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McCain Spot Asks: 'Who Is Barack Obama?'

By Howard Kurtz in The Trail:

The Ad: (Narrator:) Who is Barack Obama? He says our troops in Afghanistan are --
(Barack Obama:) "... just air-raiding villages and killing civilians."
(Narrator:) How dishonorable. Congressional liberals voted repeatedly to cut off funding to our active troops. Increasing the risk on their lives. How dangerous. Obama and congressional liberals. Too risky for America.

Analysis: This John McCain ad blatantly distorts Barack Obama's words in an effort to paint him as callous about the role of the U.S. military.

The commercial truncates a comment that Obama made to a voter in New Hampshire in August 2007. According to the Associated Press, the Illinois senator brought up Afghanistan when asked whether he would withdraw troops form Iraq to fight terrorism elsewhere: "We've got to get the job done there, and that requires us to have enough troops so that we're not just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, which is causing enormous pressure over there." In short, Obama was saying he wanted to avoid just air-raiding villages and killing civilians, not that this was all that American troops were doing. His meaning was the opposite of what is portrayed in this spot. Civilian casualties have been rising in Afghanistan this year, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates last month apologized for U.S. airstrikes that have killed civilians.

Obama voted against Republican legislation to continue an open-ended commitment in Iraq after President Bush vetoed a Democratic bill to link funding to a timetable for withdrawal. He did not intend to cut off funding for American troops any more than McCain did in urging Bush to reject the Democratic measure.

The commercial represents an effort to turn the campaign dialogue from the economy to foreign policy, a stronger issue for the Arizona senator. By having the female narrator begin with the words "Who is Barack Obama?" the ad attempts to reinforce doubts about the Democratic nominee as a lesser known, untested and ultimately risky figure. And by picturing Obama with such congressional leaders as Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank and Charlie Rangel, the McCain campaign makes a more subtle argument for the first time. Because both houses of Congress are considered likely to remain in Democratic hands, the implication is that a vote for Obama would give the party unchecked power, while a McCain White House would act as a brake against liberal Democrats on Capitol Hill.

By Ed O'Keefe |  October 6, 2008; 4:34 PM ET Ad Watch , Barack Obama
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Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin 2008.

Posted by: Heather | October 6, 2008 5:19 PM

Reports of Obama Fundraising Fraud
Questions about the manner in which the Obama campaign has raised such large sums of money. Newsweek has also taken notice of the problems with small donors in its article Obama’s ‘Good Will’ Hunting, and has noted that the McCain campaign has made all of its small donor information public while the Obama campaign has refused. Why? The American Spectator in its article Obama's Fishy $200 Million reports that an unnamed auditor for the Federal Elections Commission is being prevented investigating questionable fundraising techniques by the Obama campaign. Obama has already had to deal with several FEC complaints about fraudulent donors and illegal foreign contributions, and the FEC says those complaints have not been resolved. As well, the Obama campaign has been cagey at times about the means by which it has made its historic fundraising hauls, which now total almost $500 million for the election cycle. His opponents during primaries raised questions about the huge amount of e-retail sales the Obama campaign was making for such things as t-shirts and other campaign paraphernalia, and how such sales were being tracked and used for fundraising purposes. While the profits of those items counted against the $2,300 personal donation limit. Ignorned by MSM like CNN & MSNB. FEC analyst says that Obama's filings indicate he has received large, bundled sums of donations from overseas, sometimes exceeding a quarter millions dollars. "It's suspicious, but it's the small donations made by credit card that need to be examined. Obama campaign just ignores it. Until recently, the Obama Web site allowed a contributor to select the country where he resided from the entire membership of the United Nations, including such friendly places as North Korea and the Islamic Republic of Iran.Unlike McCain's or Sen. Hillary Clinton's online donation pages, the Obama site did not ask for proof of citizenship until just recently. Clinton's presidential campaign required U.S. citizens living abroad to actually fax a copy of their passport before a donation would be accepted.With such lax vetting of foreign contributions, the Obama campaign may have indirectly contributed to questionable fundraising by foreigners.

