Posted: 28 Oct 2008 11:02 AM CDT
Cross-posted by Maggie at Maggie's Notebook
Documents obtained by Townhall show the Democratic Party encouraged party activists to accuse the GOP of intimidating minorities on Election Day even if no evidence of intimidation existed in the 2004 presidential election. The tactic is being used again in 2008, this time to downplay fraud charges against a predominantly minority non-profit supporting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.The Obama campaign has been busily probing the festering issue of voter suppression. Obama Camp Charges... a Partisan Plot," the Wall Street Journal reports on October 17th:
The Obama campaign charged Friday that John McCain, in concert with the Bush administration, has embarked on a studied effort to disrupt Election Day in many states and suppress the vote.Carpenter describes nine pages of a former Kerry-Edwards handbook titled Minority Voter Intimidation. After instructions on how to recognize "intimidation," the manual moves on to what to do if you don't find any intimidation:
If no signs of intimidation techniques have emerged yet, launch a 'pre-emptive strike." The manual said this should be done by placing stories in mainstream and specialty press "in which minority leadership expresses concern about the threat of intimidation tactics" and "prime minority leadership to discuss the issue in the media; provide talking points."
Some of the suggested talking points included lines like "Nothing is more despicable than trying to deprive any American of the previous right to vote, the foundation of our democracy for which so many have sacrificed."Well, you're probably saying, this was back in the Kerry-Bush election...nothing to do with today - well, you would be wrong, according to Ms. Carpenter:
The Democrats' preemptive strike has been delivered from Barack Obama's legal team this time around.Nevermind all that. The Obama legal team has once again leaned on the Department of Justice to get the McCain campaign straightened out. Obama attorney Robert Bauer accuses "agents of the McCain campaign and the Republican National Committee of:
...striking locally at election officials and boards around the country, sowing confusion and seeking through baseless legal maneuvers...and specifically, Obama et al takes offense at this:
McCain's remarks that ACORN's voter registration fraud "threatens the fabric of our Democracy" and Palin's assessment that there is a "choice between a candidate who won't disavow a group committing voter fraud and a leader who won't tolerate voter fraud."Carpenter reports that former U.S. Senators Danforth and Rudman are heading-up a committee on behalf of the McCain campaign to "take action against voter fraud. The GOP, reportedly, has asked Obama 08 to participate, no surprise: "the Democrats had declined."
Posted: 28 Oct 2008 09:50 AM CDT
I think many of us said quite the same thing as it is being reported Nicolas Sarkozy is saying about Barack Obama's stance on Iran.
During the Democratic primaries, a YouTube questioner asked the Democratic candidates a question, I am putting the video of that question and the answer below so people can see for themselves exactly what Barack Obama said, despite his trying to "qualify" his statement later when he received criticism for his original answer.
YouTube URL for video above, here.
QUESTION: In 1982, Anwar Sadat traveled to Israel, a trip that resulted in a peace agreement that has lasted ever since.
It does bear mentioning that according to the transcript of that debate, directly after Obama made that statement, Hillary Clinton was asked the same question and her answer was much more realistic. Page 14, found here, you can see Hillary's answer.
Which brings us to today's report, in which sources tell Haaretz that Nicolas Sarkozy, in closed forums in France, has stated that Barack Obama's stance regarding Iran is "utterly immature" and comprised of "formulations empty of all content."
Obama visited Paris in July, and the Iranian issue was at the heart of his meeting with Sarkozy. At a joint press conference afterward, Obama urged Iran to accept the West's proposal on its nuclear program, saying that Iran was creating a serious situation that endangered both Israel and the West.
Obama speaks well, there is no doubt about it, he gives good speeches, admitted.
Whether those speeches actually represent reality is another thing and one his supporters do not seem to ask themselves at all.
Sarkozy uses words like "arrogant" and "unilateral" when speaking about Obama and that is exactly right. Obama is like a child that can see no further than what he wants, what he thinks the world should be like rather than seeing what the world, especially our enemies are like.
America's allies understand this and it shows an incredible contrast when you see someone who is one of our most staunch allies, like France's President Sarkozy, making statements like that, Israel showing preference for McCain, while those not our allies, such as the Syrian regime and Lebanese Hezbollah to name just two, overwhelmingly want Obama to win this election.
The contrast there should make people stop and look closely at the reasoning.
Posted: 28 Oct 2008 09:30 AM CDT
This past weekend was Media Democracy Day in at least three Canadian cities. Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver held day long workshops. Media democracy sounds like an oxymoron, especially in the last few frenetic days of the US election, but the goals of this group appear lofty enough:
Is the mainstream media democratic?
Media Democracy Day
For the rest, go here to NewsBlaze.
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 10:29 PM CDT
Just when I thought the Obama campaign couldn't sink any lower? I find this via Little Green Footballs.
They call it "political cynicism". I am speechless....
Go over to LGF and see the rest.I refuse to link to the original on Obama's site. There, they have a form you can fill in to share your experience about the "talk with your parents."
UPDATE: And I almost missed this one, again from LGF. I am not going to give you an excerpt, but go see for yourself here:
Obama Robbing the Cradle for Votes
And if that isn't enough to get your blood pressure through the roof? Try this one on for size:
Someone PLEASE make this insanity STOP!!!!!
