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Who is the Real Barack Obama?

October 15, 2008

Setting aside irony and sarcasm for the moment, I want to answer this question that the McCain-Palin insist on asking.

The “Real Barack Obama” is a guy comfortable in his own skin and as comfortable in Red as Blue states. That makes him the real American in this presidential campaign. He doesn’t hide from the press. He doesn’t make excuses and cast blame. He’s expanded his campaign into territory that presidents and democrats hasn’t tread in decades. So regardless of the misinformation spewed across the airwaves people are getting the opportunity to meet the man for who he is.

This is why Obama’s going to win. You can call him whatever names you want, but in the end he’s a level-headed, thoughtful, intelligent person who people have no problem getting behind to get this country out of a deep mess. And Obama didn’t panic and dress up in camouflage to shoot geese or don a helmet to ride around in a tank to “win” voters. Through it all he has stuck to his strategy, tactics, and message and his starched shirts and dress pants. He’s come out of every scuffle looking intelligent and rational and believe it or not that’s a breath of fresh air for most people.

On the other hand, McCain and Palin have descended into a level of name-calling weirdness that even Hollywood wouldn’t consider marketable.

Watch this cool video to learn more.

Say It Ain’t So, John! McCain’s Transition Chief Aided Saddam Hussein in Lobbying Effort

October 14, 2008

New on Huffington Post.

Excerpt:

“William Timmons, the Washington lobbyist who John McCain has named to head his presidential transition team, aided an influence effort on behalf of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to ease international sanctions against his regime.

“The two lobbyists who Timmons worked closely with over a five year period on the lobbying campaign later either pleaded guilty to or were convicted of federal criminal charges that they had acted as unregistered agents of Saddam Hussein’s government.

“During the same period beginning in 1992, Timmons worked closely with the two lobbyists, Samir Vincent and Tongsun Park, on a previously unreported prospective deal with the Iraqis in which they hoped to be awarded a contract to purchase and resell Iraqi oil. Timmons, Vincent, and Park stood to share at least $45 million if the business deal went through.”

“An investigator who worked on the U.N. investigation of the oil-for-food program told [the Huffington Post] that Timmons clearly should have or did understand that he was the possible recipient of oil contracts from the Iraqi government because of his lobbying and back channel diplomatic efforts on behalf of Saddam: “He would have to be the most naive person in the world to believe that was not the case,” the official told me. “I guess William Timmons is just a natural born oilman. He is either deceiving himself to rationalize what he has done or taking the rest of us for fools.”

So John McCain pals around with a guy who palled around with a terrorist named Saddam Hussein. Or if not palling around, he at least got to know him well enough so he and Hussein could do business together and make lots of money between them.

Max Blumenthal’s Coverage of Pastor Thomas Muthee at Wasilla Assembly of God, September 2008.

October 10, 2008

Video from hidden cameras and tape recorders and video from Wasilla, Alaska. It includes interviews with Rev. Howard Bess, author of “Pastor, I am Gay”, a book that Palin and others successfully fought to get banned from the Mat-Su Valley bookstores and that she sought to get banned from the public library. And an interview with Peggy Brown, executive director the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault who talks about the huge number of cases of rape and incest that occur in the region. And an attempted interview with McCain-Palin campaign representatives in Wasilla. There is also coverage of an anti-abortion really in Wasilla (I guess these are pretty common occurances). The speaker makes the argument that using birth control pills amounts to murder.

And Max’s web site.

Is this why there are no snakes in Alaska?

More Details about Sarah Palin’s Terrorist Pals in the AIP

October 10, 2008

A great interview about playing the association game on the Rachel Maddow show with guest Max Blumenthal. And the article Blumental wrote with Dave Neiwert on Salon.com about the Alaskan Independence party and their pal Sarah Palin.

And the YouTube post.

I was waiting for Max’s follow-up article about Pastor Muthee’s visit to the Wasilla Assembly of God. But I guess this story trumps that one. [Correction: It’s here.]

Say it ain’t so, Sarah! Why raise Ayers’ name in a dubious link to Obama when you have palled around with so many truly nutty, talkative, fringe people up there in Alaska throughout your adult life? I can’t tell if Sarah has a self-defeating personality complex or if she’s just not  very smart and doesn’t realize how playing the association game makes her look truly bad. John McCain’s looking pretty bad, too, by pointing a finger at organizations that Obama has worked with when that group was funded by major philanthropist Walter H. Annenberg whose wife is one of McCain’s supporters for the 2008 presidential compaign.

Sarah didn’t learn her lessons in Sunday school very well: particularly the one about the Golden Rule. And she has this strange compulsion to live in a glass house and fling stones wildly in all directions. She needs help: She is under the sway of powerful witchcraft.

Widow of Terrorist Financier Attempts to Influence Presidential Election

October 10, 2008

In a video released Thursday, the McCain-Palin campaign exposed how in 1993 Barack Obama and William Ayers collaborated in a Chicago-based, radical, educational organization. Research has revealed that the  organization, the Chicago School Reform Collaborative Working Group, fully unleashed its tactics when the Annenberg Foundation funded it in 1994 to the tune of $49.2 million.

Further investigation shows that while the Annenberg Foundation’s founder, William H. Annenberg, is no longer alive that his widow, Leonore, continues to carry out his organization’s objectives. As recently as  2007 Leonore Annenberg held high-level meetings with a representative of a country with documented acts of war and aggression against the United States: Queen Elizabeth II. The meeting was held in private under tight security and hosted by George W. Bush. And earlier this year in an act calculated to change the course of American history, Leonore Annenberg endorsed the McCain-Palin presidential campaign.

We must draw a line in the sand and demand that John McCain disavow the Annenberg Foundation and Leonore Annenberg. Their continued activities are far-reaching throughout the United States and include grantseeking workshops, executive leadership seminars, high school mentoring, and developing the federal workforce.

The Annenberg Foundation can be contacted here.

The McCain-Palin campaign can be contacted here.

And just how has the McCain video impacted American public opinion? It has lowered Obama’s favorable rating perhaps by 2 points. It has, however, increased McCain’s unfavorable rating by a net 2 points.  And overall, this has not stopped Obama’s increased support in battleground states. And in a survey of Wikipedia hits, interest in Ayers has not approached the interest levels of the Keating 5.  This perspective from the people at Five Thirty Eight.