At TD Blog the article Whistleblower Ignored by DOJ, FEC, FBI: $200 Million in Fishy Obama Donations! they are asking readers to contact the authorities and request that they investigate these allegations.

DOJ, Office of Inspector General
e-mail: oig.hotline@usdoj.gov
hotline: (contact information in English and Spanish): (800) 869-4499

FEC Office of Complaints Examination & Legal Administration Division
(202/694-1650)
FBI Tip Hotline
866-483-5137


After this election, after we've sifted through everything confident that we are looking at perhaps the largest fine every leveled against a national campaign entity." Foreign contributions are particularly suspect.


Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 5:30 PM

Obama keeps reaching back to Chicago political past for policy advisers, and pulling one despicable, vile, and even evil “rabbit” after another out of his hat.
The list of Barack Obama’s radical associations is long and it keeps getting longer. Some are now well-known, but many are not. They need to be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_HZMD97nMw

(Bloomberg) -- Nigerian Stock Exchange Chief Executive Officer Ndi Okereke-Onyiuke is being investigated after holding a fund-raising event linked to U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, Agence France-Presse reported.
U.S. electoral laws forbid donations from foreigners to electoral campaigns.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQ0cq4Nytu8

23 years at TUCC with Jeremiah Wright and James Meeks. racist sermons on Youtube.
He chose the most radical church in the country; chose to immerse himself in hard-core ideological radicalism. Never before has this country considered such a radical leftist for its chief executive.

Michael Pfleger and his hateful and race-hating ramblings, Obama met while carrying out his own radical social activism as community organizer at ACORN, (radical organization)

Penny Pritzker, heads Obama camp National Finance Committee was president of Superior Bank - massively failed and she literally bought her way out of jail paying $460 MILLION fine; was the very epicenter of subprime loan scandal” that would come to eat this nation’s financial system alive.

Fannie Mae CEO Jim Johnson, former head of Obama’s vice presidential selection committee, discovered he benefited from sweetheart loans from subprime king Countrywide.

Tony Rezko certainly and his federal indictments and financial dealing with Obamas of course and William Ayers, US terrorist bomber, Obama-co-lecturer, fellow board member, neighbor, and friend.

Communist Frank Marshall Davis, obama mentor; Saul Alinsky and Gerald Kellman (Kellman’s Woods Fund is how Obama hooked up with terrorist William Ayers)

Chicago lawyer Mazen Asbahi, appointed as Obama camp national coord for Muslim n affairs also stepped down after news about his stint on the fund’s board - which includes fundamentalist imam - prompting The Wall Street Journal inquiries about relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood and his long personal relationship with Hamas Jamal Said.

Obama desperately needs voters to forget hes the son of a Muslim father who served an incredibly brutal and corrupt Kenyan government; to forget he attended a madrassa in Indonesia and practiced Islam; forget that he campaigned in Kenya on behalf of Raila Odinga, who relied upon chaos, corruption, and violence in his campaign; numerous associations with radical Muslims; forget the photographs of Obama in traditional Muslim clothes, hanging with Muslim radicals such as Mazen Asbahi and anti-Semite Rashid Khalidi.

The mainstream media has frankly put the security of our great country at risk with an Obama coronation media like CNN & MSNBC is the only way Obama managed to steal the Dem nom. It’s extremely concerning that so many Americans could care less about who their candidate really is?? simply amazing and frankly scarey.

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 5:31 PM

Remember,
you MUST take one of the candidates who forced you to pay for the Wall Street bailout.
Understand?

"The two parties should be
almost identical, so that
the American people can
'throw the rascals out'
at any election without
leading to any profound or
extensive shifts in policy."
-Carol Quigley

Posted by: plunge protection team joke | October 6, 2008 5:46 PM

Did anyone else see Jon Voight Go Crazy attacking Obama on The Fox Channel last night, here is the video http://www.huckabeeshow.com

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 6:30 PM

Would you even listen if i listed the things McCain has done?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 6:33 PM

Boy the bottom feeders are out in force today. Keep cheering for McLame and Failin losers, they need the vote of every idiot in America!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 6:36 PM

Posted by: Good Idea | October 6, 2008 6:42 PM

1. Obama is other
2. Obama is friend of terrorist
3. Obama takes "foreign" money
4. obama is a secret terrorist
5. If you believe this you will believe
6. ANYTHING....

