From Hillary supporter and Harlem pastor, the
Honorable James David Manning, via his website and YouTube:
Obamas Bra 54 Double D
Barack Obama uses the Obama Girls 54 Double D
to start his campaign. This message was preached on 16 February
And in case you think Mr. Manning was just
overwrought, he said pretty much the same things, but in a calmer mode, a month
Harlem Preacher says Obama got a White
Pastor Manning says black people have left
Hillary for Obama. For More Info check out www.atlah.org. This message was
preached on 10 March 2007.
Perhaps now we know why she has not gone after Mr.
Obama for his Reverend Wright.
Ok, I admit that Obama trumps Clinton by happily
attending jeremiah wright's church for almost 20 years and calling him his
"spiritual mentor". But, to tell you the truth, that doesn't make Hillary
Clinton's pal james david manning look any better.
Will Hillary now disassociate herself from this dealer of race hatred?
Let's wait and see.............
HOPE FOR IRAN
You can't keep a good idea down. And western civilization is a good
TEHRAN, March 19 (UPI)
-- Many Iranian youths rallied in streets across the country, shouting "Death
to Ahmadinejad," in celebrations marking the end of the Persian calendar
The last Wednesday of the Persian calendar is celebrated as the
Fire Festival in Iran, with bonfires and firecrackers marking the
In the western city of
Ahvaz, angry mobs declared "Freedom is our legitimate right" while
demonstrators in the western city of Sanandaj shouted "Death to (Iranian
President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad," Ynetnews reported Wednesday.
police in Tehran were out in force and, though they were met with a barrage of
firecrackers, the situation didn't escalate beyond what is typical
for the Fire Festival, local reports cited in the news report
Ahmed Raza-Radan, the police chief in Tehran, warned
demonstrators against violating the rule of law in a news
"The police force has
resolved to detain any party-goers who break the law. The secret police will
have full control, and
will not hesitate to photograph citizens for evidence," he
It is a measure of how strong the desire for freedom is among Iran's youth
that they risk everything - including their lives (don't doubt that for a
minute) to protest in this horrific shari'a police state.
I wish them every success. And soon..
BARACK OBAMA: A PROFILE IN COURAGE? OR A "CHECKERS" SPEECH
Not surprisingly, given its fawning adoration for Mr. Obama Today's lead
editorial in the New York Tank...er, Times, calls yesterday's speech about race
a "Profile In Courage".
The Times has somehow figured out that Barack Obama's speech, which he
had to make as his poll numbers dropped precipitously because the
public finally found out about jeremiah wright, was somehow courageous.
The truth, of course, is that it was a necessary, even desperate, political
calculation. Mr. Obama would never have made this speech in a million years if
he didn't have to.
Was the speech eloquent? Yes, very. Did it touch on subjects that
need to be discussed? You bet it did. Am I glad that some of the
things he brought up were said? Absolutely. But that does not change
the fact that none of those factors caused this speech. Politics and
politics alone caused Mr. Obama to make it.
Simply stated, this was the 2008 version of Richard Nixon's "checkers"
Here is the first part of the Tank..er, Times, editorial. You can
read the full editorial by clicking here.
The bold print is mine:
Mr. Obamas Profile in
There are moments increasingly rare in
risk-abhorrent modern campaigns when politicians are called upon to bare their
fundamental beliefs. In the best of these moments, the speaker does not just
salve the current political wound, but also illuminates larger, troubling issues
that the nation is wrestling with.
Inaugural addresses by Abraham Lincoln and
Franklin D. Roosevelt come to mind, as does John F. Kennedys
1960 speech on religion, with its enduring vision of the separation
between church and state. Senator Barack Obama, who has not faced such tests of
character this year, faced one on Tuesday. It is hard to imagine how he could
have handled it better.
Mr. Obama had to address race and religion, the
two most toxic subjects in politics. He was as powerful and frank as Mitt Romney
was weak and calculating earlier this year in his attempt to persuade the
religious right that his Mormonism is Christian enough for them.