*cross-posted from Assoluta Tranquillita*
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 09:33 PM CDT
Fresh off his upsetting interview with CBS3 in Philadelphia and the now famous interview with Barbara West in Orlando, Senator Joe Biden has banned blogger Sammy Benoit, the Yid With Lid, from anymore interviews with the Obama campaign."It was an overreaction said the Yid, as soon as I mentioned Marx he flipped out. I wasn't even talking about Karl Marx. I just asked him what his favorite Marx brothers movie was and he got all huffy. He slammed down his hand and said YOU MUST BE KIDDING"
Apparently the Senator from Delaware, mistook Benoit's movie question to the start of a debate of Obama's Redistribute the Wealth Tax Plan.
"So I thought I would Change the Subject," Said Benoit, " So I said Do You like the Three Stooges? And Biden Gets Crazy again. Are you talking about Reid, Pelosi and Obama?" I was stunned I didn't know what to say next. Er, so Senator, I tried, the weather is changing, I bet you the changing Leaves in Delaware must be beautiful"
"DID YOU SAY WEATHER Biden Screamed at me. All this talk of Bill Ayers and the Weather Underground, is a desperate attept to deflect the Issues."
"Biden really lost it when I tried to calm things Down. Senator Biden, I don't mean to upset you. Lets try something new."
"NEW ! DID YOU SAY NEW? Now you are talking about Senator Obama's Socialist and New Party Ties? THATS IT I AM OUT OF HERE!"
"And was it, he left the studio and I am frozen out" said Yid, "I didnt even get to ask him one question."
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 07:27 PM CDT
From the Daily Beast
hat tip to HH
Publicly, he's acting like he already won. But behind the scenes, Obama's campaign is amassing lawyers and gearing up to counter dirty tactics on election day.
By Paul Alexander
This week, Barack Obama has shown clear signs that he is confident he is going to win. But privately, top Obama leadership are still worried that Republicans might be able to pull off another improbable election night victory.
Last week, in closed-to-the-press meetings, Obama officials briefed major donors about their concerns heading into the election's final stretch. One of those meetings took place in Austin, Texas—a city in the solid red state of Texas that has raised a surprisingly large amount of money for Obama, mostly from the city's high-tech community.
"The Obama campaign has learned the lessons of 2000 and 2004. On Election Day, lawyers will be everywhere—all the way down to the county level."
In Texas and other states, Obama officials are preparing for the possibility that polls may be wildly off because of the so-called Bradley effect.
"The Obama officials are very cautious," says an attendee at the Austin meeting. "They want comfortable margins in place just in case. They are looking at three to six percentage points as a possible Bradley effect. Before they consider a state comfortable, they want it outside the polling margins. They think the Bradley effect could be as large as six—maybe even seven—percentage points, but they don't really know."
Another major concern of the campaign is what they consider to be voter suppression. "The Obama leadership believes there is a systematic campaign," says the attendee, "by the White House and the Justice Department to suppress voter turnout across the country."
To counteract the Bradley effect and potential voter suppression, the Obama leadership has amassed one of the largest legal teams ever assembled by a presidential campaign. The main goal of the legal team, almost all of them volunteers, is to guarantee ballot security. "The Obama campaign has learned the lessons of 2000 and 2004," my source says. "On Election Day, lawyers will be everywhere—all the way down to the county level.
Obama officials point to the government's treatment of ACORN, the nationwide association of community organizations, as an example of possible voter suppression. The campaign has never relied on ACORN for its voter registration drives, according to Obama officials, and is viewed as only one of many venders hired by the campaign. Of the $605 million raised by the Obama campaign so far, only $800,000 has gone to ACORN—a number that could be much larger, and would have been had the campaign relied on it more heavily.
But perhaps the most important asset the Obama campaign has is an army of workers estimated to be as large as 100,000 nationwide. Some paid staffers, mostly volunteers, the workers are being spread out across the country to states the Obama campaign is targeting. For example, 5,000 workers based in Texas—a state Obama doesn't expect to win—are being relocated to New Mexico, a state Obama believe he can win.
Obama workers will be flooding into other battleground states in the waning days of the presidential race, among them Colorado, Nevada, and Ohio—perhaps even Georgia and Montana. What is impressive about this sizable operation is its very organization. By Election Day, campaign officials believe, they may have the most extensive grass-roots organization of any presidential campaign in history.
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 05:39 PM CDT
College news network Palestra.com has once again put network news stations to shame. Their latest news report show that Obama College staffers have NOT withdrawn their absentee ballots despite the fact that they are not legal residents. They have voted illegally in Ohio. One Bragging on facebook that "Obama got me a house in Ohio." Mmmmmmmmmm.... voter fraud encouraged by the political campaign. Oh wait, this is OHIO, the Secretary of State ALLOWS Illegal voting there. Watch this video below:
Cross posted from YID with LID
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 04:59 PM CDT
What do you expect from skinheads? Sickening. Disgusting. Rabid dogs that should be put down.