NICE TRY AT A SMEAR. REPO SCUM.
NOW FOR THE TRUTH
mCCAIN HAS MORE in common with ayres because both have criminal pasts, but neither was in jail.

KEATING ECONOMICS COM
WATCH IT AND LEARN
http://www.keatingeconomics.com/
http://www.barackobama.com/images/keating/keatingeconomics.mp4

Posted by: Europe Calling | October 6, 2008 6:49 PM

WHO IS SARAH PALIN?

As it turns out, Sarah Palin and her husband are both members of the Alaska Independence Party. The Alaska Independence Party is an organization that hates the Unites States and wants Alaska to secede from the Union. How about that. Sarah Palin hates this country and wants her state to secede from the Union. To the minds of most people, that makes Palin and her husband traitors to the United States.

OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!

Posted by: Republican Christians for Obama! | October 6, 2008 7:24 PM

I'm confused. The economy goes bad and that INCREASES Obama's chances to win??? Why - during such critical changes - would we vote for an inexperienced, JUNIOR senator who has voted "present" most of his career and gives new meaning to "flip-flop"? Give me the older, stable, decisive, wiser guy anyday (and I'm a lifelong gay Democrat)!

Posted by: gaypastor | October 6, 2008 7:27 PM

'Who Is Barack Obama?'Muslim communist with communist agenda for this great country.Do we need a muslim communist in our WH?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 7:30 PM

McClain called in a surge is working again – A hormonal surge with a bimbo Sara Palin injected to his campaign, a common practice by the corporate pimps when they try to make some sells.
The “Maverick” as he self-proclaimed, was to superimpose the movie Top Gun - Tom Cruise the Maverick’s hero image conveniently for himself is shameless at best. Just like a kid calling himself a Superman or Popeye of sort, childish. The elephant man McCain must have not view his own mirror for quite a while. Of course he has nothing much else to say about himself, and definitely not something like “I went to Harvard on my own steam with scholarship.”

Posted by: jsf | October 6, 2008 7:32 PM

WHO IS MC CAIN AND WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT THE TROOPS IN IRAQ AND AFGANISTAN - HIS REMARKS WERE THAT WE WOULD BE IN THE MID EAST FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS. THIS IS A SCREWBALL !!!!!!! WITH A VERY SHORT MEMORY. BETTER DO YOUR HOMEWORK MC CAIN AND SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | October 6, 2008 7:32 PM

1. Obama is the muslim communist
2. Obama is the friend with terrorists
3. Obama takes "foreign" money from muslim terrorists
4. obama broke the law when he bought that house in Chicago
You dont wanna believe this good for you.But this are unmistakable facts about Obama

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 7:35 PM

who is sarah palin - winkie hockey swinging B***D who left her government in Alaska in shambles!

Posted by: LYNN PARKER | October 6, 2008 7:35 PM

LYNN PARKER u r f..khead.Obama is swinging B***D who left his south side Chicago in shambles!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 6, 2008 7:38 PM

I have been in the mortgage business for 20+ years. It is dishonest or pure ignorance of mortgage industry history, to try to pin the current economic crisis on McCain. As a matter of fact, McCain pushed for more oversight of FNMA, etc., something that the Democratic leadership, in particular Barney Frank, resisted saying that they saw no problem with FNMA. If they had listened to McCain, and had not pandered to special interest groups, to pressure FNMA/FHLMC to adopt ridiculously lax mortgage standards, we wouldn't be in this mess. Unfortunately, the average citizen is not familiar with the mortgage in and outs and will only hear the ignorance promoted by much of the media and Obama bloggers.

