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“You look at old guys like me that were alive during that time,” Wright said. “I’m saying ‘wait a minute, you’re missing something, you’re missing something,’ and my grandson—well, my youngest one is 11, he’ll not know that King. I’ll tell him, but what’s going to happen in terms of the curriculum? What’s going to happen in terms of the schools? What’s going to happen in terms of the millions of visitors who go to Washington, D.C.? They will miss that King entirely. We have an idealistic portrait. I think that does violence to what the man stood for and what he was trying to do.”

More ominously, Wright warns, the sanitizing of King has been accompanied by the primacy of a selfish, hedonistic and violent culture which has turned away from values, including self-sacrifice, that make possible harmony and the common good. This selfishness and narcissism, Wright argues, is a form of blasphemy.

“We got so focused in on being No. 1, on being the superpower,” he said. “When the Cold War ends we reign supreme. Empire, corporate interest and business interests take over. We got so focused on that and the media hype, media of course being owned by the corporations, that the founding principles, the core principles that I feel should have been our guiding principles, in terms of becoming what King called ‘the beloved community,’ and becoming what Howard Thurman called ‘the search for common ground,’ got completely lost. We substituted the prayer of Jesus with the prayer of Jabez. Increase my territory. Enlarge my territory. If you notice, Jesus taught us to pray, and I speak as a Christian minister—I realize that the country is not all Christian—but just in terms of the principles that I believe cut across interfaith lines and boundaries is in the prayer. The model prayer the Lord taught us as the Lord’s disciples has no first person singular pronoun. It’s ‘our,’ ‘we,’ ‘us.’ That got lost.”

“We became a ‘me’-focused, kind of dog-eat-dog, Ayn Rand, social Darwinist, survival of the fittest, be strong, and with no care, no concern, no compassion for those that are not born above the scratch line,” Wright said. “And no concern to make the communities in which they live and the world in which we live a community which really cares about all of God’s children, regardless of their colors and regardless of their faith.”

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Wright has become something of an expert on the commercial media since he was psychologically lynched by them. The media, selecting clips to tar him, have plastered him with derogatory labels and shut his voice out of the national discourse. He has, like all of our greatest intellectual and moral dissidents, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, been rendered a pariah. 

“The media became interested in profits, in selling airtime, in selling newspapers, in selling magazines, in selling ‘if it bleeds it leads,’ whatever will get us a larger market share of the audience, of the viewing audience, of the listening audience,” Wright went on. “That became the focus, rather than sharing factual news with Americans, and the world, in terms of what’s really going on. That’s no longer important. What’s important is profit.”

“Once that media-spun narrative is out there, from that point on all you hear is critiques of the narrative, deconstruction of the narrative, debates concerning the narrative, affirmations of the narrative, attacks on the narrative, with nobody talking about substance, because we don’t even know what substance is,” Wright said. 

Wright insists that the church, especially the liberal church that allied itself with the civil rights movement, is alive, although ignored and unheeded as a voice within the larger society. 

“The average church in America has 200 members,” he said. “But they get no news coverage. The news covers the mega-churches, Rick Warren, T.D. Jakes. We’re talking big churches, large memberships. But the men and women who are in the trenches, who have not ‘bowed to Baal,’ the 7,000 more that God told Elijah that God had, are ignored. They’re still there. They’re still doing it. They are not, perhaps—and this is spoken from a 70-year-old, and I would say 50 years of that as an adult looking back—as numerous as they were back in the ’60s. They are fewer and less vocal in number, but they remain. The problem is that the media is not going to put out what guys like your dad and my dad were doing and saying Sunday after Sunday, not just in worship but throughout the week as they tried to make ministry meaningful after the benediction. That doesn’t get covered. I see them still doing, still trying to do what they did back in the ’60s , but not getting the coverage. Let them marry a gay guy, or a gay couple, that’s going to make the news. Let them go up against Wal-Mart, especially Wal-Mart’s treatment of women or its workers, that doesn’t make the news. Because the Waltons, and the corporate giants who control the news, don’t see that kind of work by the church as important. What’s important is that the Supreme Court sided with the Walton family. So that those churches that are trying, that are dealing with poverty, that are dealing with honest conversations about educational reform, that are not jumping on the ‘Waiting for Superman’ bandwagon or Bill Gates, but who are really in the schools, are relegated to the shadows. And from what I see talking to local pastors they’re trying their best to make a difference in the lives of the poor, they’re doing feeding. I just left Fresno and a little small church out there adopted one of the missions [for the needy] in Fresno. They’ve got a place called Tent City in one of the richest counties in the country. Folks are living in tents as if it was Soweto or Calcutta. The guys from that small church in Fresno are going there, because it’s dangerous for the women to go over there, guys are going over there once a week, and they are taking the youth of this church. But that’s not making the news. I’ve seen the church doing all kinds of exciting things around the country, but it’s below the radar.”


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By heterochromatic, May 8, 2012 at 7:45 am Link to this comment

——I think it was Hetero… who said
the signal that Obama is cowardly was made evident by
abandoning Wright.—-

I think it was not. hetero believes that Wright is not someone to whom Obama
must remain loyal. he has larger obligations.

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By Korky Day, May 8, 2012 at 7:41 am Link to this comment

I have put up 6 polls at
http://www.DemoChoice.org
a small, non-profit Web site for ranked choice polling.
Anyone can write a poll there for free.
I enjoy it.
In my newest one, no one else has voted yet.
It is strategic:
What are the best ways to create world change?

http://www.demochoice.org/dcballot.php?poll=StratgyChg

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By CanDoJack, May 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment

Some who call themselves free do not understand that
free is impossible or that you don’t charge for it.

Some who call themselves thinkers are only
reactionaries.

But, to the point. I think it was Hetero… who said
the signal that Obama is cowardly was made evident by
abandoning Wright.

