Friday, 19 September 2008

MIKE GALLAGHER ON ELECTION UGLINESS

Ken Berwitz

Mike Gallagher has written what I think is a very insightful column about how ugly the 2008 presidential campaign is getting, and who is supplying the lion's share of ugliness.  Here it is -- see if you agree:

 

It's Gettin' Ugly Out There
by Mike Gallagher

The Democrats sure have been busy this week. They have now dropped any pretense of civility or decency in this remarkable 2008 election season. Evidently, the selection of Sarah Palin as John McCains running mate has turned a number of Dems into rabid attack dogs.

Gone is the appearance of unity.

The act of campaigning with any sort of honor or respect has vanished from the Democrat playbook.

This campaign went from politics to blood sport a long time ago. Now, the Democratic Party voices are nasty, shrill and vile.

Consider what has taken place in just the past few days:

Leftist hackers invaded Gov. Palins privacy by criminally breaking into her personal email account; voyeuristic websites posted the private correspondence all over the internet. During an Obama campaign appearance, a bland governor from Kansas made the not-so-bland assertion that the reason the current polls are so close is because one of the candidates is half-black. While campaigning on one of the TV networks, Democrat Vice-Presidential candidate Joe Biden actually suggested that its high time that Americans stop being so unpatriotic by not wanting to pay higher taxes. And finally, the Democrat candidate himself urged his followers to start arguments and get in (the) faces of Republicans and independents.

As my kids would say, these Democrats have gone and jumped ugly.

Truthfully, ugly doesnt even begin to describe what the Democrats are doing these days. When Gov. Kathleen Sebelius injects the stale, tired old claim that racism might just keep Obama out of the White House, dont think for a moment that isnt done with the total blessing of the Obama campaign. If Sen. Obama was sailing along with a 10 point lead in the polls, they wouldnt be reduced to such babble. Theyd at least pretend this election is about issues, ideology and truth.

They just cant figure out how to tear down the genuine Republican enthusiasm over the McCain/Palin ticket. Is the excitement part of a GOP revolution? A renaissance, perhaps?

Too early to tell. But if John McCain wins, you can bet the farm thats what everyone will be saying.

The Democrats are dumbfounded. And now, theyre just being dumb.

When I first heard the audio clip from ABCs Good Morning America featuring Sen. Biden claiming that its time to be patriotic...time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut by forcing Americans who make over 250 thousand a year to pay higher taxes, I couldnt really believe my ears. I know Biden can be a loose cannon -- just ask convenience store clerks with accents or Black Americans who would be (rightfully) offended at being called clean and articulate -- but not this nuts. Surely the Democratic VP candidate wasnt stupid enough to claim that paying higher taxes is a form of patriotism, was he?

Not only did he say it once, but he has repeated the claim. He even angrily defended his comments at a union gathering later the same day.

I can just picture the next Democrat campaign billboard: Get Taxed Through The Nose, Wave A Flag!

And finally, there is Sen. Obama getting pretty aggressive with his rhetoric. At a rally in Ohio, Obama told thousands of cheering supporters: I need you to go out and talk to your friends and talk to your neighbors. I want you to talk to them whether they are independent or whether they are Republican. I want you to argue with them and get in their face.

I personally witnessed a number of the Democrat anarchists in St. Paul, site of the GOP Convention. The police there accurately described them as a bunch of dangerous criminals who were capable of serious vandalism, violence and even death. They sure do know the meaning of getting in ones face.

How nice of Sen. Obama to encourage them to get in (the) faces of the loyal opposition. Real responsible.

If a looney Democrat beats an independent or Republican to death over the backyard picket fence, I wonder if Obama will feel bad?

Its definitely turning ugly. And the Republican Party will be tested. Will we jump ugly and take the lefties on by degenerating to their level?

I truly hope not.

Well win this election on the strength of ideas and philosophy and moral clarity.

Well beat the failed Democrat policies of the past by invoking the true working class spirit of good and decent Americans who want to work hard, achieve success, and celebrate the sanctity of this, the greatest country in the world.

As painful as it is to witness the classlessness of Democrats, this is a process that has to happen. Millions of Americans are watching with their mouths agape, positively stunned that Barack Obamas party could stoop so low.

Instead of hiding in the shadows, Im thankful that so many Democrats are willing to expose their true sense of self.

