Truth about Obama's "trip" to "visit" his "sick" grandmother

Update [2008-10-26 21:59:2 by January 20]: This is a little awkward. From the comments, I get the feeling that some people think I'm pointing out another loony anti-Obama site. Not the case at all. This is lovely British sarcasm. Perhaps it's not clear from the excerpt I've posted here, but Burkeman is most definitely mocking the anti-Obama loony conspiracy theorists.

As much as I've enjoyed MyDD, The Motley Moose, other essential blogs, (and a few crazies) throughout this wild & increasingly wonderful election, Oliver Burkeman's Blog at The Guardian has really stood out as reliably sane and entertaining.  The following is his latest entry, I recommend you check it out for yourselves: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/oliverbu rkemanblog


The truth about Barack Obama's "trip" to "visit" his "sick""grandmother" in "Hawai'i"

The Mainstream Media has been suppressing this, but when you pay close attention (and read The Corner) there's something pretty suspicious about Barack Obama's decision to visit his allegedly sick alleged grandmother in Hawai'i at this crucial point in the campaign. Think about it: Obama claims to have been born in Hawai'i, as his birth certificate says, and thus it would seem to follow that he might have family there, including an ailing grandmother in her mid-80s, and that he might want to visit her if she were ill. But wouldn't it make much more sense if he was actually a secret Muslim, born elsewhere, who faked his birth certificate, and that he devised the whole grandmother thing as a cover story in order to race to Hawai'i in a panic in order to insert a more convincing fake birth certificate into the state archives, or to intercept Fox News "Obama expert" and Islamophobic anti-Semite Andy Martin, who's currently in Hawai'i, and to stop Martin talking to his grandmother, who might otherwise inadvertently expose the whole "Obama is an American citizen" story as the lie that it is?

I am sure you will agree that this version of events makes much more sense.

Why, Rush Limbaugh, Jerome Corsi and Michael Savage all believe it: what more proof do you want?

And don't forget about the lawsuit filed by Philadelphia attorney Philip Berg earlier this year, claiming that Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and thus isn't eligible to be president. The Obama campaign, evidently shamed by the truth, ignored the lawsuit, which technically means that they have agreed to Berg's claim, according to an unbiased legal interpretation provided by one Philip Berg.

The evidence is hiding in plain sight, people. Hiding in plain sight. Wake up!

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Palin Comes Out of the Gay Marriage Closet

Sure it's what we all knew anyway.  In an interview with CBN's David Brody, Sarah Palin makes clear just how much she values her very special "gay friend".

Brody: On Constitutional marriage amendment , are, are you for something like that?

Palin: I am, in my own, state, I have voted along with the vast majority of Alaskans who had the opportunity to vote to amend our Constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman. I wish on a federal level that that's where we would go because I don't support gay marriage. I'm not going to be out there judging individuals, sitting in a seat of judgment telling what they can and can't do, should and should not do, but I certainly can express my own opinion here and take actions that I believe would be best for traditional marriage and that's casting my votes and speaking up for traditional marriage that, that instrument that it's the foundation of our society is that strong family and that's based on that traditional definition of marriage, so I do support that.


Extra mojo for anyone who can unpack her statement & tell me how she's not going to be "out there judging individuals, telling what they can and can't do", while simultaneously endorsing an amendment that does exactly that!

Interestingly McCain stops short of endorsing the amendment, but we all know Palin actually has more maverickiness, thus engages in more freelance maverickery.

Brody's full report from his 20 minute sit-down with Sarah will air on the independent-minded 700 Club on Tuesday.  Quote, clip & pic at: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/467179.aspx

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He Was ABSOLUTELY Right!

This address drew some flack for the suggestion that Barack was somehow playing the "race card".  Look at it now in the context of the current race & wonder if anyone could have given a more accurate prediction of not just how this cycle would progress, but also why.


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Donna Brazile Unleashed

I know that mentioning the name Brazile can still raise hackles among a large number of DD'rs.  

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PRIMARY WARS!

Link to video @ http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/fe stival/2008/10/brazile-campaign.html

It's one of the finest, most heartfelt moments I've seen this year.  Please do yourself a favor & watch the clip.  Please try, just for the moment to forget the internecine bitterness that we all lived though, and hear what Donna, and millions like her lived though.  Get a sense of just how far we have come as a nation.  

There's a suggestion that this is something of a preemptive strike to the race-and-religion baiting tactics of McCain/Palin, but I think this just transcends the campaign altogether.  

Details after the jump.

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Last Night's Debate = Today's New Obama Ad: "Taketh"

He's on message hitting on both healthcare and taxes.   I sense a gloves-off barracuda getting very, very angry.  

It starts airing today on national cable.

Taketh

http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/taketh_ad

What's next, a slapdown ad on Bomb, Bomb Iran?

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Breaking: McCain's Other Black Problem

Well, at least he was in favor of MLK Day.

Eventually.


From the Anniston Star: http://www.annistonstar.com/breaking/200 8/as-localupdate-1006-jflemingcol-8j06o5 456.htm Article contains pdf of Mac's letter.

Presidential hopeful John McCain has a connection to a former Alabama state trooper charged with the murder of a man at the height of the civil rights movement, according to documents obtained by The Star.

In the early 1990s, Sen. McCain, R-Ariz., wrote a letter to the State Department regarding James B. Fowler, who was at the time imprisoned in Thailand on narcotics charges.

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Joe McCain: Virginia is "Communist Country".

Short, but sweet.  Here's just another sign of the overall McCain implosion.  I've hardly been aware of McCain's brother.  hope we'll be hearing a lot more from him.


From AP: http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hby_5 Pku5ywmfC_rEtEV5BcYKR5gD93KDFPO0

Republican presidential candidate John McCain's brother made an apparent joke at a campaign rally this weekend that might not play well in parts of newly competitive Virginia.