Federal agents have disrupted a plot to assassinate Barack Obama and shoot or decapitate dozens of black students in Tennessee, the ATF said Monday.
Read the rest.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand the sickness that pervades the minds of these skinheads.
Nothing justifies this type of racial hatred or sickness.
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 04:50 PM CDT
Editorial from The Arizona Republic:
Nowhere else in the country do voters know John McCain like Arizonans know John McCain.
I love living in AZ.
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 04:20 PM CDT
I have read his pieces since I started blogging in late 2006, quoted him often. His writing style was witty and whether you agreed with him or not, he always showed respect.
William Kristol reports that writer Dean Barnett died, age 41.
Best wishes and heartfelt sympathy to his family and friends.
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 04:00 PM CDT
First a Florida interviewer, Barbara West, asks Joe Biden questions he doesn't like, refusing to simply toss him softball questions and the Barack Obama campaign cancels his wife Jill Biden's scheduled interview, then refuses any more interviews with WFTV.
Now, looks like a local station in Pennsylvania gets the same treatment. H/T Malkin for the video below.
Another one bites the dust!
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 03:48 PM CDT
One of the most read articles published by Faultline USA this past year is Obama’s Marxist Liberation Theology Church, which is being republished today here in its entirety.
Faultline USA was on the forefront of the successful battle to move the Brite Divinity School Jeremiah Wright award ceremony from the Campus of Texas Christian University back in March. Faultline USA has written several extensive articles about Jeremiah Wright, which can be found by using the Google Faultline USA search box in the right side-bar.
The best lie is a little pig that’s always hidden between several fluffy layers of truth and covered with a lot of lipstick and charisma.
Read also the post by Church and State: Obama's Pastor Embarrasses Entire Congregation. Be sure to View the video where “Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, Barak Obama's pastor, went on Hannity & Colmes last night to respond to claims that his church is a black separatist congregation.”
Obama’s pastor, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, continued to evade Hannity while he hammered away asking again and agin if Hannity had ever read James H. Cone, one of the primary authors of Black Liberation Theology.
Oddly enough, I just happen to have several of Cone’s works on hand. Here’s just a little from Cone’s classic book A Black Theology of Liberation (Twentieth Anniversary Edition):
Emphasis added by me:
An excellent overview of the grave dangers of Liberation Theology was written in 1984 by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI).
Here Ratzinger analyzes some of the central concepts of Liberation Theology:
Kingdom of God: “ . .the Kingdom must not be understood in a spiritualist or universalist manner, not in the sense of an abstract eschatological eventuality. It must be understood in partisan terms and with a view to praxis. The meaning of the Kingdom can only be defined by reference to the praxis of Jesus, not theoretically: it means working at the historical reality that surrounds us in order to transform it into the Kingdom.”
Overcoming Dualism “Here we must mention another basic idea of a particular postconciliar theology which has led in this direction. People said that after the Council every dualism must be overcome: the dualism of body and soul, of natural and supernatural, of this world and the world beyond, of then and now. Once these supposed dualisms had been eliminated, it only remained to work for a kingdom to be realized in present history and in politicoeconomic reality. This meant, however, that one had ceased to work for the benefit of people in this present time and had begun to destroy the present in the interests of a supposed future: thus the real dualism had broken loose.”
Note: The above explanation of overcoming dualism certainly gives us some insight into the suicidal nature of leftist thought!
Death and Resurrection: “ . . . Man has taken over God's gesture — this manifests the whole transformation of the biblical message in an almost tragic way . . .”
Eucharist is interpreted as a celebration of liberation in the sense of politico-messianic hope and praxis.
The word redemption is largely replaced by liberation, which is seen, against the background of history and the class struggle, as a process of progressive liberation.
Action is truth “. . . The only true orthodoxy is therefore orthopraxy.”
Posted: 27 Oct 2008 02:20 PM CDT
An issue that Barack Obama himself admitted was a "legitimate political issue" is also an issue the John McCain campaign has not taken advantage of.
"I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that he had made in the past," he said. "The fact that he's my former pastor I think makes it a legitimate political issue."
That issue is Jeremiah Wright, Former pastor to Barack Obama, whom Obama called "like family" and a man that has spewed some of the most vile, anti-American, racist hatred, from his pulpit, while Barack Obama sat there for over 16 years, listening.
After the videos of Wright spewing his "God Damn America" remarks, went viral online and was seen from coast to coast on television, Barack Obama denounced the words, but refused to denounce the man and it wasn't until Wright made the rounds with interviews and publicly said Barack Obama was only denouncing Wright's rhetoric because of "political expediency", that Obama finally distanced himself from Jeremiah Wright himself and shortly after Obama resigned his membership from the Trinity Church.
Originally Obama denied having heard Wright's controversial remarks, then he later made a speech where he finally admitted he did.
Now that we are caught up, we see that finally, someone is bringing Wright into the campaign.
The National Republican Trust PAC is spending $2.5 million on an ad campaign, (video below) to be aired in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida which hits on Barack Obama's close admitted relationship with Jeremiah Wright..
Text of AD:
[Update]A reminder of Jeremiah Wright's type of rhetoric that Obama sat and listened to all those years in the video below:
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