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Your Handy Guide to the Right’s 11th-Hour Attacks on Obama

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Posted on Oct 18, 2008
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Putting on Ayers: Tired of the Obama-Ayers flap? Well, there’s plenty more where that came from.

Thus far this election season, we’ve witnessed a number of scare tactics cooked up by conservatives hoping to scare the bejeezus out of voters who might even consider choosing Barack Obama over John McCain, and the fun isn’t over yet.

What will they think of next? Mother Jones’ David Corn has a few ideas.

David Corn in Mother Jones’ “MoJo Blog”:

Obama Is Fronting for Islamic Jihadists. Writing in The Washington Times this week, former Reagan Pentagon official Frank Gaffney, charges that Obama’s campaign has received “between $30 million and $100 million” from the Mideast, Africa and other places [where] Islamists are active.” He asserts it “seems likely” that “these funds come not only from Wahhabis, Muslim Brotherhood types and jihadists of other stripes but from non-U.S. citizens.” (His evidence? Don’t be so picky.) Gaffney adds that “Obama hopes to win the White House by relying, in part, on the Jihadist vote.” He writes: “The next three weeks afford the American people—and the media, the courts and the [Federal Elections Commission]—an opportunity to get to the bottom of Barack Obama’s ties to and affinity for jihadists who have their own reasons for relishing his promise of ‘change’ for this country. Unfortunately, the change his Islamists supporters have in mind is for global theocratic rule under Shariah, and the end of our constitutional, democratic government.” Message: Obama will destroy Christianity in the United States and enslave you within an Islamic dictatorship.

This is heady stuff. And there are, no doubt, more 11th hour assaults in the works. Right-wing bloggers have promoted a British news story reporting that an African-American poet and friend of Obama’s grandfather in Hawaii—when Obama was being raised by his grandparents—wrote pornography and engaged in sex with a 13-year-old girl. (Stop everything: Obama, when he was a teenager, received advice on how to be a black man from a pervert!) And one right-wing blogger has been pushing the conspiracy theory that it was Bill Ayers who actually wrote Obama’s book Dreams From My Father.

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By cyrena, October 21, 2008 at 2:00 am Link to this comment

TAO (your wisdom is my gift) says:

“It may not be possible to over-estimate our tormentors’ viciousness….or the depths of depravity to which they’ll go here in these latter days.  They themselves, however, have fatally UNDER-estimated the vitality and resilience of the Living Arrangement they’ve so stupidly waged chemical, biological, “nucular,” and electro-mechanical war upon these last ten thousand years or so.”

~~~

And, you definitely GOT THIS RIGHT!! (I’m an excellent pupil wink) They have DEFINITELY UNDER-estimated US and our Mother’s Living Arrangement. Oh yeah they have!!

We’re still popping up through the cracks in the sidewalks. Gonna keep on doing it too.

No panic here…but then, I took your advice when there was still time. (Ok, Ok, I confess…I already had a ‘leg up’ my grandma said this stuff too..you provided the refresher wink

I love this last part though, (so would she if she was here…)

“...We’ve already weathered much worse and lived to tell the Tale to our GreatGrandChildren around the Winter lodge-fires…”

I’m extra tickled because I swear I said almost this EXACT same thing just a few hours ago, (particularly the part about having weathered much worse) to the youngsters right here in my own commune.

I’ve now earned the esteemed status of Elder. Ok, maybe intermidiate Elder. We’re really not all that formal about titles around here. But, we’re definitely gonna survive.

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By Louise, October 19, 2008 at 9:39 am Link to this comment

Purple Girl;

Great comment! smile

But, [always there is a but] according to the Bible, Jesus identified the anti-Christ as “He who lives and loves a lie.”

So obviously you are not. But those who are, all those he’s and she’s who live and love a lie, are multitude!

mackTN;

You forgot to mention, Joe the non-plumber was never approached by Obama. In fact the man left his home and approached Obama when he heard he was in the neighborhood. He wanted some tax questions answered. McCain and his “live and love a lie” staffers, without checking on Joe, or the facts, immediately made the man the target of their rhetoric. They didn’t even bother to get his permission.

I heard on my local FOX affiliate newscast this morning, Joe has had it! He is fed up with the media attention, the republican attention, the negative attention and has become thoroughly disenfranchised!

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By Fahrenheit 451, October 19, 2008 at 3:44 am Link to this comment

@ TAO Walker;

I’ve long practiced going barefoot in/on the bare ground; my thinking has been that even our rubber-soled footwear insulates us from a connection with our source, the earth.

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By abdo, October 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm Link to this comment

Obama is a socialist who want to tack your taxes and give them to people who do not pay taxes?
but he is also a friend of terrorist? Left wing ones.
Did I say he tacks money from jihadi wahhabi salafi takfiri?
and on top of it all he is a black man with a white mother?
What a mess

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By TAO Walker, October 18, 2008 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

Among Ronald Reagan’s many dead-giveaways about the “NOTHIN’” “....(we) ain’t seen….yet,” was his smug reminder to theamericanpeople that authoritarian regimes never “voluntary give-up their power.”  It is akin to W’s casual assertion that a dictatorship is okay so long as he (or someone like him) is “the dictator.”

The intensified propaganda barrage now being ramped-up by america’s own home-grown “global” gangsters is intended to soften-up the civillian population for the hard-core obscenity of another false-flag “terrorist” event that is certain to occur if “conventional” attempts to steal the Nov. 4 election prove inadequate.  So caught-up are these die-hard privateers in their ideological idiocy that it looks like they’ll even pull down the “temple” on their own heads in a vain attempt to prevent our genuine organic Human nature from emerging again through the growing “cracks” in all the cement they’ve poured trying to smother our Mother Earth….and all Her Native Children.

It may not be possible to over-estimate our tormentors’ viciousness….or the depths of depravity to which they’ll go here in these latter days.  They themselves, however, have fatally UNDER-estimated the vitality and resilience of the Living Arrangement they’ve so stupidly waged chemical, biological, “nucular,” and electro-mechanical war upon these last ten thousand years or so.

The rule-of-fear is on its own “last-legs,” Sisters and Brothers.  Today’s blatant “desperate measures” are not only evidence of that, they are nothing but the scrapings at the bottom of their ragged bag of “dirty tricks.”  So don’t panic!  All this artificially-generated “sound and….fury” will exhaust its perpetrators long before it does us free wild natural Human Beings.  We’ve already weathered much worse and lived to tell the Tale to our GreatGrandChildren around the Winter lodge-fires.

HokaHey!

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By mackTN, October 18, 2008 at 12:03 pm Link to this comment
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You see that the right has unleashed the hounds from hell to secure this election.  24/7 onslaught includes—

1. Continued lies & attacks on Obama’s character—terrorist, muslim, pervert, radical, socialist, foreigner….of course, none of this has anything to do with his race, though his racial & cultural background make it possible to depict him in these ways—which white candidate could have realistically been presented like this?