This can only be great news for the Republican Party on November 4th.

Footnote:  If you want to fill in any blanks on these actions by the Democratic party, be sure to watch keith olbermann and rachel maddow on MSNBC.  Being the neutral sources of information they are, you certainly can be sure all sides will be covered equally.

Just as sure as the sun comes up in the evening and the moon comes out in the morning.


MY E-MAIL TO THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS OF MAJOR AMERICAN JEWISH ORGANIZATIONS

Ken Berwitz

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations disinvited Sarah Palin from an anti-Iran protest.  Why?  Because Hillary Clinton decided she wouldn't show up at the protest if Governor Palin was a participant. 

In other words, Hillary Clinton considered political partisanship more important than protesting Iran on behalf of Jewish organizations -- and the organization running the protest considered political partisanship more important than the protest too.

For this reason I just sent them the following e-mail:

This "organization" cancelled Sarah Palin from an anti-Iran protest because Hillary Clinton decided to pull out? 
 
Because she played politics with the protest by refusing to stand on the stage with Palin you eliminate Palin from the protest?
 
Whores.  You'll never get another penny from me

And I mean every word of it.  They can take THAT to the bank.


JOSH HOWARD: IDIOT? RACIST? ANTI-USA? ALL OF THE ABOVE?

Ken Berwitz

It is hard to classify josh howard, who plays basketball in the NBA for the mark cuban-owned Dallas Mavericks.  Is he an idiot?  Is he a racist?  Is he anti-USA?  Is he some combination of these possibilities and/or are there others I've left out?

For my money he's all three.

Here is howard's latest idiocy/racism/anti-USA garbage. courtesy of the Dallas Morning News.  While every part of this story is repulsive, please pay special attention to the paragraph I've put in bold print:

Dallas Mavericks' Josh Howard disrespects national anthem

12:19 PM CDT on Thursday, September 18, 2008

By EDDIE SEFKO / The Dallas Morning News
esefko@dallasnews.com

Josh Howard's decision-making has again come into question after he was filmed disrespecting the national anthem.

And the Mavericks are taking steps to help Howard and their other players avoid controversy in the future.

In a video posted on YouTube, the swingman is shown at Allen Iverson's charity flag football game in July. When the national anthem is being sung, various participants are shown mugging for the camera. When the camera gets to Howard, he says: " 'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black."

Howard goes on to make a difficult-to-discern comment that includes a reference to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The video comes on the heels of his July arrest for a late-night street race in North Carolina and last season's admission that he is an occasional marijuana user. He also had a birthday bash for himself after the Mavericks lost Game 4 of their playoff series against New Orleans, even though coach Avery Johnson had asked the players to keep extracurricular activities to a minimum during the playoffs.

Owner Mark Cuban said the Mavericks dealt with Howard's flag football episode after it happened in July.

"That said, we will be going through some advanced communication-skill sessions together this training camp," Cuban said Tuesday. "I have explained to him that cellphone cameras are not your friend and that what you think you said on camera is never what people will hear when it shows up on YouTube or TV.

"There is only one universal response that works: 'Both teams played hard.' "

This is not the first time Howard has been cast in an un-American light. He rejected an offer to join the U.S. Olympic team when he said the initial training camp in 2006 conflicted with his summer camps.

Howard's agent, Mark Schwartz, did not return phone messages.

The Mavericks received numerous off-season trade offers for Howard, but almost all were from teams who presumed a low-ball offer might prompt a deal. Team officials have said repeatedly they're not interested in trading Howard.

"Josh really is a good guy with a great heart," Cuban said. "He just doesn't do a good job of showing that side of himself publicly. We will work on that."

Normally, when reading something like this I would just shake my head in amazement and disgust.  It wouldn't make it into the blog.  But in this case we also have the team owner, mark cuban, who got fabulously rich in software and web radio (congratulations to him for doing so) showing his all-too-characteristic obnoxious, ridiculous side and explaining it away as if howard's comments were the verbal equivalent of some 6 year old riding his tricycle on the sidewalk. 

Then we also have the NBA owners who would happily fall all over each other to get a talented basketball player, regardless of the baggage he would bring to the team.  howard, as you can see, has enough baggage to fill the belly of an Airbus, all of its overhead compartments and most of its seats.