Posted by: Let's get it straight | October 6, 2008 7:50 PM

McCain is earning himself a dishonorable discharge from his calling with dirty ads like this one.

What ever happened to the guy that we used to know as a man for whom honor mattered and had to be defended?

Posted by: Buck TX | October 6, 2008 7:57 PM

Who is John McCain?

He says he is a maverick, but Texas liberal Maury Maverick Jr. must be turning over in his grave. Because McCain's actions show him to be unpredictable, irresolute, and insensitive to the hurting of much of America.

Posted by: Buck TX | October 7, 2008 12:06 AM

john mccain and sarah palin LOSERS LOSERS
LOST!

OBAMA/BIDEN

Posted by: Ruth | October 7, 2008 12:34 PM

I will agree with your assesment of taking Obama's words out of context if you will agree that the "Fundamentals of the Economy" statement was as well taken out of context.

That is politics. I guess you are not objective enough to reveal that truth.

By playing on the the very average american mind/understanding of the world is something Obama does every single day. Do you really think that Mccain is the cause of the downfall of this economy?

Try to be OBJECTIVE??

Posted by: jumpingjoshua | October 7, 2008 3:26 PM

Hey McCain you ask who is OBAMA?He is that
Guy thats going to kick your arse come Nov.4.D-DAY,H-HOUR, and counting for the invasion of the great deceivers habitat.
this mean you neocon's republican sob's

CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE.

Posted by: GABBY | October 7, 2008 4:35 PM

Who is Barack Obama? If anyone here knows, other than what his campaign and he says, please enlighten me. Who can tell me what he did in all of his years at university and college? Why has he fought any look at those decisive years? What does he have to hide. Why have the MSM had to resort to FOIA to get what skimpy records we have? In our rush for change are we basically voting for a pig-in-a-poke? (No pun intended) I, as well as the american people, need answers to these questions in order to make an informed opinion. We all know more about Gov. Palin in the 6 weeks she has been in the race than we do Sen. Obama in 4 years of public life. Where are these answers? Methinks that there is something rotten in Denmark or is it Chicago?

Posted by: Richard | October 8, 2008 2:37 PM

But the real question is "Who is John McCaint"...

Here is the answer... A spineless, pathetic, coward.....

Could it be because of a McCaint rally on Monday, he asked, "Who is Barack Obama?" and a crowd member yelled out "Kill Him" & "Terrorist" as McCain held that silly smirk on his addled face.

Watch his response on the :14 sec mark...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVFWahLTdUo

...Why didnt McCaint talk about his running "nurse" peeeuuu Palin?

Neo-cons...please answer why his "pig" with lipstick was not mentioned......

Could it be because of 1200 dollar rape kits that victims pay in Alaska

Could it be because of the Alaskan Independence Party?

Could it be because of the Alaskan Independence Party sympathized with Timothy McVeigh.

Could it be because of AIP Founder Joe Vogel: “The fires of hell are frozen glaciers compared to my hatred for the American government", “and I won't be buried under their damn flag." (Joe Vogel is buried in Canada.)

Could it be because of Vogels' rantings of ....“I’m an Alaskan, not an American. I've got no use for America or her damned institutions." Joe Vogel – Founder.

Could it be because of Dexter Clark, vice chairman of the A.I.P.: refers to the American soldiers in Alaska as "occupying troops."

Could it be because of Michael Hill, a representative of A.I.P., stated on Glen Beck’s program that the goal of the A.I.P. is to dissolve the United States and the Constitution.

Could it be because of a rally in Ft. Myers Monday, a crowd member screamed, "Kill Him" as Sarah laughed and cheered with the crowd.

At the same racist rally a fake skinheaded sherriff waddles to the podium after peeeuuu and calls out Barack Hussein Obama to the crowd to further boos and chants of kill him...on Monday

Could it be because of the reprehensible type of political campaigning is typical of the desperation the Republican Party finds itself in, as their numbers in the polls fall like the stock market...

