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Jamal Simmons, a regular presence on cable television, is joining the Democratic National Committee as a communications consultant -- the latest in a series of moves to install loyalists of Barack Obama within the national party organization.

Simmons will be tasked with bolstering the DNC's rapid response operation as well as working on a long term strategic communications plan and continuing his role as a television surrogate for Obama.

Like nearly every operative in the Democratic party, Simmons got his start in the 1992 campaign of Bill Clinton before moving on to serve as chief of staff to Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. In 2004, he was the traveling press secretary for the presidential campaigns of Sen. Bob Graham (Fla.) and retired Gen. Wesley Clark. Simmons is currently the president of New Future Communications.

Simmons joins a growing group of Obama-ites at the DNC including Paul Tewes who is running the everyday political affairs of the committee and Brad Woodhouse who is overseeing the day to day communications operation. Karen Finney, the current communications director at the DNC, will remain in that role and still be an on the record spokeswoman for the organization.

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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 29, 2008 10:07 PM CHECK FACTS PRIOR TO POSTING:
Moderator Bob Schieffer, who raised the issue by citing similar remarks Clark has made previously, noted that Obama hadn't had those experiences nor had he ridden in a fighter plane and been shot down. "Well, I don't think riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to be president," Clark replied

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | June 30, 2008 7:39 AM
Odinga claims to be a cousin and his mother was a brother to Obama's father. NO DATA LOCATED TO BACK-UP THE CLAIM.
HIA FATHER WAS AN ATHEIST WHEN HE MARRIED OBAMA'S MOTHER.
Headmaster Disputes Claim That Obama Attended Islamic School ...- 2:43pmFresh doubt was cast yesterday on a magazine's allegation that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) attended a madrassah, or religious school that teaches a ...
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/01/22/AR2007012201322.html -

Posted by: Anonymous | June 30, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

phyllip

The truth is this: the Obama campaign is lying.

The Obama campaign is pretending this is a smear.


1) There is a Catholic school in Indonesia which lists all its students and identifies each by his religion - Obama attended this school as a child - this Catholic school in its records lists Obama as a Muslim

2) Obama attended a different school while in Indonesia as well. This was a Muslim school, a madrasssa. The Obama campaign on its smears websites states that Obama did not go to a "radical Muslim school." However the Obama campaign does not ADMIT that Obama went to a "regular Muslim school." Does this sound clintonesque or what?

3) Obama has a half brother, who you may not have heard about too much for reasons which will become obvious during your reading of this posting. Obama's half brother has made public statements stating that Obama is a Muslim.


OK so those are the facts.


You know, dragnet, the facts, just the facts.

Posted by: Words of Wisdom | June 30, 2008 7:39 AM | Report abuse

I sure have seen alot of lies here about Obama as to being Muslim. He is a christian for your info. Why are you coming on here and telling these lies? If you are going to attack someone at least do so with the truth.

Posted by: phyllip | June 29, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Dear Wesley Clark:

On Face The Nation, acting as a surrogate for the Obama campaign, you made the following remark:

"I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president."

First of all as an American I am offended by this remark. It strikes at the patriotism that all Americans should feel toward the American military.

You made several other remarks which had as their objective to belittle the qualifications of Senator John McCain to lead the military of this great nation.

All these remarks you apparently made in an effort to support a person who has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever to be President of the United States, to lead the military or to make any decisions which affect this great nation.

You have nothing but shame on your head.

In sharp contrast to your remarks I must ask you:


1) Does doing cocaine like Obama has make Obama qualified to be President? Crack cocaine puts holes in one's brain, regular cocaine could as well. Obama has not specified which kind of cocaine he used.

2) Does, instead of doing one's job which he was elected to, does going on a book tour make Obama qualified to be President?

3) Does donating $20,000.00 in one year to a racist Black Liberation Theology Church make one qualified to be President? Racist based upon statements made in the Church's mission statement which were posted Church's own website.

4) Does claiming to be falsely offended by comments made by Gerry Ferraro simply in an effort to racially polarized the electorate, does that make one qualified to be President?

5) Does running a racial campaign in South Carolina, and pressing the Superdelegates with essentially racist arguments that there would be "Riots in the Streets if the Superdelegates did not vote for the black candidate" - all while having the Campaign Theme of being the "Post-Racial Candidate" - does that kind of deception and hypocrisy qualify one to be President?