Joe McCain, speaking at an event in support of his brother, called two Democratic-leaning areas in Northern Virginia "communist country," according to a report on The Washington Post's Web site.

"I've lived here for at least 10 years and before that about every third duty I was in either Arlington or Alexandria, up in communist country," Joe McCain said at an event in Loudon County, Va.

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"This was Joe McCain's unsuccessful attempt at humor," said McCain campaign spokeswoman Gail Gitcho. "John McCain and Sarah Palin are committed to winning the support of voters in Northern Virginia and understand the region's importance to victory statewide."


Meanwile, Virginia GOP fears McCain can lose the state, according to front page story on Politico: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/100 8/14285.html

Asked if he thought McCain was taking the state seriously enough, Davis paused before saying: "I think they're going to."


And where does John "The Maverick (TM)" McCain live when working in Washington?  Why, his luxurious Arlington condo, right in the heart of commie country.  Wonder if he's been tainted?

This just can't be helpful.  Heh.

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21,000 new Obama ground troops added to Pa.

50,000 in attendance.  21,000 new ground troops added to the campaign. THIS is field organization at work.


"I have spent most of my creative life measuring the distance between the American promise and the American reality ... we need someone to lead us on an American reclamation project ... we need someone with Senator Obama's understanding, temperatness, deliberateness, maturity, compassion, toughness, and faith, to help us build our house of dreams once again ... and most importantly we need you"


Oh man, how I love The Boss!

For those of you close enough, and lucky enough, there are still two more Springsteen for Obama events:

Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, October 5

Where: Ohio State University's Main Oval
When: Sunday, October 5. Doors open at 3:00, showtime is 4:30
How: For access to the best viewing area, preferred tickets will be distributed starting on Thursday, Oct. 2, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. For ticket pick-up locations, see the Dayton Daily News.

Ypsilanti, Michigan on Monday, October 6

Where: Oestrike Stadium
When: Monday, October 6. Gates open at 3:00, showtime is 4:30
How: A limited supply of tickets will be made available Friday, Oct. 3, at Obama campaign offices as well as all EMU ticket offices. Tickets will be given out on a first- come, first-served basis. EMU students will be able to obtain one ticket by showing a valid EMU ID. Eastern Michigan University will expand its normal ticket office hours Friday to accommodate the expected demand. The expanded hours and locations are as follows: Quirk Hall, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Student Center, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and the Convocation Center, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The general public should use the Convocation Center location for ticket requests.


The piece is beautifully written so I'm not going to interrupt to point out relevant points.  What I want to reinforce is just how efficient the Obama team is when it comes to using these events as genuine campaign tools. This is great field organization - nothing left to chance, multiple layers of redundancy packed into the event.  The second point is that there is a great sense of the enthusiasm we have.  Springsteen may have been the draw, but a lot of these people were there for Obama. The quote from a volunteer who had found only 10 people still unregistered seems to be a great sign.  

From http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_pag e/20081005_As_Springsteen_sings__Obama_s _camp_signs.html

Bruce Springsteen had pounded through his second song as though his acoustic guitar were a pickax, then handed it off to an assistant. The rocker in rolled-up plaid sleeves slung another guitar over his shoulder and tossed out a raspy line that made clear to the thousands on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway how he feels about Barack Obama.

"We tried this four years ago," said Springsteen, who held concerts for then-Democratic nominee John Kerry and headlined yesterday's get-out-the-vote rally for Obama in Center City. "This time, we're winning."

Though organized by the Obama campaign in just a few days, the concert, at 20th and the Parkway, drew an estimated 50,000 people. According to Obama staff, it also added 21,000 new ground troops to the Illinois senator's campaign effort in must-win Pennsylvania.

The Democratic presidential candidate's potent ground operation was on display up and down the Parkway, with volunteers at almost every turn collecting personal information about concertgoers and doling out voter-registration forms.

As good as this is, it gets even BETTER after the jump  - pics & video included!

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Debate OFF/ON or Town Hall-Obama Calls Bluff.+ New Palin Scandal!

Veering away from Sarah Palin for the moment, I have, with only the most amorphous sense of timeline, the current standings on the debate:

The most recent news I've been able to find come from WaPo's The Fix, time-stamped 9:52 PMhttp://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/

For those political junkies still wondering whether tomorrow night's scheduled presidential debate in Mississippi will happen, a just-released memo from John McCain's campaign casts doubt on the prospect.

"Tomorrow, John McCain will return to Capitol Hill where he will work with all sides to build a bipartisan solution that protects taxpayers and keeps Americans in their homes," said spokesman Brian Rogers in a memo detailing the events of the day and casting McCain as a consensus-builder and Democrats in the role of spoilers. (Full memo after the jump.)

Now, McCain does have his own plane, which means that he could theoretically be in Washington for negotiations through the early afternoon and then jet down to Mississippi for the 9 p.m. ET debate.

But the tone of McCain's memo seems to suggest he is not planning to waver from his original call yesterday to suspend tomorrow night's debate to a later date.

The memo, Obama's calling the bluff & a bonus fresh Palin scandal all after the bump..

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Palin Explains Russia to Couric-Video. My Head Just Exploded

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4 478156n

Sorry, I can't seem to embed the CBS vid.  Watch for yourself, I'm at a loss for words.  (Not in the way Palin is at a loss!)

It's beyond all expectations.  It's spectacular in a tragic, terrible way.


COURIC: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land-- boundary that we have with-- Canada. It-- it's funny that a comment like that was-- kind of made to-- cari-- I don't know, you know? Reporters--

COURIC: Mock?

PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our-- our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia--

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We-- we do-- it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where-- where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is-- from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to-- to our state.

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