Could it be because of the Alaskan Drug Enforcement report under Palin proved uneffective...

http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/pubs/states/alaska.html

...Or could it be that McCaint forgot who she was...

....Or just that negative campaigning and negative pathetic ad's have a negative effect...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHW-RO1_WN0

"Thanks But No Thanks".... to more lies and hate that bridge America to Nowhere, Alaska

Posted by: AlexP1 | October 8, 2008 4:25 PM

WHO IS JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN????

From "fact of the matter"
http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

TONIGHT OUR COMPOSITION IS ON PRESS CREATED, THROUGH JOHN MCCAIN'S OWN SCATHING DISHONESTY, PRETENDED YET UNDESERVED HONOR AND HEROIC STATUS...FALSE CLAIMS OF BEING TORTURED INTO GIVING UP EVIDENCE THAT MAY HAVE CAUSED NATIONAL DAMAGE AS WELL AS TROOPS DEATHS (CONTRADICTED BY THE TESTIMONY OF PEOPLE WHO WORKED AT THE 'HANOI HILTON')....FALSELY CLAIMED, TROOP AND VETERAN SUPPORT.... NONE OF THESE CLAIMS SUPPORTED IN THE PUBLIC RECORD OR VOTING RECORD OF JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN.... AND THE POINTING OF THE HYPOCRITICAL ACCUSATORY FINGER WHILE CHOKING ON THE SMOKE OF YOUR BURNING FACADE.

"And the Grand Facade, so soon shall burn..." Peter Gabrial

FLAGRANT:

shockingly noticeable or evident; obvious; glaring: a flagrant error, notorious ;scandalous: a flagrant crime; a flagrant offender., Archaic. blazing, burning, or glowing.

HYPOCRISY:

a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess, a pretense of having some desirable or publicly approved attitude, an act or instance of hypocrisy.


THE FLAGRANT FINGER POINTING HYPOCRITE, SENATOR JOHN SYDNEY MCCAIN:

John McCain uses what he believes to be the ULTIMATE TRUMP CARD, an undeserved FALSE HERO STATUS and drunken decieved PRESS anointment of "THE MAVERICK". A Reputation that isn't disputed yet, isn't indisputable.....

SEE THE FULL STORY AT
http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com
"fact of the matter"

Posted by: need4trth | October 9, 2008 4:44 AM

Inside Cover

Obama 'Lying' About Muslim Past, Expert Says

Thursday, October 9, 2008 12:19 PM
By: David A. Patten


Sen. Barack Obama “is lying” when he insists that he has never prayed in a mosque and was never a Muslim, a prominent Middle East expert and journalist says.
Daniel Pipes, founder of the Middle East Forum think tank, says he fully accepts that Obama is a Christian now. But there is strong evidence that Obama received a Muslim upbringing during his years in Indonesia, Pipes said.

“It’s fine with me that he was a Muslim and a convert to Christianity,” Pipes told Newsmax. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal “is a convert from Hinduism. I have no problem with his conversion. What I have a problem with is that he’s lying” when he says he was never a Muslim.

Newsmax asked whether Pipes is alleging outright that Obama has lied about having a Muslim upbringing.

Pipes’ response: “The evidence suggests to me that he is lying, yes.”

Pipes told Newsmax, “It would start with the fact that his father was a Muslim — granted, not a practicing Muslim, but in the Muslim world, if your father is a Muslim, you’re a Muslim. His father named him Hussein, which is a name only given to Muslim babies. He went with his stepfather to a mosque. They celebrated certain Muslim holidays at the mosque together. He had knowledge of the Koran. He had knowledge of Muslim prayers.

You put all this together, he was a Muslim.”

Pipes contends that a Nov. 12 post on Obama’s Web site headlined, "Barack Obama Is Not and Has Never Been a Muslim," stated: "Obama never prayed in a mosque. He has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian." (Personal note: This man is no true Christian. Perhaps he is an apostate or merely a common "luke warm" Christian, but he is not a true Christian, I assure you of that fact.)

Today, that post bears the same headline, but does not include an assertion that Obama “never prayed in a mosque” and “has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim.”

