Posted: 25 Jul 2008 12:11 PM CDT
For those unaware, the National Enquirer made a splash ealier this week by claiming they had caught John Edwards with Rielle Hunter, whom they claim is Edwards' mistress.
Slate reports today that the LA Times has decided to practice a bit of censorship of their bloggers, by "asking" them not to report about the National Enquirer story, not even to ask legitimate questions about the credibility of the National Enquirer's report.
Slate gets their hands on the email sent out from Tony Pierce, the LA Times' editor:
Subject: john edwards
Many, myself included, have questions about the Enquirers story, including where the photos are and where witness accounts are.
These are questions that the MSM should be asking, which a few are, but the majority are refusing to cover the story at all, to verify or debunk the accuracy of the National Enquirers story.
Now we see that a major media outlet like the LA Times, is trying to limit the amount of exposure to the story, to the point of asking their bloggers to not mention it all, even to question the validity of the accusations against John Edward.
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 10:32 AM CDT
For the first time in 27 years according to MTV, a political ad will be running on their station, geared toward the youthful watchers of that station.
Let Freedom Ring is a conservative non-profit advocacy group that announced last week that they would be spending several hundred thousands dollars on their own advertising campaign which attacks Barack Obama for taking what it calls, opposing positions on the same issue, which they show via video.
The text of the ad states:
"People are saying that Senator Obama's recent changes of position have made him a flip-flopper. He's not! Flip-floppers only hold one position at a time. Senator Obama is different: he holds two positions at the same time. Both ways on banning handguns. Both ways on public campaign financing. And now, both ways on withdrawing from Iraq. He's 'Both Ways Barack.' Worse than a flip-flopper!"
Let Freedom Ring bought advertising for their "Both Ways Barack" on MTV and those ads started airing on Wednesday night, July 23, 2008.
According to the article from MTV the ad will run approximately 100 times between Tuesday and Friday on MTV, VH1, MSNBC, CNN and Fox News, with MTV the one place it started on Wednesday and the others started on Tuesday.
Let Freedom Ring's founder and president, Colin Hanna, these ads are geared to reach a different audience, a younger audience and he states, "If I were to criticize my own buy, I'd say I would like to see more MTV and less Fox News than we wound up buying. We want to go after people who are in the political middle and are not fully committed on this race."
Outside groups, those not directly related to either campaign, have no limit on what they can spend advertising for the candidate of their choice as long as they do not coordinate their ads and efforts with the candidate they are trying to help.
MTV had decided this season to accept political ads for both candidates but ads from independent outside groups would be decided on a case-by-case basis.
The McCain campaign spokesperson said they had no response to the Let Freedom Ring ad and the Obama campaign could not be reached for comment.
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 03:17 AM CDT
From an original article at Maggie's Notebook
H/T to ztruth who asked "are there machine-gun sounds at the end of it?"Check-out the link to No Compromise after the video: questions asked by Muslim Americans for Obama and answered by them, along with some pithy commentary from No Compromise.Thanks to YouTube.com
From Radarsite: Some months ago, Radarsite posted an article on the disquieting similarities between Barack Obama's plans for Iraq and al Qaeda's plans for Iraq [see below]. At that time, I made the conjecture that Obama was either a pro-Islamist working in coordination with our enemies or a bumbling amateur. For me, this question has now been more than adequately answered. This video -- and many others similar to it -- are merely the icing on the cake.
Barack Hussein Obama is not a bumbling amateur.
No more pussyfooting around the issue now; I'm just going to come right out with it. I firmly believe that Barack Obama is a Muslim Manchurian Candidate, and that what we are witnessing is the attempted takeover of America by Islam. Is Obama portraying himself as the Muslim candidate? No. Is he portraying himself as the answer to the white Judeo/Christian oppression of the colored peoples of this world. Yes, and they are buying it. Make no mistake about it. He has become their Martin Luther King and their OJ Simpson all rolled into one. And for these hopeful but sadly misguided people, just as with OJ Simpson, he has become absolutely impervious to attack. Nothing we can say, no truths revealed, no matter how reliable or frightening, will dissuade them from choosing their Black Messiah.