I said that to say this. Signals are important. But,
they need to be held in caution’s check.

I always thought Kerry did not fight the vote count
with determination. I think we now see clearly that
he did win Ohio. I have always wondered if they
scared Kerry off or paid him off with something other
than money.

I am resurrecting that Wright signal from 2008. How
much will it take or what will it take to get Obama
to take a dive in this fight or not care much if he
loses but is well cared for.

After we see that Jerry McGuire was right of course.

Some people will do anything to get money.
Some money will do anything to get some people.

Lot of money going around this year.

It is a good year for lessons.

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By Korky Day, May 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm Link to this comment

“Free Thinker” is incorrect that one must be an “insider” to know when someone has added a comment to an old article.
That notification is a clickable option to anyone with a TruthDig account who adds a comment. 
The clickable box is right above the “Submit” button when you submit a comment.

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By heterochromatic, May 7, 2012 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Free—- you’re a paranoid sort of idiot…and one too dumb to scoll through the
thread before emitting your idiocy ..

this was one of the first threads on which I commented on truthdig… the lunacy of
Hedges’ assertion that Wright is a “prophet” impelled my comment….way back in
mid-October.


go back to polishing your metal dunce-cap and worrying that the aliens are
monitoring your alleged thoughts.

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By heterochromatic, May 1 at 1:57 pm Link to this comment
Korker——that’s just so damned idiotic.
==========================================
This post by herterochromatic is proof that the ever ugly, idiotic and Zionist troll is now an insider in Truthgig. This thread he is posting under is almost eight months old, and hetro, has never posted under this thread when it was active. So the question is, how was he informed that someone had posted a comment after eight months, and he is notified to make an ugly response unless he is on the so-called moderater team of Truthdig!

I have lost faith in Truthdig and I believe now that it is a front for the CIA, FBI and Zionism to simply collect information on those deemed to be politically incorrect!

What a sad story to add sadness to these United States of Fear and Control!

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By heterochromatic, May 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm Link to this comment

Korker——that’s just so damned idiotic.

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By Korky Day, May 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

Obama didn’t want to run against Carol Moseley Braun probably because he was afraid of losing to her.  Also he didn’t want to divide the Black community, whose support he would need later.

If we had a loving, all-knowing God, she certainly would damn America for our history and current atrocities.  Then she would help us.  Same with Israel, too.

“Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms,” said Obama, according to ImpeachTheCriminals.
But Obama never even tried negotiations!

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By OzarkMichael, October 17, 2011 at 4:02 am Link to this comment

@drbhelthi,

as far as following you,it is easy to prove that i was here on Truthdig first. your paranoid accusation doesnt make me look bad, it makes you look bad.

Someone said the Casey/CIA ‘quote is proven to be real because it is ‘widely available’.

Listen, if thats how you determine what is true, the Obama really is a Muslim! It meet your crtiteria of beiing ‘widely available’ on the internet. But lies that appeal to some people get spread all over, dont they? Those lies become ‘widely available’, but that doesnt make them more true the wider they spread.

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By drbhelthi, October 17, 2011 at 1:54 am Link to this comment

You have no documention except talk radio. Keep repeating the lie though, you seem to
be making some ‘progress’ on the internet.  OzarkMichael

Your comments reflect your faulty information and distortions, not my documentation.

I find it Interesting that the organization that owns you is following me on the internet. 
An insider explained to me a couple of years ago, how internet information and
telephone calls were processed through one super-computer in the Near East.  Also, that
the organization that owns you has been following everyone on the internet for several
years.  Take ebay with PayPal for two examples.  I will omit a few difficult-to-believe,
additional ideas which the organization that owns you practice, as though they own the
“Western World.”

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By drbhelthi, October 17, 2011 at 1:32 am Link to this comment

Keep repeating the lie though, you seem to be making some ‘progress’ on
the internet.  Ah, to be a Leftist, where no proof is needed:  OzarkMichael

It is commendable that you have switched to more intelligent phraseology. 
However, your basic spinning, denying widely available, factual
informaiton, continues to designate you as a shill.  Proof of the validity of
information, occasionally contained in your comments, is consistently
absent, except for factual situations that are generally known.

Interesting that you classify bloggers who support the facts as “leftists.” 
Truthdig bloggers have classified you variously.  You appear to spin in
whatever direction your supervisor directs, which clearly qualifies your blogs as
“spins.”  My view of your blogs suggests that you are a shill, who does as
directed.  Sad.  Obviously, many Truthdig bloggers are free to present ideas
IAW their own values, which typically represent truth and practical wisdom. 
Based on your blogs, I cannot say that about you.

Nor does your attempt to dictate to others your rules for validity and
factuality of information seem to be working.  If Truthdig bloggers followed
the ground rules you attempt to impress on others, all would end up as
shills such as you, supporting the same nonsense you typically support.  Which
various bloggers have more-or-less stated.

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By heterochromatic, October 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm Link to this comment

====‘The health of a nation is measured by how it treats its prophets’.=====


Shirley, Hedges jests if he’s trying to palm off Wright as a prophet.

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By OzarkMichael, September 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

drbelthi reminds me that he said this: it was originally taped, then transferred to CDs. CD packages of Mae Brussell´s radio programs and some magazine articles can be bought.

I did look into that but i dont see the proof. Looking closely at Mae Brussell, it seems she isnt a journalist, but a radio talk show personality. I am not interested in her radio show. I am not interested in the tapes of her radio show. I am not interested in her other conspiracy theories, either.

I am interested in her source, her proof, the citation, the documentation… to support your claim that Casey actually said it. Merely referencing me to her radio show is pretty poor if thats all the proof you have.

Talk radio is notorious for claiming and accusing all sorts of bad things about people. If that is where the Casey ‘quote’ is from, just admit that you believe it on faith, and we can move on.

If you have faith in her, thats your business. Dont chide me for wanting more proof. Even if i liked her i would want some proof. But thats just me.