Mr. Clark - You are not qualified to hold any office under the United States after the remarks you made on Face the Nation.

Your statements reveal a deeply flawed judgement and a deeply flawed character that only a team of psychologists could examine properly.


Please remove yourself from any further Campaign statements and do this country a final service with your silence.


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Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 29, 2008 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm White, Jewish, Panamanian and an atheist and I really don't care who administers religion to Barack Obama. It's all horse-manure to me anyway.

I along with most South Americans would love to see Barack Obama elected president. I watch all the coverage on the English language cable channels and sometimes read the MSM papers, andI've come to the belief that FOX is a lot more reliable than the Washington Post.

I know Fox is pro-McCain, so I watch them with that in mind. The pro-McCain bias in the Washington Post and on CNN is a little more subtle but no less an article of faith, and therefore much more dangerous.

Posted by: DexterManley | June 29, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

The ROOTS of the story about Obama being a MUSLIM are OBAMA'S OWN BOOK - in which Obama talks about his Muslim schooling. Please go get the quotes yourself - and David Broder just might be losing it.

Also, Obama's own brother is on record as making statement about Obama's Muslim schooling.


Obama's own brother said Obama was a Muslim. The implication here is that there is no basis for the fact that Obama was a Muslim, but there is.


This is not a smear.


Chris I would like to point out that Sunnis draw little difference between moderate and radical Sunnis - the distinction are between Sunni and Shi'ite. Sunnis view themselves as all the same - to attempt place them into two camps is simply not how they view themselves.


So this is wrong.


Obama was a Sunni Muslim. Obama received training at a Muslim school. These are facts not smears.

In addition, Obama's website incorrectly attempted to draw a distinction between a "radical Muslim school" and a "moderate Muslim school."


Well, the website SHOULD BE CLEAR and state that Obama did go to a MUSLIM SCHOOL.


I believe that Obama's website that attempts to clear the air is actually DECEPTIVE and unworthy of confidence, just like the candidate Obama is as well

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Chris:

The ROOTS of the story about Obama being a MUSLIM are OBAMA'S OWN BOOK - in which Obama talks about his Muslim schooling. Please go get the quotes yourself - and David Broder just might be losing it.

Also, Obama's own brother is on record as making statement about Obama's Muslim schooling.


Obama's own brother said Obama was a Muslim. The implication here is that there is no basis for the fact that Obama was a Muslim, but there is.


This is not a smear.


Chris I would like to point out that Sunnis draw little difference between moderate and radical Sunnis - the distinction are between Sunni and Shi'ite. Sunnis view themselves as all the same - to attempt place them into two camps is simply not how they view themselves.


So this is wrong.


Obama was a Sunni Muslim. Obama received training at a Muslim school. These are facts not smears.

In addition, Obama's website incorrectly attempted to draw a distinction between a "radical Muslim school" and a "moderate Muslim school."


Well, the website SHOULD BE CLEAR and state that Obama did go to a MUSLIM SCHOOL.


I believe that Obama's website that attempts to clear the air is actually DECEPTIVE and unworthy of confidence, just like the candidate Obama is as well

.

Posted by: 37th&OStreet | June 29, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

The Fix missed Obama courting the Hispanic vote at Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials? Odd, considering all he knows about how Obama treats Hispanics in Illinois.


This is the basic text of a letter sent June 20, 2008. Barack Obama's silence is consent in Illinois.

ATTENTION TO : Congressman Joe Baca
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus FAX 202-225 8671 & FAX 202-225-8671
& June 20, 2008
All Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