For those who still doubt the objectivity of these statements, consider the number of American blacks who have already committed their votes to him. What other meaning can this have? Have any of the recent shocking revelations about Obama or his racist past, or his America-hating wife made even the slightest dent in his shining armor? Of course not. The truth will not effect him anymore than the truth effected the outcome of the OJ Simpson trial. We didn't understand it then, but we do now: the trial had nothing to do with truth.
Truth is actually irrelevant here, too. What we are dealing with here is faith. For so many of these self-perceived victims of white racism, Obama will be their champion, and they have faith in their champion, almost a religious faith, and that kind of faith is immune to truth and unmoved by reason.
It is time for change. It is OUR time now. This is their mantra, this is the banner behind which they are rallying. But, all one has to do is watch this pernicious video to realize that there is another force at work here. A dark, clandestine force much more dangerous and powerful than any combination of racial resentments or cultural envy. It is that same dark force that has been working against the Western World of light and reason for fourteen hundred years, our historically relentless and malicious foe: Islam.
Whether Barack Hussein Obama is himself actually a Muslim, or whether he is a Muslim sympathizer is completely irrelevant. Either way we lose.
We are at war with the Muslims. Consider this statement carefully. I know how controversial this statement is, how open to debate this whole touchy subject is, but -- and this is extremely important -- it is only a controversial question for us here in the West. There is little controversy about the nature of this war within Islam itself. Read their own words. They are crystal clear in their characterization of this war: it is a war between Islam and the infidel. Not between Islam and some infidels, not between Islam and America, or between Islam and Bush, but simply war between Islam and the infidels. And who are these infidels?
How many times must we read these open declarations of intent in the enemies own words before we begin to accept their import? No matter how hard we might try to avoid this uncomfortable truth, it remains untouched by our futile and cowardly rationalizations.
Our enemies are ruthless and cynical and manipulative. Thus they have been successfully recruiting disgruntled blacks from our inner cities and our prisons, and , yes, even from our most prestigious ivy league universities. People of color as far away as Malaysia or Libya speak of him glowingly as their hero and their hope. No other American presidential candidate in history has ever garnered such international adoration. No, not even JFK.
At one point During World War Two, Adolf Hitler found it expedient to make common cause with people who, according to the unequivocal laws of Aryan Supremacy, upon which the Third Reich was founded, were to be considered Untermenschen, not really full-fledged human beings, inferiors who were to be subjagated or just exteriminated. But, because it served his immediate needs, Eastern Europeans, Slavs, even Arabs, because of their common hatred of the Jews, were admitted into the Nazi fold. However, if anyone for one moment actually believes that, if Hitler had won the war, these supposedly inferior races, whom he had, by force of circumstance, made temporary common cause with, would have survived to celebrate their victories, then they don't know much about Nazis.
And if anyone actually believes that, if this ruthless and virulently racist form of Arabic Islam were ever to take the reins of power in this country, these eager black activist recruits wold survive to celebrate their victories, then they don't know much about Islam.
Our Islamic enemies have ingeniously and successfully redefined this war, their war. Rather than calling it what it most assuredly is, a war between Islam and the infidel, they have reshaped it into a courageous battle between the oppressed peoples of this country and this world against all of their supposed oppressors. And, God help us, it's working. People are lining up behind this enormous wanton lie in droves, they are committing themselves body and soul to this seemingly obvious righteous cause. It is their time now, they say. And he is to be their salvation and their hope. And nothing we can say about him will ever change that; because we are the enemy and we are not to be believed. But he, Barack Hussein Obama, is one of them, and he is to be believed. He is to be trusted.