The page now bears a quote Obama made during the Jan. 15 debate on MSNBC: “In the Internet age, there are going to be lies that are spread all over the place. I have been victimized by these lies.

Fortunately, the American people are, I think, smarter than folks give them credit for.” (Personal note: He is correct to a limited degree! Some of us see right through him as one having a spirit of deception)

The current post, which includes links intended to debunk any Muslim connection, is headlined “Obama Has Never Been A Muslim, And Is a Committed Christian”.
Several media outlets, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, have reported on Obama’s schooling in Indonesia, where he lived from 1967 to 1971, which included Muslim religious studies.

It is known, for example, that Obama’s designation as a Muslim while attending a Catholic school may have simply reflected the fact that his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro, was Muslim.

Still, Obama was grouped with Muslim students at the school and engaged in weekly religious studies, including studying the Koran and learning Muslim prayers. In 1970, Obama’s family moved and he was enrolled in a public school where children such as Obama who were identified as Muslim spent two hours a week studying Islam. [Editor's Note: Read the Los Angeles Times report on Obama's Muslim upbringing.

A March 2007 Chicago Tribune article by Kim Barker, which stated several accounts had “distorted the reality” of Obama’s years in Indonesia, reported that he did irregularly attend Muslim prayer services at the local mosque.

Obama’s third-grade teacher at the Catholic school, Fermina Katarina Sinaga, told Barker that Obama accompanied his stepfather to pray at the mosque, doing so “rarely.”

Pipes said Barker’s story bolsters his position that Obama was raised as a Muslim while he lived in Indonesia.

His accounts of Obama’s upbringing have received a “very severe reaction from the left” and threats from some Muslims, he said.

“The Islamists murmur and threaten,” Pipes said, declining to specify the threats he has received. Pipes sees a whopping double standard in how the mainstream media has reported on Obama’s past.

“It’s been quite fascinating to watch the careful picking over of Sarah Palin’s record, down to her library policies as mayor of Wasilla, and her possible false pregnancies, and so forth, an analysis that involved excruciating details in her case.”

He contrasts that to the “the general pass” the media has given Obama, whether over his career in the Illinois Senate, the Annenberg library papers, or his upbringing in Jakarta. Pipes said his reports have “simply been dismissed as untrue without any facts to counter it.”

The McCain campaign “has been very cautious about looking into Barack Obama at all,” said Pipes, adding that the GOP has demonstrated a general reluctance to raise questions about Obama’s past.

Pipes has posted four articles on his Web site, “DanielPipes.org”, defending his view that Obama was a Muslim. The articles include the assertion that “for some years (Obama) had a reasonably Muslim upbringing under the auspices of his Indonesian stepfather.”

As a measure of the interest in Obama’s background, Pipes’ articles have attracted close to half a million hits.

One point of contention they raise: When someone is born of a Muslim father, do Muslims automatically consider him a Muslim?

A group of more than 50 scholars recently posted a statement on tabsir.net, a Web site dedicated to fostering an understanding of Islam, that seeks to refute that assertion. The statement maintains that distortions about Obama’s past are “part of an Islamophobic hate campaign that fuels prejudice against Americans who practice their Islamic faith and Muslims worldwide.”

Their statement says, “The vast majority of Muslims accept the Qur’anic message that there is no compulsion in Islam. Since Senator Obama was not raised as a Muslim, he cannot be held accountable for the religious status of his father.”

That assertion sounds logical to Western ears, but Pipes’ rejects it flatly.

“There is no doubt: It is a fact in Islam that the religion passes on through the father,” he told Newsmax. “And yet it’s denied as a falsehood by people who know better. They know better. It’s Islam 101.”

Supporting Pipes on that point is Shireen K. Burki, an adjunct professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. Burki, who spent her childhood studying Islam at a school in Islamabad, Pakistan, has first-hand experience as the daughter of a Muslim father and a Christian mother.

