My profile and blog
    21. Northwest Indiana (Geo Social Ning) My profile and blog
    22. Zillow (Real Estate) My profile and
    23. Lets get this right (Conservative Politics) Daltonsbriefs
    24. Ma.gnolia (Bookmarking) Northwest Indiana Profile
    25. Red County (Conservative Politics) Porter County
    26. (Generic Social Network) My profile
    27. Biggerpockets (Real Estate) My Profile
    28. Wikipedia (Collaborative Information Source) Profile
    29. Google Notes (Bookmarking) My interesting finds
    30. Google Knol (Collaborative Information Source) Profile
    31. Inman
    32. Tumblr
    33. (Comment Network) my profile
    34. Squidoo (blog platform) my profile
    35. Mybloglog (social network) daltonsbriefs
    36. (Generic Social Network) My profile and blog

    Sunday, October 12, 2008

    Testing Disqus for comment interaction

    While working late last night to sign up for some social networks that I still hadn't joined, 111 now total, and remembered Disqus. I guess at some point they moved their model to more of a comment moderation, interaction social network and community. Interesting idea, to create community around comments on multiple blogs.

    I'm trying to set up the comments section for this blog as a test drive. If you stop by today, please comment, and sign up for disqus if you want to check out the system.

    Saturday, October 11, 2008

    100 Social Network to join today

    Sounds crazy, but join all 100, set up a profile using your SEO targeted username, and watch your google rankings jump. Plus you may just find some new online community support on one of these great networks.

    Took me 6 hours to join all the ones I hadn't joined yet
    Real Estate Blogs

    Top 100 Social networks every Realtor should have a profile on

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    Congressman Tom Feeney on ACORN

    Powerpoint presentation on ACORN and voter fraud allegations that relate to Obama campaign

    Congressman TOM FEENEY has a great synopsis of the ACORN Scandal. Click on the photo below to see PowerPoint Presentation:
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