Posted: 06 Oct 2008 11:55 AM CDT
YouTube URL to the video above, found here.
Over the weekend Sarah Palin made a reference to Barack Obama's ties to questionable characters, but there is another area where Palin believes John McCain should "take the gloves off", Obama's association with his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.
In the video above Sarah Palin speaks to a crowd of supporters and references, not by name, but by actions, Barack Obama's association with William Ayers, a man who was a domestic terrorist and part of a group, Weatherman Underground, that quote launched a campaign of bombings that would target the Pentagon and US Capitol.
Sarah Palin On Obama's Ties and Associations.
Palin made the point saying one of Obama's earliest supporters was a domestic terrorist, then going on to say about Obama "This is not a man who sees America as you see it and how I see America. We see America as the greatest force for good in this world. If we can be that beacon of light and hope for others who seek freedom and democracy and can live in a country that would allow intolerance in the equal rights that again our military men and women fight for and die for for all of us. Our opponent though, is someone who sees America it seems as being so imperfect that he's palling around with terrorists who would target their own country?"
When criticized by the Associated Press for bringing up the association between Obama and Ayers, with their analysis saying Palin brining up Obama's past associations was, in their view, racist, Palin shot back with "The Associated Press is wrong. The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn't been talked about, and I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room."
As was reported earlier by Barbara Sowell, information is still coming to light about further Ayers/Obama connections.
Those comments received a lot of play in the press over the weekend, but today there is a report from the New York Times' columnist William Kristol about a conversation he had with Palin, showing that Ayers is not the only topic where Palin believes John McCain and the campaign's "gloves" should be taken off.
Palin told Kristol the campaign should be more aggressive is telling the American public "who the real Barack Obama is," stating Obama had played down his relationship with Ayers and then went on to state she believed another important aspect to speak about is Jeremiah Wright.
Jeremiah Wright was the pastor for Barack Obama's church, Trinity United Church of Christ. Obama met Wright and joined his church in the late 1980s, while he was working as a community organizer in Chicago. Wright officiated at the wedding ceremony of Barack and Michelle Obama, as well as their children's baptism. In 2007 Wright was appointed to Barack Obama's African American Religious Leadership Committee. In March of 2008, when videos of Wrights controversial sermonds became public, it was announced that Wright would no longer serve as a member of that committee.
Jeremiah Wright hit the headlines, in a massive manner, when videos of some of his sermons went viral on the Internet, showing him saying things like "God Damn America", speaking of 9/11 and saying it was the chickens coming home to roost and many other comments to which some have said were racially divisive.
On March 14, 2008, Barack Obama wrote an entry at Huffington Post where he denounced the words from Wright, which had become public, and stated in that post "The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation..."
Four days later, Barack Obama gave a speech and in that speech, he again denounced the words of his former pastor, but refused to denounce the man himself, as well as admitting that he did, indeed, hear controversial comments made by Wright while sitting in his church.
For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I'm sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.
In April, Wright made a series of media appearances, as reported by ABC's Political Punch, where he dismissed Obama's criticisms of Wright's controversial comments, saying Obama was doing so because it was "politically expedient."
After those appearances from Wright, Obama spoke more forcefully against Jeremiah Wright, saying he was outraged and saddened by his behavior, and in May Obama resigned his membership in the church.
Sarah Palin on Jeremiah Wright.
While speaking with Bill Kristol, he asked Palin if Ayers was a legitimate issue, what about Obama's long standing association with Jeremiah Wright?
Palin responded by saying "To tell you the truth, Bill, I don't know why that association isn't discussed more, because those were appalling things that that pastor had said about our great country, and to have sat in the pews for 20 years and listened to that — with, I don't know, a sense of condoning it, I guess, because he didn't get up and leave — to me, that does say something about character. But, you know, I guess that would be a John McCain call on whether he wants to bring that up."
Many have been speaking out about McCain's hesitance in regards to Obama's connection with Jeremiah Wright, especially after Obama himself admitted in an interview with Chris Wallace, it was a "legitimate political issue."
WALLACE: Question: Do you think that Reverend Wright is just the victim here?
At the end of the Kristol/Palin interview, Kristol asked if Palin had any advice for John McCain, she said she would tell him the same thing he told her before she walked out onto the debate stage for the vice presidential debate, which was to have fun and be yourself, then she added one more piece of advice, which was "Take the gloves off. "
Posted: 05 Oct 2008 06:19 PM CDT
ACORN is making headlines again for filing voter registrations for the dead, the underage and some showing fictitious signatures in Indiana. Suggestions of a criminal investigation are coming out for ACORN groups getting the vote out for Obama.
ACORN otherwise known as Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now has been in the news in multiple cities across America lately for filing voter registrations for people that were dead, underage and in some cases duplicate filings.
The latest report from The Times, NWI.com, is from Lake County Indiana.
Lake County elections officials have confirmed that a "large portion" of 5,000 registration forms turned in from the ACORN group, have been found to have problems and have been rejected.
The job of the county elections board was to weed out invalid registrations and according to Lake County Republican Chairman John Curley, more invalid forms may have been missed and slipped into the voter rolls. Curley is recommending a criminal investigation take place into the matter.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Curley stated "Fraudulent applications are the workings of ACORN groups operating from Milwaukee and Chicago who are getting out the vote for Obama. I'm Republican, but I want everyone who should vote to vote. But I want a clean election.