“According to Islamic jurisprudence,” she wrote in a May article in the Christian Science Monitor, “children of a Muslim father — even an apparently nonpracticing one, such as Obama’s father, and irrespective of the mother’s faith — are automatically Muslims. Most Muslims around the world agree: A child of a Muslim father is a Muslim. Period.”

Given that Obama’s profession of Christianity is essentially uncontested, one might wonder whether it really matters whether Obama once was Muslim.

To many of the world’s approximately 1.4 billion Muslims, it apparently would matter a great deal. Experts on Islam generally agree that someone who is born a Muslim (in effect, someone who had a Muslim father), who later renounces Islam, is considered an apostate.

Burki writes, “Should Obama become U.S. commander in chief, there is a strong likelihood that al-Qaida’s media arm, As-Sahab, will exploit his background to argue that an apostate is leading the global war on terror (read: attacks against fellow Muslims). This perception would be leveraged to galvanize sympathizers into action.”

She suggests the apostate tag would be a powerful propaganda weapon that al-Qaida could wield to marginalize America’s Middle East allies, causing “enormous difficulties” in the war against terror.

Posted by: Jordan | October 10, 2008 3:42 AM

The real Obama is a man with vision, and hope, for real change in the free world. He, his family, his friends, and career, have been vetted throughout his 2 years on the campaign trail.

We LIKE what we see! OBAMA-BIDEN 08!!

Give it up McSlime--YOU LOSE. Thank God.

Posted by: dematheart | October 10, 2008 10:25 AM

The Facts !!!!!!read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
· Is Mr. Obama a Muslim?

Mr. Obama has repeatedly denied being a Muslim and has stated at numerous primary events that he is a Christian and “loves Christ”. However, as you will note further on these facts and letter from the Editor, his association and support for Muslim’s is truly unclear.

· Did Mr. Obama fail to hold his hand over his heart at a recent democratic event where the National Anthem was played?

Yes, during a recent democratic hopeful debate involving Mr. Obama, Senator Clinton, Gov Richardson, and Ruth Harkin he was photographed failing to show the flag of the U.S. respect by holding his hand over his heart for the playing of the National Anthem. Click here for photo.

· What is Mr. Obama’s race?

Mr. Obama is bi-racial, his father is a black Muslim and his mother is white. However, in most of his activities, speeches, and a myriad of voting patterns he votes primarily as a black centric man.

· Is Mr. Obama “Pro Life or Pro Choice”

Mr. Obama is definitely Pro Choice. He is so pro choice that during his short tenure as the Illinois State Senator he has voted in opposition to several bills aimed at stopping partial birth abortions or live fetuses. For example, Illinois has been wrestling with the Born Alive Infants Bill.

For a complete document with factual examples of Mr. Obama’s voting history please read here

· Who is Raila Odinga and how is Mr. Obama connected to him?

Raila Odinga is the Muslim extremist who recently lost the Kenyan Presidential election to a Christian. Raila is a “paternal cousin” to Mr. Obama and has visited with him in both Illinois and Kenya.

· Who is Abongo “Roy” Obama?

Abongo is Barack’s brother who recently preaches that the “Black man must liberate himself from the poisons of European cultures and western values”

· What exactly is Mr. Obama’s religion?

Mr. Obama belong’s to the Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Illinois. The Church is primarily an African American congregation dedicated to Christian principles with a twist of ALSO pursuing Black ideals and African principles. The following text was sourced directly from Trinity’s website and can be verified by clicking on this link. A video aired on Hannity and Colmes can also be viewed here.


“We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian... Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain "true to our native land," the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.

2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.

3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.

4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.

5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.

6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.

7. A congregation committed to the HISTORICAL EDUCATION OF AFRICAN PEOPLE IN DIASPORA.

8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.

9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.

10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.”

Posted by: gina | October 10, 2008 2:08 PM

just heard three things and dunno if it is true and that for Obama’s benefit, the media is not reporting…

1. Rezko jail sentencing will be delayed until after the elections in December and…

2. the judge ruled against Obama in lawsuit resulting for him to produce a legitimate birth certificate because the one he has posted on website has been declared illegitimate by professionals. Apparently one of the criterions to be president is to be a citizen.