"The Star Spangled Banner is going on.  I don't celebrate this shit, I'm Black"?   That is an affront to every one of the millions upon millions of Black citizens who are proud of their country.  To say that being Black, in and of itself, is a reason not to "celebrate this shit" is not only stone cold racist, it is low-life beyond belief.  Exactly what you would expect from a racist, an idiot and an anti-USA clown.

But mark cuban is happy to explain it all away with a bunch of dodges and platitudes. 

What does the "friendliness" of a cell phone have to to with this?  Were those howard's words or did the cell phone change what he said?  And does playing hard somehow offset his attitude or his rich history of troublemaking?  I'm sure fidel castro played very hard when he was an aspiring baseball player over 60 years ago.  He's still a murderous, oppressive dictator.

cuban, it should be noted, is the moneybags behind a wholly anti-USA movie titled "Redacted", which stands as one of the biggest box office bombs of all time.  According to www.boxofficemojo.com, it racked up a grand total of $772,223 in gross receipts worldwide.  Of the 131 moviegoers who rated "Redacted", 107, or 82%, gave it an "F".

With all due respect to Mr. cuban, I'm betting he is using all of the same acumen he exhibited when putting out "Redacted" to explain away the racist, idiotic, anti-USA josh howard. 

And the other NBA owners, who would gladly take the pathetic howard off cuban's hands if they could get a good deal to do it, are just as bad.  Maybe even worse.


SARA BERNHARD: SICK, PROFANE HATRED FOR SALE

Ken Berwitz

I'm very happy to be Jewish and very proud of my Jewish heritage.

But if anything could possibly reverse this and make me ashamed of both, it would be what you will see and hear by clicking below.

Watch it and know why I am ashamed to be of the same religious heritage (apparently) as sandra bernhard is.  I am ashamed to be of the same species as sandra bernhardt is.  And I am triply ashamed that this sick filth is being produced at a Jewish venue with a laughing, applauding crowed egging her on.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO, AS WELL AS THE COMMENTARY ABOUT IT BY TIM GRAHAM OF NEWSBUSTERS.ORG.  OR JUST CLICK ON THE VIDEO BELOW.

 BE ADVISED THAT IT CONTAINS NONSTOP PROFANITY AND HATRED.

There you have it, folks.  This is what is being tossed out to attack the McCain/Palin ticket.  Right in D.C.   No excuses for the beltway elites to pretend they don't know it is happening.

FYI, the Washington Post reviewed this "performance".  The reviewer, alex baldinger, was slavishly favorable.  He managed to sing bernhard's praises to the skies without so much as mentioning what she says about Sarah Palin.

alex baldinger, therefore, is an absolute moron.


CHARLES RANGEL CALLS SARAH PALIN 'DISABLED'

Ken Berwitz

charles rangel is the corrupt, dishonest disgrace who has no business being in congress, let alone chairing the House Ways and Means Committee.  As bad as that is, he has truly outdone himself today.  With a level of tastelessness and cruelty unusual even for him, rangel has insultingly referred to Sarah Palin, who just gave birth to a special needs child, as "disabled".

Here is the truly sickening story from WCBS-TV's New York affiliate:

ASTONISHING: Rep. Rangel Calls Palin 'Disabled'

Embattled Politician: It's Laughable That GOP VP Nominee Bases Foreign Policy On Being Able To See Russia

Republicans Infuriated; Rep. King Blasts Rangel

NEW YORK (CBS) ―  Already under fire for his tax troubles, Manhattan Congressman Charles Rangel really put his foot in his mouth on Friday.

In a CBS 2 HD exclusive interview, Rep. Rangel called Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin "disabled."

The question was simple: Why are the Democrats so afraid of Palin and her popularity?

The answer was astonishing.

"You got to be kind to the disabled," Rangel said.

That's right. The chairman of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee called Palin disabled -- even when CBS 2 HD called him on it.

CBS 2 HD: "You got to be kind to the disabled?"

Rangel: "Yes."
 
CBS 2 HD: "She's disabled?"

Rangel: "There's no question about it politically. It's a nightmare to think that a person's foreign policy is based on their ability to look at Russia from where they live.

Republicans think Rangel's comments are insulting as well as shocking.

"Charlie Rangel's comments are clearly disgraceful," Rep. Peter King, R-Long Island, said. "This is just another liberal Democrat who can't accept an independent woman running for president."