An ACORN spokesperson couldn't be reached Wednesday for comment. Telephones to ACORN offices in Gary, Indianapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee were reported to be disconnected.
One of the apparent problems according to Elections Board Director Sally LaSota and a county elections board technologist overseeing voter registration Ruthann Hoagland is that ACORN members took names from the phone book, filled out the forms and forged some signatures.
Curley said one registration form was filled out in the name and address of Jimmy John's, a Crown Point fast-food outlet. Another registration, dated in August, is in the name of a Gary man who died Nov. 16, 2007, according to his death certificate.
Not only are the invalid registration forms an issue at this point, but many people that should be able to legitimately vote, might not be able to because ACORN members "delivered incomplete registrations" and the election staff may not have the time to research and complete the process before the middle-of-the-month deadline.
On September 14, 2008, ACORN was in the news for problems with voter registrations from Michigan with fraudulent and duplicate voter registration applications. In that case the problem was referred to as "ACORN submitted applications are numerous applications filed in one name, described as a 'huge number,' and some with names that appear to be made up."
In August of 2008, the problem was again in Milwaukee.
As Wikipedia shows, just as a reference about previous problems over the years, ACORN members have been indicted and convicted.
# In Ohio in 2004, four ACORN employees were indicted by a federal grand jury for submitting false voter registration forms.
The Pittsburgh Tribune recently reported the Barack Obama campaign recently amended their Federal Election Commission report to reflect $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal ACORN group, called Citizens Services Inc., which is a subsidiary of the ACORN group.
U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign paid more than $800,000 to an offshoot of the liberal Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now for services the Democrat's campaign says it mistakenly misrepresented in federal reports.
FEC spokeswoman, Mary Brandenberger, says it is not unusual for campaigns to amend reports regarding large sums of money.
The Pittsburgh Tribune article details much more information about ACORN and Obama's prior associations as an organizer for Project Vote, an ACORN offshoot, and represented ACORN in legal actions, which was reported by various media outlets as well as the Associated Press.
The Earth Times provides the RNC fact sheet about Obama, ACORN and more examples of problems with voters registration in 2008, including locations such as Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada and Florida.
In the fact sheet it is found the Chief Public Advocate of the Consumers Rights League, James Terry, testified before Congress and stated "ACORN's pattern of fraud can no longer be dismissed as a series of unfortunate events."
With the presidential election less than a month away, some wonder why ACORN is allowed to participate in any way with all the legal problems they have encountered over the years and more specifically, over the last few months.
Posted: 05 Oct 2008 02:33 PM CDT
Non political post but these stories always catch my attention so, here we go.
A doctor is being sued when a patient goes under the knife for a circumcision and the doctor finds the need to amputate the man's penis because of unforeseen medical necessity.
61 year-old Phillip Seaton underwent a surgical procedure because he had foreskin soreness and drainage from his penis. The doctor recommended circumcision, but during the surgical procedure the doctor discovered a portion Seaton's penis had become cancerous and Dr. John Patterson made the decision that it was medically necessary to amputate Seaton's penis.
The doctor issued a press release stating the patient, Seaton, had signed the appropriate consent which stated that "unforeseen conditions may necessitate additional or different procedures," in which the doctor alleged was enough justification not to stop the procedure, wake the patient and give him the option and instead made the determination himself.
The pathology report, after the fact, showed the patient did indeed have condition called squamous cell carcinoma, which is the second most common form of skin cancer.
InjuryBoard.com makes the following point:
The Mayo Clinic website indicates pretty conservative style treatment that doesn't seem to recommend cutting off an entire arm if there was this type of cancer on the forearm. So one has to wonder why the entire penis was amputated. There will be some explaining to do in that courtroom.
A press release from a public relations firm in Nashville, on behalf of the physician states "While it is unfortunate that he developed this cancer, it is both unfair and unreasonable to blame a physician for providing what was appropriate and necessary care for his condition."
Mr. Seaton and his wife Deborah, who filed a malpractice lawsuit against Dr. Patterson, via the Seaton's attorney Kevin George, believe he should have been consulted before the amputation was performed so that Seaton could have received a second opinion and discussed the procedure with his wife according to State Journal.
Posted: 05 Oct 2008 12:34 PM CDT
The latest argument by the Associated Press is laughable at best and downright predictable at worse.
When you cannot dispute the facts, simply scream racism loud enough and pray people will ignore the facts and focus on the bogus charge of racism.
Sarah Palin's words:
AP's laughable analysis trying to link racism to legitimate questions about Obama's ties to admitted Domestic terrorist Willaim Ayers.
The AP has become a joke and their pathetic attempt to distract from the issue by playing the race card yet again, shows how "in the tank" for Obama they truly are.
More on the relationship between Barack Obama and William Ayers found here.
The Wall Street Journal did an in-depth piece about the Barack Obama, William Ayers and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC)connections, titled "Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools."
Despite having authored two autobiographies, Barack Obama has never written about his most important executive experience. From 1995 to 1999, he led an education foundation called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC), and remained on the board until 2001. The group poured more than $100 million into the hands of community organizers and radical education activists.
Read the rest.
A quick search of Obama and Chicago Annenberg Challenge brings a wealth of information about the two and none of it involves racism, it involves whether we trust a man with this type of connection, as well as his dealings with convicted felon Tony Rezko, where Obama admitted to having "poor judgment," with the highest office in the land.
This is information voters need to know and the AP would rather they hear a racism charge than tell them of these and other Obama associations and ties.
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