2. Continue lies about Acorn and outrage over voter registration fraud, upholding this country’s tradition of intimidating poor and black voters. 

3. Encourage rightwing radio to broadcast lies and write columns in local papers.  Listen to their programs—24/7 talk radio about Obama the socialist, the possible non-American born candidate, the undercover terrorist with friends like Wright & Ayers. I called in once to discredit their rant over Acorn…and of course was cut off. 

4. Continue attacking Obama with proven lies at rallies, especially those that get broadcast on tv news.  Lou Dobbs foams at the mouth over Acorn. No matter the facts about Ayers, continue the charges. Don’t let proof showing otherwise stop attacks on Obama’s plan to raise taxes, spread the wealth around by punishing hardworking white people to reward shiftless lazy welfare-like people, embrace defeat in all wars, spend money on government programs like George Bush.

5. Use robocalls and email to white people to scare them about Obama’s real intentions. (After all, this defeated McCain in NC when lies were spread about his drug addicted wife and bastard black child).

Now how has Obama responded in turn?

1. He called McCain erratic.

2. He criticized his health care program.

3. he has apparently smeared Joe the Plumber by allowing media to find out that he didn’t have a license and owed back taxes.

I’m stumped.  Can someone else supply evidence of Obama’s negative campaign against McCain/Palin?

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By lastdaywatchers, October 18, 2008 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

DC Native

You said it best when you wrote “Bush has paved the way for the right to move us into a facist state first, with the Patriot Act and now privatzation of profits and socialiation of the debt of his rich cronies. And you think you should be scared of the Left???”

Sadly many talk it, but don’t actually believe is due to arrive and it not call fascism but the Great Tribulation of God

To see when this will occur read and understand the riddle of the post titled The Time of Jacob Troubles
http://lastdaywatchers.blogspot.com/2007_06_18_archive.html

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By felicity, October 18, 2008 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

I hope and think that all these crackpots will crawl back in their holes if, I hope to god when, Obama is elected. 

Certainly the radio talk-show host who identified the flag behind Obama at a recent rally as the ‘Obama’ flag with its big O/red/white/blue as the flag of a dictator, dictator O for Obama, has already crawled back into his hole.  (The flag was the state flag of Ohio, oops.)

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By ribbie, October 18, 2008 at 9:42 am Link to this comment

McCain in 1928!

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By thebeerdoctor, October 18, 2008 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

Blessings to purple girl, her post is very close to my heart.

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By GW=MCHammered, October 18, 2008 at 9:11 am Link to this comment
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Hmmm, in the following video, Mr. Obama says his sole priority will be protecting the American people (as opposed to satisfying war machine lobbyists). Yet this right-wing-nut e-sender jumps to the conclusion, ‘He plans to unilaterally disarm our nation.’

Pardon me, but WTF?

Sounds to me like many conservatives (those with hyperactive startle responses according to recent psychological results) are starting to startle that they’re about to lose their fake protectors:
Neocons like Bu$hCo and McSame.

——————————————————->>>

You must immediately watch this video and listen carefully to what this Obama is saying!
Obama Said What?
DEMOCRATIC PARTY TRYING TO HAVE THIS VIDEO PULLED IMMEDIATELY.
Please send this to everyone you know, TODAY, as it probably will be pulled off the air soon.

This is an uninterrupted 51-second video of Obama Speaking; he’s telling us exactly what he will do to the Military… watch it before this is removed
off the web site.
This is absolutely shocking & reprehensible. He plans to unilaterally disarm our nation. The question is… For what? And more Specifically, for whom ?!!  Hummmmmmmmm, lets see if I understand this correctly, First he guts the military leaving us defenseless, then he is going to Protect us. I have to ask how does he intend to do that???

http://macsmind.com/wordpress/2008/06/08/obama-wants-to-protect-america/

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By Purple Girl, October 18, 2008 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

Oh Call Me ‘Terrorist’ too….I love to hear I am the Antithesis of a Neo Con
I AM a HERETIC to THEM since I Believe ‘We are all Gods Creations’ and that our mission is to be the Stewards of this Planet and all that relies on Us Now and in the future.
I’m a TRAITOR since I still Hold Dear the words inscribed below Our Lady Liberty…“Give me Your Tried Your Poor, Your Huddle masses Yearning to Breath Free”, and I am still willing to not only speak them but act on it as a conviction
I Am a ‘Terrorist’ willing to destroy their Self Serving, Self Anointed and Self Righteous Concept of What America Stands For.
so When I hear…
A Black man has no right to be President
A Immigrant should be hunted down in the Desert
A Gay Couple can not call their Union a ‘Marriage’
A Woman has no right to decide HOW to obtain the right of “Life Liberty & the Pursuit of happiness” Beyond her reprodcutive Organs
A Citizen has No right to Worship and even Beleive in a Different ‘All Powerful’- whether it Be a ‘God’ or the Reality of Nature