3. For Wednesday's debate, Obama will be fed the questions beforehand to practice the same way he was in both previous debates....

Does anyone know if this is true?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 10:21 PM

From 'fact of the matter'
http://www.need4trth.blogspot.com

As the independent check on government, the media have the responsibility to present accurate, unbiased news and analysis that will allow Americans to make an informed decision based on the facts, and not on any given administration's talking points.....media matters

'I SHOULDA' TOLD YA' BABY (WHAT COMES AROUND GOES BACK AROUND) I THOUGHT I TOLD YA' BOY.....justin timberlake


John McCain/RNC released two new propaganda ads one of which accuses Senator Barack Obama of knowing Professor William Ayers for years....The ad insinuates Ayers must have taken an interest in Obama but why? I won't even go into detail how sinister and sick this ad is. It was created to imply that a sitting US Senator is a terrorist. It never mentions that Ayers was never convicted of a crime, it never mentions that the weather undergrounds acts took place when Senator Obama was 8 years old, it never mentions that Obama met Ayers When Ayers was.....

William Charles "Bill" Ayers (born 26 December 1944)[1] is an American elementary education theorist and former leading 1960s anti-war activist. He is known for the radical nature of his activism in the 1960s and 1970s as well as his current work in education reform, curriculum, and instruction. In 1969 he cofounded the radical left organization the Weather Underground, which conducted a campaign of bombing public buildings during the 1960s and 1970s. He is now a professor in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, holding the title of Distinguished Professor.

The ads seek to INSTILL fear an uncertainty in a key constituency of White rural Americans. The ad is designed to invoke anger and racist sentiments through this group. This is how John 'War Hero' McCain seeks, "..to turn the page.."

MCCAINS OWN OCTOBER SURPRISE.......

'Judge not, or YOU'LL be judged...and according to the measure YOU use will judgement be laid upon YOU.." In other words, 'what comes around goes back around', yet for McShame it's with a vengence.

IS JOHN MCCAIN A NEO-NAZI WHITE SUPREMIST????

The differance here is Obama met Ayers when the wheather underground was over and done with for years. McCain for his part was sitting on the US COUNCIL FOR WORLD FREEDOM.....AN INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION LINKED TO NAZI COLLABORATOR'S AND MURDERERS
WHILE A SITTING US SENATOR IN 1982-1986. McCain says he left the group in 1986.

The U.S. Council for World Freedom also aided rebels trying to overthrow the leftist government of Nicaragua. That landed the group in the middle of the Iran-Contra affair and in legal trouble with the Internal Revenue Service, which revoked the charitable organization's tax exemption.

The council created by retired Army Maj. Gen. John Singlaub was the U.S. chapter of the World Anti-Communist League, an international organization linked to former Nazi collaborators and ultra-right-wing death squads in Central America. After setting up the U.S. council, Singlaub served as the international league's chairman.
In two interviews with The Associated Press in August and September, Singlaub said McCain became associated with the organization in the early 1980s as McCain launched his political career. McCain was elected to the House in 1982.

Posted by: need4trth | October 11, 2008 4:52 AM

it is rather disturbing and makes lesser mortals like us very fearful. if the american election campaign is being dragged down by racist and bigotry innuendos where does that leave mugabe and cronies in the supposedly less democratic lands of the world. i am zimbabwean, and believe you me i have witnessed ruthless and vicious campaigns in my short life and am a bit worried that, America, the father of democracy is allowing itself to stoop so low. one robert mugabe must be feeling vindicated!!

Posted by: godfree matambanadzo | October 11, 2008 6:47 PM

"I just have to rely on the good judgment of the voters not to buy into these negative attack ads. Sooner or later, people are going to figure out if all you run is negative attack ads you don't have much of a vision for the future or you're not ready to articulate it."
-- John McCain, 2000

Posted by: Cheryl | October 13, 2008 2:30 AM

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