One more thing…it is entirely misleading of you to refer to ‘tapes’ and ‘CDs’ of her radio show as if it is a tape recording of Casey saying it.

Two years of quoting a recording of Mae Brussells as if its Casey himself speaking is a pretty weak project, drbhelthi. You have no documention except talk radio. Keep repeating the lie though, you seem to be making some ‘progress’ on the internet. Ah, to be a Leftist, where no proof is needed!

ElisaLouisa, finding another web-page that has the same quote doesnt prove Casey said it. All you prove is that it pleases a lot of people to repeat the allegation.

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By drbhelthi, September 28, 2011 at 1:10 am Link to this comment

“Thats why I asked for a citation. I ask for documentation to prove it is true. This is how
drbhelthi responded:- - ”  OzarkMichael

That the quote of the “official CIA director” summary statement at his first general staff
meeting, 1981, was/is important, is the reason I have been re-quoting it for over two
years.

I guess my response was invalid, since it did not precisely fullful the demand of
OzarkMichael.  On the other hand, he must have limited vision, if he missed the
paragraphs just below the one he saw and quoted.  Maybe he has not learned how to
use the internet search function, or was afraid the Brussell CDs would require payment. 
Or, he is a typical shill, who distracts, distorts and spins fairy tales, which description
is currently a better fit.

Excerpted: “By drbhelthi, September 24 at 9:12 am”                                   
“Regardless of where your cubicle is located, your point is typical of a shill.  Exercise
control, distort and distract from facts, support the company.
“Throwing the quote up” ?  Shills will respond that a tape-recording were falsified.  In
this case, it was originally taped, then transferred to CDs.  CD packages of Mae Brussell
´s radio programs and some magazine articles can be bought.  Brussell focussed on the
NAZI-manipulated C.I.A. “Disinformation Program”.  She documented and predicted
twenty-five years ago the Hitler-type suppression and control that has overtaken the
USGOV.  Brussel´s documentation identified the NAZIs in USGOV that carried out
“Operation Paper Clip”and several similar acts of treason against the U.S.A.  The
GHWBushSr. entourage was among them. What America currently suffers was termed
by Brussell, “The IVth Reich.”  She consistently warned of its approach.
Obviously, too few listened.  She was only a wise woman, not a syrupy-smiling
politician.”

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By elisalouisa, September 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment

Didn’t take but a minute to find it OM. Scroll on down.

http://netctr.com/mediawatch.html

Hopefully, now you will stop your bellyaching.

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By OzarkMichael, September 27, 2011 at 10:10 am Link to this comment

drbhelthi said this was a quote from Bill Casey:We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.

I asked if Mr Casey really said that. Its an important quote if its real.

Is that really a quote or did someone make it up?

Thats why I asked for a citation. I ask for documentation to prove it is true. This is how drbhelthi responded:

I have seen nothing to suggest that “Ozark Michael” assigns any Truthdig blogger responsibility for documenting anything.  If you think documentation is required, you have some backstepping to do with your own postulates.  Regardless of where your cubicle is located, your point is typical of a shill.  Exercise control, distort and distract from facts, support the company.

Well, asking for a little proof got me smeared, accused, and insulted by drbhelthi. Thats ok, i am used to it. Lets try again.

drbhelthi, show any proof that Mr Casey actually said that.

Either you have proof or you dont.

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By OzarkMichael, September 27, 2011 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

a Truthdigger proclaims:

I AM REVEREND WRIGHT. I AM TROY DAVIS. I AM ONE OF
THE MANY WRONGED BY OBAMA’S PUSILLANIMOUS CHICANERY.
I AM AN INNOCENT, KIDNAPPED, UNTRIED, VICTIM
PRISONER. I AM AN INNOCENT CHILD SLAUGHTERED BY
OBAMA’S DRONES.

thats a lot of lies in one place.

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By CanDoJack, September 26, 2011 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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A common characteristic of fame is a growing
assumption that the fame veils our transparency. Or
put another way, fame seems to make the famous think
of those who gave the famous fame as stupid.

Either way, POTUS appears to be a good example of
sick fame or as Hedges says “lost soul.”

My experience parallels that of Hedges. Seminary
experience taught me many things my teachers did not
intend. Like Hedges, perhaps the most important
lesson was how to spot a con. I, probably like many
whites who escaped the South that martyred MLK, kept
quiet about the growing ACORN OF DOUBT because, yes,
I wanted to see a brilliant black leader attain the
pinnacle of executive leadership in the US and I did
NOT want to appear to be against Obama because of his
color. (See my poem NONCONNAH YARDS).

I could hide an acorn. But, the acorn became an oak.
I AM REVEREND WRIGHT. I AM TROY DAVIS. I AM ONE OF
THE MANY WRONGED BY OBAMA’S PUSILLANIMOUS CHICANERY.
I AM AN INNOCENT, KIDNAPPED, UNTRIED, VICTIM
PRISONER. I AM AN INNOCENT CHILD SLAUGHTERED BY
OBAMA’S DRONES. Not A VICTIM of the Bush Wackers but,
of THE supposed rescuer.

The GREATEST WRONG is to put US citizens in the
position of having to choose to vote for the lackies
of the angels of totalitarianism or the falsest of
false prophets!!

Thanks for quoting Reverend Wright extensively.