King, who is co-chair of the McCain-Palin campaign in New York, watched Rangel's comments with CBS 2 HD. He was particularly upset because Palin's 4-month-old son, Trig, is disabled. He has Down's syndrome.

"We should be sensitive to her or any woman who has a child or family member who has any affliction at all," King said. "And so to use the word disabled in the context of a female candidate for vice president who has a child who is disabled really is wrong. Charlie owes her and the entire disabled community and apology."

Advocates for the disabled are also upset.

"It makes me feel as if he's trying to put her down, trying to say she's not good for the presidency or the vice presidency," said Michael Imperiale of Disabled In Action Of Metropolitan N.Y.

"A disabled president ran this country. He was disabled. His name was Roosevelt."

A spokesman for the McCain-Palin campaign also piled on, saying that this kind of rhetoric has no place in politics.

That sickening enough for you?  Tasteless enough?

Let's forget that Ms. Palin's comment about there being places in Alaska where you can see Russia across the Bering Strait was meant to convey the proximity of the country, not her foreign policy expertise.  Let's also forget that she didn't say she could see Russia specifically from HER property, which means rangel didn't even get his stupid insult right.

How do you fliply and heartlessly use the term 'disabled' that way, to a woman who just gave birth to a Down syndrome child?  Is rangel so far off the deep end that it didn't occur to him how hurtful it would  be?  Has he devolved into such a hopeless jerk that he just doesn't care?  Or is it that, like a number of others in his party, he has decided Republicans don't have to be treated as human beings?

An apology is richly in order.  But don't count on it from the tax cheat who writes our tax laws.  In a Democrat-majority congress, the rangels of the world are a protected species and he knows it better than anyone.

The stench is overwhelming.


THE PALIN E-MAILS & THE NEW YORK TIMES

Ken Berwitz

Well, now we apparently know who hacked Governor Sarah Palin's private e-mail and caused it to go out over the internet.

Here are the particulars from The Tennessean:

State rep confirms that son is subject of Palin e-mail chatter

By THEO EMERY Staff Writer September 18, 2008

State Rep. Mike Kernell confirmed Thursday that his son, a University of Tennessee-Knoxville student, is at the center of heated Internet discussion into the hacking of the personal e-mail of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

Kernell, a Memphis Democrat, confirmed that it is his 20-year-old son, David, who is being widely named on Internet blogs and chatrooms in connection with an unfolding story about Palin's hacked e-mail accounts.

The FBI and the Secret Service started a formal investigation on Wednesday into the hacking.

David Kernell is a student at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Mike Kernell said he spoke to his son on Thursday, as he does on a regular basis.

Kernell otherwise declined to comment, or discuss his sons whereabouts.

Please note that this story appeared in YESTERDAY'S issue of The Tennessean.  That means it was available for last night's network news and today's newspapers.

But I just scoured my copy of today's New York Times to see if there is any mention of this in the paper.  There is not.  Nothing.  Not one word.  I didn't have a chance to see the network news last night, so I don't know if it was covered.  Did you watch a network news show?  If so, was it?  I'm betting the answer is no.

This is how they do it.  This is how they manipulate people politically.  The son of a Democratic state representative committed this base, illegal act against the Governor of a state who is running for the vice presidency.  And if you rely on the Times for your news, you don't know a thing about it.

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


BAIPA: MORE LIES FROM BARACK OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

As readers of this blog certainly know, BAIPA is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.  The act states that if a woman attempts to abort a child, but the child survives the abortion and comes out alive, that child is afforded the rights and protections of a human being.

Please note that this is NOT an abortion issue.  BAIPA only affects babies who are born and entirely out of the womb. 

To be against BAIPA is to take the position that if a woman does not want her born-and-out-of-the-womb child, she can opt to let it die. 

If josef mengele had done this during WWII he'd have been tried for infanticide at Nuremberg. 

Well, Barack Obama voted against, and blocked BAIPA in the Illinois state senate for years. 

Once he left, the bill flew straight through to passage, with both Republicans and Democrats voting in favor. 

BAIPA, therefore, was not a partisan issue.  It was a Barack Obama issue.  Obama wanted these children to be allowed to die.

But now a woman has come forth.  Her name is Gianna Jessen.  Ms. Jessen personally survived a botched abortion and is telling her story. 