NOTICE & COMPLAINT OF RACISM
It was recently reported that in response to the suggestion by the press that he has a Hispanic/Latino problem with support among Latino/Hispanic Americans Democratic Presumptive nominee Barack Obama on June 17, 2008 lied to the press when he suggested he has no Hispanic/Latino problem when the truth and fact of the matter is in a deceptive manner Obama is showing his continued willingness to mislead the American public, the press, and those Hispanic/Latino voters he still needs by covering up the fact he continues to be unwilling to recognize & address the legitimate issue of clear racism against Hispanic complainants who report incidents of race discrimination at the Chicago,IL. offices of the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in his own home state of Illinois. I, an Illinois U.S. born Hispanic American citizen, in a timely manner reported 3 incidents of race discrimination involving Hormel Foods Corporation , UFCW, and Target Corporation to IDHR & EEOC. Not just a simple conflict of interest UFCW's endorsement and their powerful resources are no more than an illegal kick back for Obama in a racist manner knowingly obstructing an investigation of UFCW as it relates to my particular situation. It was also reported that on June 17, 2008 Obama met with the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus but I am certain Obama failed to mention this legitimate issue that concerns Hispanic/Latino Americans and it is fair and reasonable for one to conclude that in furtherance of a COVER UP Obama at this meeting was not honest and not forthcoming to the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about the fact he is aware that my notices & complaints over a course of years now regarding the racism at IDHR & EEOC related to my 3 reported incidents of race discrimination being COVERED UP/Concealed and buried by the actions of Obama and IDHR & EEOC officials have, to this date, been repeatedly ignored, never addressed, never investigated, and no one has ever been held accountable for intentionally sabotaging and denying me , a Hispanic complainant, language that states on official "IDHR & EEOC" charges discrimination based on RACE against Hormel Foods Corporation, UFCW, and Target Corporation when nonHispanic complainants are not sabotaged or denied the same language of discrimination based on RACE on their official "IDHR & EEOC" charges of discrimination at IDHR & EEOC. Obama will have to accept responsibility for his racist actions and/or inactions as it will never be acceptable by me for Obama to blame others or for him to make any excuses for allowing this racism against Americans who happen to be Hispanic to go on as long as it has. I urge you not to support Obama and to join me bringing this racism to the attention of the Hispanic community until and unless Obama himself fully addresses this matter.


C: Democratic Presumptive Nominee Barack Obama
Mr. Arturo Vargas -National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Posted by: Chaos45i | June 29, 2008 12:56 AM

I thought this was more interesting than MarkInAustin's posts. I'm sorry to find Hispanics are not that important here to Chris. I just want to say Obama has alot of nerve asking for their support.

Posted by: Seth | June 29, 2008 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Looking at the discussion between "anonymous" at both 10:16P and 1:35A and "FBI Stats" led me to look at the Census Bureau race statistics. For March,2004:

37,645k -B 194,874k -W 55,761k -O

It seems to me that if "FBI Stats" is correct, Blacks are disproportionally
victimized by "hate". I do not understand the assertion that adjusting for demographics reflects Whites as victims.

Any demographers out there this morning?

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 29, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Lylepink, pls ck in here so that we know you are OK.

Posted by: MarkInAustin | June 29, 2008 9:27 AM | Report abuse

If you adjust to the the hate crime numbers for the population ratio the black on white crime is more than double.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 29, 2008 1:35 AM | Report abuse

The Fix missed Obama courting the Hispanic vote at Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials? Odd, considering all he knows about how Obama treats Hispanics in Illinois.


This is the basic text of a letter sent June 20, 2008. Barack Obama's silence is consent in Illinois.

ATTENTION TO : Congressman Joe Baca
Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus FAX 202-225 8671 & FAX 202-225-8671
& June 20, 2008
All Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus

NOTICE & COMPLAINT OF RACISM
It was recently reported that in response to the suggestion by the press that he has a Hispanic/Latino problem with support among Latino/Hispanic Americans Democratic Presumptive nominee Barack Obama on June 17, 2008 lied to the press when he suggested he has no Hispanic/Latino problem when the truth and fact of the matter is in a deceptive manner Obama is showing his continued willingness to mislead the American public, the press, and those Hispanic/Latino voters he still needs by covering up the fact he continues to be unwilling to recognize & address the legitimate issue of clear racism against Hispanic complainants who report incidents of race discrimination at the Chicago,IL. offices of the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in his own home state of Illinois. I, an Illinois U.S. born Hispanic American citizen, in a timely manner reported 3 incidents of race discrimination involving Hormel Foods Corporation , UFCW, and Target Corporation to IDHR & EEOC. Not just a simple conflict of interest UFCW's endorsement and their powerful resources are no more than an illegal kick back for Obama in a racist manner knowingly obstructing an investigation of UFCW as it relates to my particular situation. It was also reported that on June 17, 2008 Obama met with the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus but I am certain Obama failed to mention this legitimate issue that concerns Hispanic/Latino Americans and it is fair and reasonable for one to conclude that in furtherance of a COVER UP Obama at this meeting was not honest and not forthcoming to the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus about the fact he is aware that my notices & complaints over a course of years now regarding the racism at IDHR & EEOC related to my 3 reported incidents of race discrimination being COVERED UP/Concealed and buried by the actions of Obama and IDHR & EEOC officials have, to this date, been repeatedly ignored, never addressed, never investigated, and no one has ever been held accountable for intentionally sabotaging and denying me , a Hispanic complainant, language that states on official "IDHR & EEOC" charges discrimination based on RACE against Hormel Foods Corporation, UFCW, and Target Corporation when nonHispanic complainants are not sabotaged or denied the same language of discrimination based on RACE on their official "IDHR & EEOC" charges of discrimination at IDHR & EEOC. Obama will have to accept responsibility for his racist actions and/or inactions as it will never be acceptable by me for Obama to blame others or for him to make any excuses for allowing this racism against Americans who happen to be Hispanic to go on as long as it has. I urge you not to support Obama and to join me bringing this racism to the attention of the Hispanic community until and unless Obama himself fully addresses this matter.