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By blogdog, September 26, 2011 at 12:27 am Link to this comment

RE: “...William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, former members of the terrorist
Weather Underground.”

know more about these people

The Weathermen Redeemed, Part 1:
The Provocateur Exhumed
by Jared Israel
[Nov. 2, 2008]

http://emperors-clothes.com/exhumed.htm

[...]
Why didn’t the Reagan Justice Department prosecute them on numerous
possible (and extreme) felony charges, such as second degree murder? Why
didn’t Bush Sr. or Bush Jr.? I will show that the explanations (plural, and
contradictory!) that the media has put forward for why the government failed to
prosecute Ayers and Dohrn are not credible. The failure to prosecute Ayers and
Dohrn, who have publicly confessed to committing murder, at least in the
second degree, and other Federal and State crimes that have no statutes of
limitations, and who have not confessed to, but are convincingly linked to, at
least four murders in the first degree – this failure supports the charge many
people made in 1969: that key Weatherman leaders were (and still are) agents
provocateurs with the assignment of destroying the very possibility of a decent
Left in this country, associating the notion of social change with gangsterism and
corruption.

[...]

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By drbhelthi, September 24, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment

Quite a feat indeed for the newcomer, the young whippersnapper with the odd name.  elisalouisa

An interesting, rather narrow view of Obama´s elevation into the US Senate. 
While the various names he has been assigned since birth are not standard, American names, they do not seem to be an insurmountable problem for Americans.  Nor, that he is a product of a Brit Caucasian mother and a Brit Negroid sire pose an insurmountable problem for many Americans. That he was conceived outside of marriage and born as an illegitimate baby does not seem to be a problem for anyone.  There seem to be several problems of a continuous nature, however. 

His country of birth, required by the US CONSTITUTION to be in the USA has not been verified.  There seem to be problems of a continuous nature regarding birth certificates that experts declare to be falsified.  There seem to be problems of a continuous nature regarding his pre-election promises, 2008, and his reversal after being elected. There seem to be problems of a continuous nature regarding his sources of funding for the “aides” you mention, and his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.  There seem to be problems of a continuous nature regarding the funding for his candidacy for the U.S. Presidency.  His continuation of the nazification of the U.S.A., initiated by the GHWBushSr entourage seems to be a problem for Americans, such as punitive action against Bradley Manning without due process.  His doubling the U.S. debt by the end of the second year in office is a problem for many Americans. His failure to close Guantanamo, and refusing due process to the innocent Moslems spirited out of their homelands by the Bush entourage is a problem for Americans and the Western World.  His NAZI-type emissaries clothed in black, with automatic weapons in hand, that increasingly attack farmers because they sell natural, whole milk is a problem for Americans, and many health-conscious people of the Western World.  The increase in American policemen that decide independently to shoot a citizen to death, without cause. is an increasing problem for Americans and the Western World.

Alice Palmer does not seem to have been involved in any of these problems.  However, it is unfortunate that she was not re-elected.  It might have spared the U.S. many serious problems.

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By elisalouisa, September 24, 2011 at 11:22 am Link to this comment

Obama’s Political Mentor
On the Internet

In 1995, Alice Palmer represented the state’s 13th District, and decided to run
for the United States Congress.  She hand-picked Barack Obama to run to
replace her.

Palmer introduced her chosen successor to a few of the district’s influential
liberals at the home of two well-known figures on the local left: William Ayers
and Bernardine Dohrn, former members of the terrorist Weather Underground.

“I remember being one of a small group of people who came to Bill Ayers’
house to learn that Alice Palmer was stepping down from the Senate and
running for Congress,” says Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and
advocate for single-payer health care. “(Palmer) identified (Obama) as her
successor.”

Ten years earlier, Palmer was an executive board member of the U.S. Peace
Council, which the FBI identified as a communist front group, an affiliate of the
World Peace Council, a Soviet front group.

Palmer participated in the World Peace Council’s 1983 Prague Assembly, part of
the Soviet launch of the nuclear-freeze movement.  The only thing it would
have frozen was the Soviet Union’s military superiority.

In June 1986, while editor of the Black Press Review, she wrote an article for the
Communist Party USA’s newspaper, the People’s Daily World, now the People’s
Weekly World.  It detailed her experience attending the 27th Congress of the
Communist Party of the Soviet Union and how impressed she was by the Soviet
system.

Palmer gushed at the “Soviet plan to provide people with higher wages and
better education” and spoke of the efficiency of the Soviets’ most recent five-
year plan, attributing its success to “central planning.”  She praised their
“comprehensive affirmative action program, which they have stuck to
religiously—if I can use the word—since 1917.”

Palmer also marveled that all Russian citizens were guaranteed a job matching
their training and skills, free education, affordable housing and free medical
care.  Because Soviet school curricula were established at the national level, she
said, “there is no second-class ‘track’ system in the minority-nationality
schools as there is in the inferior inner city schools in my hometown, Chicago,
and elsewhere in the United States.”

Well, Alice lost the congressional race to Jesse Jackson, Jr., and decided
that she wanted to hang onto that hard-won state senate seat.  Most of the
community leaders tried to persuade Obama to withdraw and wait his turn.  He
was a newcomer after all.

Obama said no. He had every right to do so, but he decided to fight her for the
nomination instead of stepping aside in deference to her.

Instead Obama performed his first real act of political jujitsu.  He sent his aides
to the courthouse to carefully examine all of Alice Palmer’s signatures to see if
enough could be disallowed to knock her off the ballot altogether.
And
indeed, some of Alice’s signatures were fake.  The aides also found enough
other fake signatures on opponents’ ballot initiatives to knock them off the
ballot as well.

“They began the tedious process of challenging hundreds of signatures on the
nominating petitions of state Sen. Alice Palmer, the longtime progressive
activist from the city’s South Side. And they kept challenging petitions until
every one of Obama’s four Democratic primary rivals was forced off the ballot.”

Obama ran unopposed in the primary.

By the time Barack Obama walked handily into his state senate seat, everyone
there knew him as “the man who knocked off Alice Palmer.”  Quite a feat
indeed for the newcomer, the young whippersnapper with the odd name.