No enemy of this nation has ever made greater inroads into our system and our culture. No other enemy has ever become so malignantly infested into our body politic. No other enemy has ever been so eagerly welcomed or awaited by their intended victims. They are already halfway there, my friends. All they need is for their Manchurian Candidate to take the oath of office and they will have won. And we will have lost. Make no mistake about it, we will have lost our nation. And, what is worse, we will have willingly voted it away.
Do I really believe all this? Am I just getting carried away with my own little conspiracy theories? Could Barack Obama actually be a Muslim Manchurian Candidate about to take over America? Would things really change that much? After his election would the mosques start rising? Would we begin to start accepting sharia laws into our legal system? Would criticizing Islam or Muslims become a Federal Hate Crime? Has it become this already? Are we already halfway there?
My answer to these questions is simple. Watch the video. Make up your own mind. Listen to the message behind the message.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe I'm the bumbling amateur here. Maybe I'm just a xenophobic old racist. I'm sure someone will make that suggestion. Maybe this whole idea about Barack Hussein Obama being some kind of a Muslim Manchurian Candidate is utter nonsense.
But, then again, I'm not willing to take that chance. Not with my children's lives. Not with America.
Are you? -rg
Posted: 25 Jul 2008 01:16 AM CDT
Yes - another witness who was there, tells the truth about what is really going on with the Obama tour. Again, over at Blackfive:
And yes, there is more. ..lol.. Don't go looking in the msm for the real deal. You can find that here.
Cross-posted at MBVD
Posted: 24 Jul 2008 09:00 PM CDT
The other day Brat wrote, here at Wake up America, about Barack Obama snubbing our military in Afghanistan, and today there are reports that while Obama had plenty of time to give his much awaited speech to the people of Germany, he canceled his trip to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases.
Obama has cancelled a planned short visit to the Rammstein and Landstuhl US military bases in the southwest German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The visits were planned for Friday, yet the a spokesperson for the US military hospital in Landstuhl announced today that "Barack Obama will not be coming to us, I don't know why."
Shortly before that announcement the same spokeswoman had announced a planned visit by Obama.
The Politico points out, this is not good "optics".
The optics here are not good: Obama has time to get in a workout and give a speech to a crowd mostly comprised of Europeans, but can't be bothered to visit American troops wounded in action recovering at a military hospital.
The reasoning from the Obama campaign, via spokesman Robert Gibbs, is "The senator decided out of respect for these servicemen and women that it would be inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."
It is also being reported that although Obama's plans are subject to change, he extended his trip to Germany by a couple of hours before heading off to France but not to visit the military bases.
Posted: 24 Jul 2008 08:17 PM CDT
Immediately after the supposed "non-political" speech that Barack Obama gave in Berlin today, his campaign sent out a fundraising email which solicits donations, via a DONATE button in the email that brings you to the Obama campaign contribution page, then denies that it was a fundraising email.
Jake Tapper reports the content of the email as follows:
"As you may have heard, Barack has been in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia this week," reads the email, with a big red "DONATE" sign. "Today, he spoke in Berlin, Germany. In a city where a wall once divided the free from the oppressed, he talked about tearing down the walls that divide all peoples so we can address our common problems -- the threats of terrorism and nuclear weapons, global warming and genocide, AIDS and poverty. Watch Barack's historic speech and share it with your friends."
The Obama campaign has denied that this trip was a political campaign trip, previously calling it a "fact finding" mission, yet the canceled a trip to visit wounded military members in Germany saying that it would be "inappropriate to make a stop to visit troops at a U.S. military facility as part of a trip funded by the campaign."
To solicit donations using a speech that the Obama campaign claims was not a campaign speech used for political purposes, as a contribution hook, is clearly contrary to the previous claim that this speech in Berlin was of a political nature.
After Tapper reported the email fundraising letter using Obama's political speech to encourage donations, the campaign then emailed to take issue with the piece, claiming that calling an email that solicits donations a "fundraising" email was misleading.
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