Needless to say, Mr. Obama is not happy about the fact that this is finally becoming known to the voting public (no thanks to most mainstream media which, to their eternal shame, have largely hidden Obama's BAIPA record on his behalf). 

 The Obama reaction?  Scream that it's all a lie -- which it most certainly is not.

Ed Morrissey of www.hotair.com has the particulars.  Here they are:

Obama ad lies about Obamas infanticide vote

posted at 12:45 pm on September 19, 2008 by Ed Morrissey
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Barack Obama has decided to respond to Gianna Jessens powerful ad on his opposition to a bill that would have protected the lives of infants born from botched abortions. In essence, he accuses John McCain of lying, when the record speaks so clearly that Obamas campaign had to admit they lied about his position on the Illinios version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.  This has produced a hysterical reaction from Team O that pretty much has become a One-Note Charlie when responding to any criticism:

John McCains Attacks: the sleaziest ads ever, truly vile. Now, votes taken out of context accusing Obama of letting infants die? Its a despicable lie.

Even the bills Republican sponsor said its untrue. Obamas always supported medical care to protect infants.

McCain? Hes running on a platform to ban abortion, even in cases of rape and incest. Sleazy ads. Anti-choice. Thats John McCain.

The record here is very, very clear.  Obama initially said that he opposed the bill in Illinois because it didnt have the neutrality clause included in the federal version of the legislation.  As documentation proved, Obama voted against it even with the neutrality clause added.  The Obama campaign finally acknowledged that Obama had lied about his position a month ago.  Why?  Because it would have actually forced doctors to provide care for live infants from abortions or in other words, it would have worked.

Obama attempts an end run around this by making the issue about abortions.  It isnt.  Babies born alive from abortions got left in laundry rooms to die, a practice exposed by Jill Stanek, a nurse at Christ Hospital in the Chicago area.  A subsequent investigation showed that as many as 20% of all late-term abortions resulted in live births and that abortionists routinely allowed the infants to die by denying them normal medical attention.  That was the entire reason the issue came before the Illinois legislature, but Obama reacted by denying the problem existed:

[T]he only plausible rationale, to my mind, for this legislation would be if you had a suspicion that a doctor, the attending physician, who has made the assessment that this is a nonviable fetus and that, lets say for the purposes of the mothers health, is being that that labor is being induced, that that physician (a) is going to make the wrong assessment and (b) if the physician discovered, after the labor had been induced, that, in fact, he made an error, and in fact this was not a nonviable fetus but, in fact, a live child, that the physician, of his own accord or her own accord, would not try to exercise the sort of medical procedures and practices that would be involved in saving that child.

Now, if if you think that there are possibilities that doctors would not do that, then maybe this bill makes sense, but I I suspect and my impression is, is that the Medical Society suspects that doctors feel that they would already be under that obligation, that they would already be making these determinations, and that essentially adding a an additional doctor who the has to be called in an emergency situation to come in and make these assessments is really designed simply to burden the original decision of the woman and the physician to induce labor and perform an abortion.

Now, if thats the case and and I know some of us feel very strongly one way or the other on that issue thats fine, but I think its important to understand that this issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if these children are being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure theyre looked after.

As I wrote at the time, this passage is really remarkable for the willfully obtuse nature of Obamas arguments. By the time this debate took place, Jill Stanek had already revealed that doctors werent providing medical care to infants born alive during abortions, at Christ Hospital, and a subsequent investigation proved that other abortion providers also abandoned such infants to die.  That was the entire reason for the debate.  Obama acts as if this is some curious academic hypothesis.

This bill did nothing to prevent abortions.  It would have acted to protect live infants resulting from unsuccessful abortions real children who were being murdered through neglect in Illinois.  Barack Obama protected abortionists rather than the helpless infants that were being killed.  Thats the record, and Obama cannot run away from it.

Update: Of course, I missed one important point: the Jessen ad wasnt put out by McCain at all.  Obamas swinging at the wrong critic here.  Why doesnt Obama call Jessen a liar?

How could Barack Obama have prevented legislation that does nothing other than protect newborn babies from being left to die?  HOW?

And how can mainstream media be so completely owned and operated by Obama that they would withhold this information from voters?  It staggers the mind.

Please, please tell your friends and have them tell their friends.  Give them the gift of this knowledge, by letting them know the real story about Barack Obama and BAIPA. 

Is this the man you want to put in the White House?