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By drbhelthi, September 24, 2011 at 9:12 am Link to this comment

I am sure i can repudiate a great deal, but that isnt quite the point. You are the one throwing the ‘quote’ up as if its a real quotation, so you bear the responsibility to prove it is a true quote. Ozark Michael

I have seen nothing to suggest that “Ozark Michael” assigns any Truthdig blogger responsibility for documenting anything.  If you think documentation is required, you have some backstepping to do with your own postulates.  Regardless of where your cubicle is located, your point is typical of a shill.  Exercise control, distort and distract from facts, support the company.

“Throwing the quote up” ?  Shills will respond that a tape-recording were falsified.  In this case, it was originally taped, then transferred to CDs.  CD packages of Mae Brussell´s radio programs and some magazine articles can be bought.  Brussell focussed on the NAZI-manipulated C.I.A. “Disinformation Program”.  She documented and predicted twenty-five years ago the Hitler-type suppression and control that has overtaken the USGOV.  Brussel´s documentation identified the NAZIs in USGOV that carried out “Operation Paper Clip”and several similar acts of treason against the U.S.A.  The GHWBushSr. entourage was among them. What America currently suffers was termed by Brussell, “The IVth Reich.”  She consistently warned of its approach.
Obviously, too few listened.  She was only a wise woman, not a syrupy-smiling politician.

In answer to your question, numerous universities offer a degree with a major in Journalism.  Thus far I find no “school” that offers a “degree in investigative journalism”. 
If I locate one, I will for sure recommend it to you.

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By elisalouisa, September 24, 2011 at 6:31 am Link to this comment

When was that Martin?

Obama Illinois political career from Wikiipidia

On November 21, 1994, state Sen. Alice Palmer (D-13) of South Shore
announced she was launching a campaign committee to raise funds to run in
1996 for the 2nd Congressional District seat of indicted U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds,
and suggested that 29-year-old Jesse Jackson, Jr. run for her state Senate seat
in 1996 instead of running against her for Congress.[2]
On June 27, 1995, Palmer announced she was running for Congress and would
be giving up her state Senate seat instead of running for re-election in
1996.[3] The following week newspapers reported that Palmer-supporter
Barack Obama of Hyde Park—who had been announced as chairman of the
$49.2 million Chicago Annenberg Challenge on June 22 and whose memoir
Dreams from My Father would be published on July 18—would announce he
was running and would be a front-runner for Palmer’s state Senate seat.[4]
On September 11, 1995, Illinois Governor Jim Edgar set November 28 as the
date for a special primary election to fill the vacancy created by the resignation
of Mel Reynolds following his August 1995 conviction.[5] On September 19,
34-year-old Barack Obama announced his candidacy for Palmer’s state Senate
seat to an audience of 200 supporters at the Ramada Inn Lakeshore in Hyde
Park-Kenwood.[6] Palmer introduced and endorsed Obama as her successor to
supporters that included 4th Ward Ald. Toni Preckwinkle of Hyde Park, newly
elected 5th Ward Ald. Barbara Holt of Hyde Park, state Rep. Barbara Flynn
Currie (D-25) of Hyde Park, and many other politicians.[6]
On November 7, 1995, Obama’s mother Ann died of metastatic uterine cancer
at the age of 52 in Honolulu.[7] Obama arrived in Hawaii the following day,
remained for his mother’s memorial service and returned to Chicago soon
after.[7] On November 28, after finishing a distant third in the 2nd
Congressional District special primary election won by 30-year-old Jesse
Jackson, Jr., a disappointed 56-year-old Alice Palmer told a small gathering
that she wouldn’t seek re-election to the state Senate and was undecided
about entering the March 1996 primary for the 2nd Congressional District
seat.[8]
On December 11, 1995—the first filing day for nominating petitions—Obama
filed his nominating petitions with over 3,000 signatures; perennial
unsuccessful candidate Ulmer Lynch, Jr. also filed nominating petitions to run
for the 13th District state Senate seat.[9] On December 18—the last filing day
for nominating petitions—Palmer held a press conference to announce she was
running for re-election to the state Senate, accepting a draft by over 100
supporters.[10] Palmer then drove to Springfield to file her nominating
petitions; also filing nominating petitions on the last filing day were first-time
candidates Gha-is Askia and Marc Ewell.[10] On December 26, Obama
campaign volunteer Ron Davis filed objections to the legitimacy of the
nominating petitions of incumbent state Sen. Palmer, and to those of Askia,
Ewell and Lynch.[11][12]
On January 17, 1996, Palmer announced she was withdrawing her bid for re-
election because she was a couple of hundred signatures short of the 757
needed to earn a place on the ballot after almost two-thirds of the 1,580
signatures on her nominating petitions were found to be invalid.[12][13] The
Chicago Board of Election Commissioners had previously sustained an objection
to the nominating petitions of Lynch because of insufficient valid signatures,
and subsequently also sustained objections to the nominating petitions of
Askia and Ewell because of insufficient valid signatures.[12][13]
In the March 19, 1996 primary election, Obama, running unopposed on the
ballot, won the Democratic nomination for state Senator for the 13th
District.[14] In the November 5 general election.

Although it is possible that Obama will reconcile with Rev. Wright it is not probable.

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By OzarkMichael, September 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm Link to this comment

Within the context revealed by William Casey, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” (from first staff meeting, 1981, as recorded by the investigative journalist, Mrs Mae Brussell, ... [/quote)

Such an important statement needs a footnote, so I asked for one: “She recorded him saying that with a tape recorder? Can we listen to it on the internet someplace?”

drbhelthi replied: If you search on Mae Brussell, you will find a wealth of additional information you can repudiate.

I am sure i can repudiate a great deal, but that isnt quite the point. You are the one throwing the ‘quote’ up as if its a real quotation, so you bear the responsibility to prove it is a true quote.

As the Bush family shills suppressed it in the 1980s, they obviously continue to do so in the 2010s.

Ah. You won’t footnote your blockbuster ‘quote’ because you say the it has been “suppressed”, which means you have no citation.

The ‘quote’ is not real. Which means you are making it up. Which means you are lying.