C: Democratic Presumptive Nominee Barack Obama
Mr. Arturo Vargas -National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Posted by: Chaos45i | June 29, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

In contrast to the anonymous poster's assertion at 10:16PM, FBI stats for 2006:

Racial bias

In 2006, law enforcement agencies reported that 4,737 single-bias hate crime offenses were racially motivated. Of these offenses:

* 66.2 percent were motivated by anti-black bias.
* 21.3 percent were motivated by anti-white bias.

http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/hc2006/incidents.html

Posted by: FBI stats | June 28, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Blacks are the most racist people on the planet. Every yearly FBI statistic on racial hate crimes has consistantly shown that black on white hate crimes are by far the usual while white on black hate crimes are rare. The only hate crimes that ever make the MSM's news however are the latter, and the reason is that those are rare. Black on white racial hate crimes rarely if ever make the MSM's news because editors and publishers are afraid of being labeled racist if they did. With white on black racial hate crimes no one complains.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 28, 2008 10:16 PM | Report abuse

This is why I have stopped contributing to the DNC. I have no problem with a president having this kind of power in a political party but he is not even the official candidate yet.The DNC is just letting him and his people run over everyone else with the bus. Since when did Chicago become the capital of the U.S.

Posted by: NE Philly | June 28, 2008 8:10 PM | Report abuse

It is interesting to see the way the DNC is being supplemented with Obama's people in an effort to make Dean's "50 state strategy" a reality. It looks like Obama is doing what Dean could not.

Welcome to Chicago.
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Posted by: Julia Kelly | June 28, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Simmons shilled for Obama on CNN for months and was paid to do it. Carville and Begala were forced to become unpaid correspondents because they supported Clinton. Go figure!

Posted by: Ted | June 28, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

please ignore the below racist rant, it has run this "thought'" for days, weeks. What checker player does not comprehend... is whites were never discriminated against, lynched and thus really no need to organize except as a mob to lynch. Consider it a fatal flaw in life, to hate within a box, but it is their's to inhabit.

Also a big welcome to the cause. Remember, enjoy, smile... this is HISTORY one way or another. We are shooting for a Reverse Reagan Revolution.... not just a win.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | June 28, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Barrack HUSSEIN Obama's church for over 20 years, the BLACK Trinity United Church of Christ adopted the BLACK Value System written by the Manford Byrd Recognition Committee chaired by Vallmer Jordan in 1981. They believe in the following 12 precepts and covenantal statements. These BLACK Ethics must be taught and exemplified in homes, churches, nurseries and schools, wherever BLACKS are gathered. They must reflect on the following concepts:

1. Commitment to God
2. Commitment to the BLACK Community
3. Commitment to the BLACK Family
4. Dedication to the Pursuit of Education
5. Dedication to the Pursuit of Excellence
6. Adherence to the BLACK Work Ethic
7. Commitment to Self-Discipline and Self-Respect
8. Disavowal of the Pursuit of "Middleclassness"
9. Pledge to make the fruits of all developing and acquired skills available to the BLACK Community
10. Pledge to Allocate Regularly, a Portion of Personal Resources for Strengthening and Supporting BLACK Institutions
11. Pledge allegiance to all BLACK leadership who espouse and embrace the BLACK Value System
12. Personal commitment to embracement of the BLACK Value System.

Please read the "BLACK Value System" again -- only this time, substitute the word "White" for "BLACK."

If your church had such a "White Value System" Jesse and Al and the NAACP would have 10,000 demonstrators out front in a heartbeat."

Posted by: Obama's Creed | June 28, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

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