It was not a moment to which Mr. Obama came
easily. He hesitated uncomfortably long in dealing with the controversial
remarks of his spiritual mentor and former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright
Jr., who denounced the United States as endemically racist, murderous and
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama drew a bright line
between his religious connection with Mr. Wright, which should be none of the
voters business, and having a political connection, which would be very much
their business. The distinction seems especially urgent after seven
years of a president who has worked to blur the line between church and
Mr. Obama acknowledged his strong ties to Mr.
Wright. He embraced him as the man who helped introduce me to my Christian
faith, and said that as imperfect as he may be, he has been like family to
Wisely, he did not claim to be unaware of
Mr. Wrights radicalism or bitterness, disarming the speculation about
whether he personally heard the longtime pastor of his church speak the words
being played and replayed on YouTube. Mr. Obama said Mr. Wrights
comments were not just potentially offensive, as politicians are apt to do, but
rightly offend white and black alike and are wrong in their analysis of
America. But, he said, many Americans have heard remarks from your pastors,
priests or rabbis with which you strongly disagree.
Mr. Obamas eloquent speech should end the
debate over his ties to Mr. Wright since there is nothing to suggest
that he would carry religion into government.
Ok, enough. I could fertilize my front yard, back yard and every other
lawn on the block with that much BS. The stench would be
Let's go through this and see why it reeks:
-Comparing Mr. Obama's "I can't defend this guy so I have to say something
- here goes" speech to Lincoln, FDR and JFK is disgraceful. Their
speeches were not made to get past a scandalous association with a hate-filled
"pastor" and save a political campaign. Obama's speech was.
As such, using the title of JFK's pulitzer-prize winning book as the title of
the editorial disgusted me;
-If 17 years of attending a church that is based on Black liberation
theology and has a pastor ranting out the vilest anti USA, anti White and anti
Israel/Jew diatribes he can think of isn't political, what is? Did the
Times tell us Mitt Romney's Mormon faith was none of our business too? I
don't recall them saying so.
And then we have the fact that, after "retiring" as pastor of this church,
jeremiah wright was immediately brought on as an advisor to Mr. Obama. A
political advisor. And he was only removed a few
days ago because of the firestorm over his message of hate. Is THAT our
business? Somehow the Times forgot to mention this fact.
-Mr. Obama "did not claim to be unaware" of wright's filth in his speech,
that's true. But until
this speech he did claim to be
unaware, as he went on show after show and stated that he didn't hear wright
preaching this kind of material.
Therefore Mr. Obama's statement yesterday, that he did hear wright say
these kinds of things, was not courageous. It was covering up the
lie he had been telling us for the past week.
-The equating of jeremiah wright's vile sick hate-filled garbage with what every other
clergyperson says every now and again is one of the two most odious things
Mr. Obama said in this speech (the other was calling his own grandmother a
racist - a completely unnecessary add-in that left me slack-jawed with
As I mentioned yesterday, in over a half century of attending synagogues
and Christian religious services for a variety of reasons I have never heard
any rabbi or priest say anything like what wright vomits out to his cheering
Instead of praising Obama for this comparison they should have pilloried him for
it, and then expressed strong disapproval of an entire congregation eating it
up and loving wright's hatred. But this is the New York Tank, and they are in
the tank for Obama. So they pretend it is a high point of his
speech, not a low-down insult to the clergy of our country.
-Finally, if the Times thinks this speech ends the jeremiah wright issue,
it is beyond logic, reason and hope.
Mr. Obama has attended this church for 17 years without expressing any problem with
wright. He had wright marry him and his wife. He had wright
baptize both his children. He calls wright his "spiritual mentor".
He hired him as a political consultant just last month.
Interestingly, neither the Times nor the Today show (at least not
that I saw) showed us any overnight polls on how people felt about the Obama
speech. It is very hard to believe none were taken. This suggests
to me that, if they were, these two "neutral" news venues decided you should not
know the results.
The only one I did see was an online poll taken for Greta Van Susteren's
"On The Record" show which airs on Fox News Channel. I cheerfully concede
that online polls are completely unscientific and a Fox News audience is likely
to be far less pro-Obama than, say, an MSNBC audience. But with those
caveats in mind, the verdict was that 12% said Obama's speech helped him and 87%
said it hurt him.