A Senior Citizen has no right to Expect even what they provided for Their elderly- No State mandated compensation, nor even familia responsiblity to assist you when you are no longer able to do so for yourself
A child should be thankful for their birth and expect nothing after that.
I Say to that Person…Baby I am a Follower of Your AntiChrist,Because In their Twisted Hypocracy I Am.
I am their Nemesis.

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By thebeerdoctor, October 18, 2008 at 9:01 am Link to this comment

Jim Yell has put it best here. After 8 years of a truthless monster, they now claim they want to maintain their control. For all that is decent please vote, if not for Obama, just make it sure it is not for McCain/Palin. These people and the falsehoods they perpetuate need to be thoroughly repudiated.

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By Opening Eyes, October 18, 2008 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

Thank you Jim Yell.  Well said.  I have always voted Independent, and I am so turned off by Repugnicans that I am voting straight Democrat.

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By JosieM, October 18, 2008 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

I think it is important that we TRY to help those Republicans we know see the lies.  I tried to get my mother-in-law understand that the Republican chain emails were full of lies and misleading information directing her to such sites as http://www.factcheck.org and http://www.snopes.com.  I even asked her to take me off her list for forwarding of these notes because they were so frustrating to me.  Yesterday, she sent another one about some things Obama alledgedly said during a supposed Meet the Press interview September 7, 2008 about the flag and patriotism.  She added the comment “This one is true.”  I was mad that this sort of garbage gets spread.  It is dirty politics!  I sent my mother-in-law and everyone else who got the email the link to the Meet the Press website where you can read transcripts and even see the full video of the segment for September 7th where Obama isn’t even on that segment of the show.  I also encouraged anyone who had already forwarded the note to forward my response to the same people so they understood the lies it contained.  I commented saying that they wouldn’t want to be responsible for swaying a voter based on lies and to vote for their candidate of choice for the right reasons.  My mother-in-law is on the other side of the country and may never speak to me again but maybe she’ll look at the chain emails with a more critical eye and not help spread the rumors.

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By jackpine savage, October 18, 2008 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

The jihadist vote?

It would be funny if this shit didn’t work, but some Americans actually believe stuff like this. So it says as much about the American populace as it does about the Republican Party.

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By Jim Yell, October 18, 2008 at 5:45 am Link to this comment
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Things change, but change is not always good. The party of Lincoln has apparently become the party of racists, religious bigots, the party of liars and hate.

The reason that Republicans are having a hard time winning votes is they had most of 8 years with as close to complete control of everything as can be had in a democracy.

What did they promise? They promised that if business is not regulated profits will florish and everyone will prosper as a result.

What happened instead is the National Treasury was robbed by no bid contracts that resulted in sloppy work and corruption. The citizens were further robbed by over priced loans made without doing the homework that is the responsibility of the lender.

This has all resulted in jobs lost, income lost, investment lost. The current campaign by the Republicans is fixated on lying about Obama in order to try and deflect the citizens attention to the failed policies of deregulation, lawlessness by a Repbublican Administration and the bankruptcy caused by letting un-regulated private enterprise take over the responsiblities of government in military matters and in administering government programs.

The Republicans have nothing to offer the American People but poverty and abusive government, which they have proved thanks to the lawlessness of Bush/Cheney and a Republican Congress for much of his term. So what can they do but try and divert by spreading hate and misinformation.

People are still dying because of their lies about Iraq. Don’t forget that. It is not love of America to dishonor our country by continuing to support a war that was started out of lies and dishonor and the wish to steal Iraqi Oil or at lest control it.

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By thebeerdoctor, October 18, 2008 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

The recent machinations to portray ACORN as a diabolic, subversive organization is totally appalling. The fact that John McCain regurgitates this garbage says more about his character than should ever be said. Let me see, is there a pattern here? An organization that attempts to assist the most economically depressed and powerless is evil? Oh I get it, if you are poor you must be a terrorist. Never forget that this decrepit bastard went along with the gag.
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/383894_acornvoters18.html?source=mypi

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By Fahrenheit 451, October 18, 2008 at 4:15 am Link to this comment

Hahahahahahahahahaha, oh please, hahahahahahahahahaha.  If this shit works, even God can’t help you!

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