How many times have you told your lie? I have seen you do this a few times on Truthdig. Where else?

Do you find Leftists gullible and hateful enough to believe your lie?

Most importantly, why are you doing this?

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By drbhelthi, September 23, 2011 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

My, thats the scoop of the century!  OzarkMichael

Which century?  We are now in the 21st century. This information was published repeatedly in the 20th century, the 1980s.

If you search on Mae Brussell, you will find a wealth of additional information you can repudiate.  As the Bush family shills suppressed it in the 1980s, they obviously continue to do so in the 2010s.

Interestingly, the candidate line-up supported by the Bush family for 2012 omits one highly qualified Republican.                                                 
Why is their Home Page listed under the family name of Scherf?                                                   
Click down the list to see the line-up.  Who is missing ?
http://scherf.com/club.htm 
I wonder why - - .

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By elisalouisa, September 23, 2011 at 6:12 am Link to this comment

In the spirit of the issue at hand one could say that being a cynic as to many “facts” that are presented may be the best road in the vastness of the realm of possibility or probability, words that are synonymous.

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By Martin, September 23, 2011 at 4:29 am Link to this comment
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Wow. Rev. Wright you are very naive. President Obama
got his state senate seat by knocking an African
American woman off the ballot so he could run.  This is
how he got his seat in the first place. Sad, you view
integrity based on his alledged refusal to run against
a African American woman. Boy did you get played. And
played by a guy who saw the impediment in your eye for
racial pride that stopped your from seeing who he
really is. Barack got some kinda game.  Its played out
now but back then - again wow!

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By OzarkMichael, September 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm Link to this comment

Within the context revealed by William Casey, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” (from first staff meeting, 1981, as recorded by the investigative journalist, Mrs Mae Brussell, ... )

My, thats the scoop of the century!

She recorded him saying that with a tape recorder? Can we listen to it on the internet someplace? And what school did she get her investigative journalist degree from?

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By katsteevns, September 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment

Thanks for this, Chris!

Chris Hedges condemns Israeli Gaza Massacre

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQWUbPN4ooM&feature=fvwp&NR=1

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By drbhelthi, September 22, 2011 at 1:58 am Link to this comment

@ elisalouisa In other words a set up for misinformation. Considering that a former CIA man is involved is this not a possibility?  September 21

Within the limitlessness of the realm covered by the word, “possibility”, certainly.
Just as your subtle introduction of the question of the “possibility” might also be disinformation. Just as it is also within the realm of “possibility” that you are the same person who has slipped-in the disinformation online, that Chip Tatum is not dead, and is now working for the illuminati.

I prefer to deal with probability and fact. The information published by John Stockwell has been repeated by various “whistle blowers,” some of whom were assassinated for their whistle-blowing. Numerous of them, such as Barry Seal, were assassinated due to the perception of one certain top NAZI of the “possibility” that they might talk.  “America´s NAZI Secret,” “George Bush: The unauthorized Biography,” “Gideon´s Spies The Secret History of the MOSSAD” and numerous other volumes, plus the action taken against the Bush family 1942 for financing the NAZI movement, removes the information in subject from the realm of “possibility”, placing it in the realm of fact.

Within the context revealed by William Casey, “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” (from first staff meeting, 1981, as recorded by the investigative journalist, Mrs. Mae Brussell), most of what is revealed as news reflects success of the CIA.  Also, I
appreciate the info that is coming around again from Dr. Carol Rosin, associate of Dr. Werner v. Braun from 1974 until his death.
http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/exopolitica/exopolitics_vonbraun.htm

I would ask you two questions, if the vastness of the realm of possibility were not present.

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By kazy, September 21, 2011 at 10:36 pm Link to this comment
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With the recent unsettling revelation of homophobia from the African American community and its overwhelming support of Prop 8, it might behoove the Reverend to be a little more prudent in his remarks about citing gay people receiving news coverage regarding their civil rights as an example of titillating and superficial news coverage. I understand the superficiality of mainstream news and I know their lack of reporting on important issues and their dumbing down of Americans with either misinformation or no information. Gay right is not one of ‘em. His remark seem to reflect his own homophobia, most significantly his remark about caring communities, regardless of their color and their faith. Color and faith. These are the two groups and two issues that concern him. No mention of caring communities regarding women’s rights, which transcend color and faith, and no mention of gender and gay rights with these caring communities - because he seems to suffer from that age old syndrome of divide and conquer. Are some people’s rights more important than others? How do you weigh human suffering and decide which one is more worthy?

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By D.R. Zing, September 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment

as the poet said:

there are men too gentle to live among wolves

but there are also
men
brave enough
to look
a wolf
in the mouth
and say

I understand
why
you must eat
gentle
men

September 21, 2011.  D.R. Zing “In Awe of Rev. Jeremiah Wright”

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By blogdog, September 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

my mistake - I was wrong - there are some 9/11-related docs in the ‘leaks’

WikiLeaks: FBI hunts the 9/11 gang that got away
The FBI has launched a manhunt for a previously unknown team of men
suspected to be part of the 9/11 attacks, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.

By Steven Swinford, Robert Winnett and Nick Allen in Los Angeles8:55PM GMT
01 Feb 2011

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/8296860/WikiLeaks-FBI-hunts-the-911-gang-that-got-away.html

[...]
Secret documents reveal that the three Qatari men conducted surveillance on
the targets, provided “support” to the plotters and had tickets for a flight to
Washington on the eve of the atrocities.

The suspected terrorists flew from London to New York on a British Airways flight three weeks before the attacks.

They allegedly carried out surveillance at the World Trade Centre, the White
House and in Virginia, the US state where the Pentagon and CIA headquarters
are located.