Make of it what you will.
THE REAL REASON FOR OBAMA'S SPEECH
Maybe the excerpts from this Reuters report, then a CBS report - both out in
the last 24 hours - will shed a bit of light on why Barack Obama suddenly felt
the need to address jeremiah wright yesterday. The bold print is mine:
Obama's lead over Clinton narrows: Reuters
Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:07am
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrat Barack
Obama's big national lead over Hillary Clinton has all but evaporated in the
U.S. presidential race, and both Democrats trail Republican John
McCain, according a Reuters/Zogby poll released on Wednesday.
The poll showed Obama had only a
statistically insignificant lead of 47 percent to 44 percent over Clinton, down
sharply from a 14 point edge he held over her in February when he was
riding the tide of 10 straight victories.
Illinois Sen. Obama, who would be America's first
black president, has been buffeted by attacks in recent weeks from New York Sen.
Clinton over his fitness to serve as commander-in-chief and by a tempest
over racially charged sermons given by his Chicago preacher.
The poll showed Arizona Sen. McCain, who has
clinched the Republican presidential nomination, is benefiting from the lengthy
campaign battle between Obama and Clinton, who are now battling to win
Pennsylvania on April 22.
McCain leads 46 percent to 40 percent in a
hypothetical matchup against Obama in the November presidential election,
according to the poll.
That is a sharp turnaround from the
Reuters/Zogby poll from last month, which showed in a head-to-head matchup that
Obama would beat McCain 47 percent to 40 percent.
CBS Poll: Pastor's Remarks Hurt
Obama March 18,
(CBS) A new CBS
News poll finds that while most voters who have heard at least
something about controversial statements made by Barack Obama's longtime pastor
say their view of the Democratic presidential candidate is unchanged, a third
say it has made them feel more negative about Obama.
found that among registered voters, 25 percent said they had heard "a lot" about
Rev. Jeremiah Wright's comments, while 33 percent said they had heard some.
Forty-two percent said they hadn't heard about the comments.
voters, sixty-five percent said it didnt make a difference in their view of
Obama. However, of those whose opinion is changed, the net impact is very
negative. Thirty percent said it made them have a less favorable view,
whereas 2 percent said it made their view more favorable.
Democrats are especially apt to say
their views are unchanged, with 76 percent saying it has made no difference of
their view of Obama, 15 percent saying it made their view less favorable and 2
percent saying it made their view more favorable.
Republicans are the
most likely to say their view has been affected: 47 percent say they've become
less favorable, and 53 percent said it did not make a different.
Sixty-one percent of independent voters say they are unaffected,
but 36 percent said it made their view less favorable. Two percent of
independents said it made them more favorable view.
So? Do you think the internal polls
conducted for Mr. Obama just might have shown this negative movement
as well? And would that have caused him to suddenly decide
yesterday's speech was necessary?
Think hard. This is a tough one............
SEAN PENN: HOLLYWOOD LEFT WING NUTCAKE
Don't take my word for it. Here is Sean Penn is in his own words,
taking time out from filming on location in San Francisco to confer his "wit and
wisdom" to a group of fans.:
"I almost wish Jerry Falwell were alive to see this.
Almost," Penn shouted to the crowd. After dropping some names of conservatives
who are still with us - "Bill O'Reilly, who is too stupid to talk about," and
"Sean Hannity, the butt boy of Rupert Murdoch," Penn said, "We know something
more. We know their end is near."
What a horse's ass.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: MISLEADING THE PACK
With all the attention being focused on Barack Obama's speech and what it did or didn't do,
I don't want to let this terrible attempt to mislead New York Times readers go
by without mention.