OBAMA GAFFES - A RETROSPECTIVE

Ken Berwitz

John Hawkins, writing for www.townhall.com, has reviewed the increasingly voluminous list of gaffes from Barack Obama and  put together his "ten best" list (you decide if the word "best" fits here).  Every one of them is, of course, fully referenced. 

Take a look and see if these are the ones you'd have picked and/or the order you would have put them in:

Barack Obama's Top Ten Campaign Gaffes

John Hawkins
Friday, September 19, 2008


Barack Obama's surrogates have been trying to convince the American people that his judgment is so impeccable that his lack of experience is irrelevant. However, it's hard to make that case when the candidate in question is the single biggest gaffe machine to hit American politics since Howard Dean. You think Joe Biden cranks out a lot of dumb quips? Well, Biden is a rank amateur compared to Obama. As you read these brainless comments, keep in mind that the biggest challenge I had in creating this list was limiting it to only 10 snafus.

In fact, there were so many of them that some of Obama's most famous slip-ups, like "I don't want them punished with a baby" and "Why can't I just eat my waffle?" didn't even make the list.

Well, let's get to it, shall we?

First up, here's the quotation that became the genesis of the "Obama is an elitist snob" meme.

10) "Anybody gone into Whole Foods lately and see what they charge for arugula? I mean, they're charging a lot of money for this stuff."

When the internet is afire with false rumors that you're a Muslim, do you really want to bizarrely reference your "Muslim faith?"

9) "Let's not play games. I was suggesting - you're absolutely right that John McCain has not talked about my Muslim faith."

I wonder if abortion is above Sarah Palin's pay grade? I think not.

8) Rick Warren: ...Now, let's deal with abortion; 40 million abortions since Roe v. Wade. As a pastor, I have to deal with this all of the time, all of the pain and all of the conflicts. I know this is a very complex issue. Forty million abortions, at what point does a baby get human rights, in your view?"

Barack Obama: "Well, you know, I think that whether you're looking at it from a theological perspective or a scientific perspective, answering that question with specificity, you know, is above my pay grade."

This part of Obama's speech sounds like it was written for him by one of King Canute's courtiers.

7) "...I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on earth. This was the moment -- this was the time -- when we came together to remake this great nation so that it may always reflect our very best selves and our highest ideals."

Whether this "joke" was about Sarah Palin or not, it was a rather foolish line given that even his own supporters in the audience took it as a sexist jab at her expense.

6) "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called 'change,' it's still going to stink. After eight years, we've had enough of the same old thing. It's time to bring about real change to Washington and that's the choice you've got in this election."

As he tried to explain why he tossed his grandmother under the bus in a previous speech, Obama actually managed to make it worse by showing that he thinks of white people as a generic group, not as individuals.

5) "The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person..."

Dan Quayle, who was unfairly pilloried as a moron, never said anything half as dumb as this.

4) "Over the last 15 months, we've traveled to every corner of the United States. I've now been in 57 states? I think one left to go."

In his counterproductive race speech, which was mistakenly praised as genius by his supporters in the media, Obama managed to cement his association to the racist, anti-American rantings of Jeremiah Wright while simultaneously coming across as remarkably callous towards his own grandmother.

3) "I can no more disown (Jeremiah Wright) than I can disown the black community. I can no more disown him than I can my white grandmother - a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe."

It's no secret to people who pay attention that Barack Obama is not a patriotic man and he managed to unwittingly hammer that point home when he rather foolishly made a big deal about refusing to wear a flag pin anymore.

2) "You know, the truth is that right after 9/11, I had a (flag) pin. Shortly after 9/11, particularly because as we're talking about the Iraq war, that became a substitute for, I think, true patriotism, which is speaking out on issues that are of importance to our national security, I decided I won't wear that pin on my chest..."

If you're from a small town and you're wondering what Barack Obama thinks of you, this quote tells you everything you need to know and then some.

1) "You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

This is a little like trying to pick the top ten baseball players in major league history.  You know that there are many more than ten who can lay claim to being on the list and you just have to cull it down somehow without doing full justice to the ones who are left out.

But Mr. Obama is ready for the presidency.  Honest.  Just ask jeremiah wrigh...er, tony rezk...er, william ayer....er, the voting fraud specialists at ACOR...er, y'know what?  Maybe you just shouldn't ask at all.


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