Ten days later they flew to Los Angeles, where they stationed themselves in a
hotel near the airport which the FBI has now established was paid for by a
“convicted terrorist”, who also paid for their airline tickets.
Hotel staff have told investigators they saw pilot uniforms in their room along
with computer print outs detailing pilot names, flight numbers and times and
packages addressed to Syria, Afghanistan, Jerusalem and Jordan.

[...]

as for Israel (right in the middle of the Arab world)...

http://www.haaretz.com/news/haaretz-wikileaks-exclusive/wikileaks-the-israel-file-1.354874

[...]
“In our region,” said Netanyahu proudly, “they are prisoners of a narrative of 60
years of propaganda, in which Israel is depicted as the greatest danger to the
region. For the first time in history, there is agreement that Iran is the threat.”

Netanyahu’s second conclusion from the biggest information leak in history
seems to have less of a basis. “Israel has not been harmed at all by the
publication in WikiLeaks,” said the prime minister a few days after the
publication. “Every Israeli leader over the years has known that cables are liable
to leak and therefore we adapted ourselves to the reality of leaks. This
influences whom I bring into meetings and what I say in meetings.”

[...]
  Haaretz goes on to say that this is because the other papers showed no
interested in cables dealing with Israel and that they were preparing to release a
number feom the April 2011 ‘Israel File’. That they did, but there’s nothing
much to those either: ‘Israel ready for all out war’ - when aren’t they? ‘IDF
considering spraying Palestinian demonstrators with skunky smelling water’ -
hyped up to the level of ‘chemical weapons’ in some articles - ‘Israel practiced
economic starvation on Gaza, after Hamas was elected’ - nothing new there -
but that they aided in the creation of Hamas - no ‘leaks’ discussing that
apparently - seems the jury is still out: Wikileaks psy-op or not

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By ardee, September 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm Link to this comment

why, in Wikileaks’ massive dump, was there something damning about virtually
all arab leaders - especially the ones just taken down in the so-called ‘Arab
Spring’, yet nothing about Israel, in particular its Gaza operation, nothing about
9/11, or the cover up and nothing about Lockerbie and the CIA
Bakaa-Valley-heroin-running circle of rogue operatives responsible for it?

Because the information came from intelligence sources concentrating on those Arab nations, and not domestic sources, or the other concerns you cite.

Bradley Manning, from whom much of the material stems, was a cog in a massive intelligence machine and his areas of concern were precisely those things exposed by Wiki. They certainly cannot publish what they do not have.

I’m not sure…. but I fail to grasp the usefulness of this article which is centered
around the thoughts of Rev. Wright.  I don’t know who this man really is nor do I
know what his relationship with Obama was.  I also ignore what Obama’s religious
life is like. And even if I thought I knew all that, I couldn’t stand in divine judgment of Obama.

Perhaps if you actually read the whole article some of your queries might be answered. To say that this is solely about Obama’s religion is to show plainly that you did not read or just didn’t comprehend.

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By jo6pac, September 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm Link to this comment

Little late but thanks Kris, I remember reading a short story about 0 that Booby Seale wrote that for me meant this guy was tool and when he did this it just confirmed it. I’m glad C. West has come in from the darkness.

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By blogdog, September 21, 2011 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

RE: By elisalouisa, September 21 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
My concerns as to John Stockman’s motives go something like this. Most of
what he tells us may be true but could something that the CIA wants us to
believe also be slipped in there?  In other words a set up for misinformation.
Considering that a former CIA man is involved is this not a possibility?

of course - always a possibility - analyze everything you hear from any source
- analyze this:

why, in Wikileaks’ massive dump, was there something damning about virtually
all arab leaders - especially the ones just taken down in the so-called ‘Arab
Spring’, yet nothing about Israel, in particular its Gaza operation, nothing about
9/11, or the cover up and nothing about Lockerbie and the CIA
Bakaa-Valley-heroin-running circle of rogue operatives responsible for it?

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By ImpeachTheCriminals, September 21, 2011 at 1:24 pm Link to this comment

The betrayal I felt the most deeply occurred on Dec 10, 2009, a year after Obama was elected.  He betrayed the memories of M.L. King and Gandhi, and he knew exactly what he was doing.  He was stabbing the peace movement in the back.  He promised hope and then crushed our hopes.  Hedges’ column and Wright’s words make it clear that it was the system that destroyed Obama; he wasn’t always a lying, corrupt, system-serving politician.  Now he has become as bad as Cheney and Bush, or possibly worse.  Tragic.  Please vote, volunteer, and work for the Green Party as the only real alternative to the corrupt system that we suffer under in America.

Obama: “I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: It merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life’s work, I am living testimony to the moral force of non-violence. I know there is nothing weak, nothing passive, nothing naive in the creed and lives of Gandhi and King.

But as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, I cannot be guided by their examples alone. I face the world as it is, and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the American people. For make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world. A nonviolent movement could not have halted Hitler’s armies. Negotiations cannot convince al-Qaida’s leaders to lay down their arms. To say that force is sometimes necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history, the imperfections of man and the limits of reason.”

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By elisalouisa, September 21, 2011 at 10:56 am Link to this comment

My concerns as to John Stockman’s motives go something like this. Most of what he tells us may be true but could something that the CIA wants us to believe also be slipped in there?  In other words a set up for misinformation. Considering that a former CIA man is involved is this not a possibility?

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, September 21, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment
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Chris Hedges is indeed a wonderful journalist.  However, in this piece he has overstepped his bounds and perhaps revealed a prejudice he did not intend to have known.  He is 100% dead wrong in that Obama betrayed and abandoned his minister, the Reverand Wright.  On the other hand, it was precisely the other way around.

AND THE TONGUES YAMMER ON!  Wright’s enraged words, “Goddam America”, resonates throughout this piece.  His attempts at portraying himself as a loving, caring individual doesn’t wash with me.  He is a bitter, jealous man who, despite his true feelings about the president, will say anything for revenge for having been left behind.  If the then Senator Obama had taken him along and in spite of Wright’s venomous outburst at the country, won the white house, he would have been traipsing all over the country singing his praises!

