Palin leads final-day rally at Missouri Capitol

Monday, November 3, 2008 | 12:23 p.m. CST; updated 4:07 p.m. CST, Monday, November 3, 2008
Gov. Sarah Palin descends the steps of the Missouri capitol building in Jefferson City as supporters stretch to touch the vice presidential candidate. Palin was joined by many Missouri Republican politicians during the rally the day before the presidential election.

JEFFERSON CITY — Thousands of people gathered on the grounds of the Missouri Capitol for a final-day campaign rally with Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Palin on Monday made her third trip to Missouri in less than two weeks as she and presidential candidate John McCain are locked in a close battle with the Democratic ticket of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.


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Biden also campaigned in Missouri on Monday, in the Kansas City suburb of Lee's Summit.

McCain himself has not come to Missouri since he made a three-city swing on Oct. 20. Instead, he has sent Palin — a favorite of conservatives — to some of Missouri's most traditionally Republican areas. Besides Jefferson City, Palin also appeared recently in Cape Girardeau and Springfield, areas where about two-thirds of the votes went for Republican President Bush four years ago.

County singer Hank Williams Jr. was featured Monday as the opening act for Palin.

But before Williams took the stage erected on the Capitol steps, parody songwriter and Republican congressional candidate Jeff Parnell warmed up the crowd by putting his own twist on Obama's campaign theme.

"As sure as your momma was Mrs. Obama, we don't need your kind of change," Parnell sang while strumming his guitar.

Polls have shown Obama and McCain about even in Missouri, a traditional swing state that has 11 electoral votes. Missouri has voted for the winning presidential candidate every time but once in the past century, when it picked Adlai Stevenson instead of President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956.

"If we win in Missouri, then McCain-Palin will win the nation," U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., told the crowd before Palin appeared. "We have never been more important in the vote for president than this year."

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Robert Westafer November 3, 2008 | 1:38 p.m.

The Issue of Race

Barack Obama is a biracial man, having received 50% of his DNA from his “white” American mother and 50% of his DNA from his “black” African father.

Barack Obama looks more like his father than his mother because for unknown reasons the part of DNA that controls skin color, hair type, and other characteristics of physical appearance is generally more dominant in “black” DNA than in “white” DNA.
His father was very intelligent and passed that potential along to his son through the part of his DNA that directs brain building. His mother was also intelligent and half of her son’s brain building DNA came from her.

Barack Obama barely knew his father who left when Barack was 2 years old. Young Barack was raised and nurtured primarily by his mother and his maternal grandparents, and he received a first rate education.

Perhaps the example of Barack Obama will help the human race understand that the brain of each individual is built by a new combination of parental DNA whose brain building capability is independent of whatever characteristics of physical appearance other parts of that DNA happen to produce; and once built, that new human brain, in combination with the nurturing, education, and experience it receives, develops functional capabilities that are equally independent of whatever characteristics of physical appearance that individual’s DNA produces.

In short, the quality of brain building DNA matters; nurturing, education, and experience matter; but characteristics of physical appearance produced by other parts of one’s DNA are unrelated to the functional capabilities of one’s brain. They don’t matter.

Senator Barack Obama is an intelligent, articulate, and insightful 47 year old American whose best years lie ahead of him; a man who graduated near the top of his class at Harvard Law School and was president of its Law Review; a man who understands and respects the American constitution because he was an instructor of constitutional law for 12 years at the University of Chicago Law School; a man familiar with the American legislative process because he served 3 terms as an Illinois State Senator and the past 4 years as a US Senator; a man acquainted with Washington but one who also brings fresh ideas and a passion for bringing about important and necessary changes in Washington.

Senator Barack Obama is the man America needs today, and he is the man who can lead America into the future.

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Jimmy Bearfield November 3, 2008 | 1:53 p.m.

Too often the press fails to mention that Obama once lived in Kansas. This is a damning disqualification and another example of how the media are in the tank for him.

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Greg T. Spielberg November 3, 2008 | 3:41 p.m.

Why is a Kansas association damning?

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Jimmy Bearfield November 3, 2008 | 3:53 p.m.

Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk. Do we really want a Jayhawk as leader of the free world?

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