Here is a NewYork Times headline, straight from the paper delivered
to my home this morning. Tell me what it means:
Poll Shows Palestinians Back Striking
That seems pretty straightforward, doesn't it? A poll was taken among
Palestinian Arabs and, by and large, they support military action of some
indeterminate kind against Israel. If you read that, you would not at all
have been surprised. You would have yawned and moved on to the next
But wait a minute. Don't move on so fast. Because that headline
is completely masking thereal story. Here is the first part of the
- see how it squares with that headline:
RAMALLAH, West Bank A new poll shows that an
overwhelming majority of Palestinians support
the attack this month on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem that killed eight young
men, most of them teenagers, an indication of the alarming level of
Israeli-Palestinian tension in recent weeks.
survey also shows unprecedented support for the shooting of rockets on Israeli
towns from the Gaza Strip and for the end of the peace negotiations between
Palestinian and Israeli leaders.
So, as you can see, the real story - the one you probably
would not have even bothered to read based on its headline - is that
an overwhelming majority of "Palestinians" support the attack which already took place,
in which 8 unarmed, civilian, teenage children were slaughtered by a gunman, with 10
others wounded, some horribly.
This is how the New York Times gets away with misleading its readers.
No one can say they didn't REPORT it. But the headline would have caused a
minimum of readers to ever see the truth.
Now, go online to the paper's website: www.nytimes.com , and see that this was
such an outrage that they were embarrassed into changing the headline to:
Poll Shows Most Palestinians Favor Violence Over
The truth is, even this second attemnpt is misleading. But at
least it moves somewhere near the key element of the story.
Why does the New York Times Mislead its readers?
Why does the New York Times protect Palestinian Arabs who want to murder
DAILY KOS ------------- FOX NEWS
We've all heard the expression "opposite ends of the spectrum". Well,
here is an example of what it means.
Earlier today I posted an online poll taken during Greta Van Susteren's "On
the Record" program last night, which assessed the effect of Barack Obama's
speech. I warned that online polls are eminently unscientific and that the
audience for a Fox show would probably skew significantly against Obama.
The results, from about 15,000 viewers, were that 12% felt the speech helped
Mr. Obama and 87% felt it hurt him.
Here, as of just a minute or two ago (it's 3:25PM in New Jersey) are the
results of the Daily Kos' online poll regarding Barack Obama's speech, with a
relatively comparable number of votes (over 13,000):
Will the speech Barack Obama gave
yesterday help or hurt his campaign?
The above table works
out to 85% of Daily Kos people thinking the speech helped Mr. Obama versus 4%
thinking it hurt him.
Remember, everyone saw the same speech, and the number of responses are about
How's that for "opposite ends of the spectrum"? Opposite
enough for you?
A FORGOTTEN KISS, A FAMILY SAVED
This story, from WLWT in Ohio, is bittersweet. But, despite the fact
that it tells of a family's possessions being wiped out, I bet you'll feel good
See for yourself:
Father Returns To Kiss Son
Goodbye, Saves Family From Fire
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A father who forgot to kiss his
son goodbye ended up saving his familys lives.
Kevin Roy said he was pulling out of his
driveway Tuesday morning when he realized he hadnt kissed his 1-year-old son,
Koby, and worried how he might feel if something had happened.
I just wanted to tell him I loved him
before I left, Roy said. I pulled up to the end of the driveway and thought,
I want to go in and tell him bye, because I normally do. It's just something
I do on a daily basis, so I decided to go back in.
He ran back inside the Hamilton Township
house to find it filled with smoke.
He said he couldn't even see upstairs, and
all I heard was him screaming for me, said Ashley Swingley, Roys fiance.
Roy said he easily reached Swingley and
helped her to safety, but he said reaching Koby was more difficult.
The childs bedroom was so full of smoke
that the boys parents could not see him.
I couldn't even see into his room, and I
just grabbed him and ran outside, said Swingley.
The three made it safely outside the burning
home, but the flames destroyed nearly everything they owned.
It's a complete washout, Roy said. We
lost everything we have: furniture, clothing, the baby's crib. Its just a
mess; everythings gone.
Kobys first birthday party had been planned
for this weekend at the familys home, which was declared a total loss.
The fire remains under investigation, and a
fund was set up under Swingleys name at First Financial Bank to help the
family recover from the fire.
In these days of terrorism, rising oil prices and financial downturns it
is nice to read a story like this, because it makes us feel good about things,
if only for a moment. I hope you agree.
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