BUT THE TONGUES YAMMER ON!  With each passing day I cannot help but wonder what has become of the thinking, reasoning abilities of Americans.  I am politically independent but practically on a daily basis recieve outrageous materials from the right wing machine, both by snail mail and the net.  The most recent accuses liberals of attempting to have pedophelia legalized!  Thus,  I am not overly surprised with this diatribe by Reverand Wright.  I am aghast that Chris Hedges would take part in it!

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By David J. Cyr, September 21, 2011 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

Corporate party collaborating liberals keep preaching the faith-based myth that the world would have been different if Gore hadn’t obediently (though reluctantly) stepped aside, when the popular vote so narrowly selected the corporate pre-selected candidate that the corporate party didn’t prefer. Note: 4 years later Kerry quickly stepped aside, before the counting was done, fearing that the corporate preferred incumbent might not “win” the popular mandate in that struggle between corporate (R) & (D) party collaborators.

A large portion of Iraq was being bombed near daily throughout the 8 years of the Clinton/Gore Regime. Iraq was under siege, having its military defenses and societal infrastructure systematically degraded and destroyed — and all the Iraqi people collectively punished — in preparation for a massive invasion that would have eventually occurred regardless of whomever the POTUS was whenever Iraq was military assessed to be sufficiently vulnerable enough to be successfully occupied by ground troops — success being measured by the political sustainability of public cost providing a high return for private profit, with the least risk to private capital invested.

True to what a (D) is, Gore appeared to be an environmentalist both before and after he was the first “environmentalist” VP, but he was not an environmentalist when he was the “environmentalist” VP.

Gore was Clinton’s hatchet man in Kyoto, to ensure that climate change was not treated seriously by governments then… way back when governments treating it seriously might not have then been too late.

http://www.chenangogreens.org

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By jojojo, September 21, 2011 at 7:09 am Link to this comment

“He has, like all of our greatest intellectual and moral dissidents, from Ralph Nader to Noam Chomsky, been rendered a pariah.  “


Nader? By ignoring all his friends and advisors – who begged him to tell swing-state voters to vote for Gore – he dealt the world a knowing and disastrous blow.  If that’s idealism, I’m not so completely enthusiastic about it.

Idealism is wonderful and necessary, but sometimes lets the perfect become the enemy of the good.  Tough call.

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By GradyLeeHoward, September 21, 2011 at 4:24 am Link to this comment

No folks, it’s not God Bless America. It’s Goddamn
America! God damn fascist corporate America, because
it’s killing us all.

May all creation bless and respect Jeremiah Wright
(and Chris Hedges), who can’t help telling the truth.

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By Dr_Snooz, September 21, 2011 at 12:12 am Link to this comment

A very powerful and moving article. Thank you.

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By Psychobabbler, September 20, 2011 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment

Well, I guess Mr. Wright isn’t significant enough to raise a million dollars for 5 seconds of let’s pretend we give a sh#t on the Fox news channel.

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By ElkoJohn, September 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

the overwhelming constraint that Obama works under
is corporate, to big to be accountable, trickle down, crony capitalism.
Ever notice how neither party whats to change this?

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By jimch, September 20, 2011 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

By Morpheus, September 20 at 7:18 pm

A banner on the Osixs website states “you can’t fix what you don’t understand.” Well that completely applies to their proposed “Revolution,” and that should scare the hell out of ordinary citizens, because there are no solutions found there. That would result in total chaos from the outset, and a tyrant emerging as a leader to control the riotous hordes.

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By poodfreemon, September 20, 2011 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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I love the taste of pie-in-the-sky. Obama is “working undercover.” His
repudiation of Jeremiah Wright was a 100%-effective gambit: everyone on the
planet now believes that the rift between Wright and Obama is irreparable. In
reality, Wright and Obama remain soul mates and confidants. The Republicans
would have you believe that Obama is an FDR socialist. Obama and Wright know
that Obama has two feet firmly planted in the wisdom of Martin Luther King.

Toward the end of the Democratic campaign of 2007/2008, Hillary Clinton and
Barack Obama made a deal. Best-case scenario for the Democrats in 2012: the
Obama/Clinton ticket. Or, maybe… the Clinton/Obama ticket. I am fond of the
razzle-dazzle play.

What is the American fairy tale? Are we really the Greatest Show on Earth? Is
God really on our side?

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By Morpheus, September 20, 2011 at 7:18 pm Link to this comment

Obama dumping his pastor was the first sign I got that he may not be what he seems. In any case,he is just one man. Our problems are much bigger than one man, a little man at that.

Memo to America: Stop waiting for Democrats and Republicans to save you. It’s bad for your health and your future. Can’t you tell?

“WAKE UP PEOPLE!” 
Read “Common Sense 3.1” at ( http://www.revolution2.osixs.org )

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By MeHere, September 20, 2011 at 5:05 pm Link to this comment

I’m not sure…. but I fail to grasp the usefulness of this article which is centered
around the thoughts of Rev. Wright.  I don’t know who this man really is nor do I
know what his relationship with Obama was.  I also ignore what Obama’s religious
life is like. And even if I thought I knew all that, I couldn’t stand in divine judgment of Obama.

Coming down to earth now, I’d dare say that Obama didn’t betray anything or
anybody. His political ambition drove him to set himself up as a presidential
candidate under the rules and approval of his party and other power brokers.
He grabbed the attention of voters who didn’t want to face the realities of the
nation and wanted to hear fairy tales instead.  And he delivered the fairy tales -he
was a good salesman.

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By blogdog, September 20, 2011 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

RE “...the very real possibility of a Perry, Bachman,
or Romney presidency.”

their circus will be smote speechless when the neo-cons send up the call and their
Deus Ex Machina descends, i.e. Generalissmo Petraeus - Director of State Security,
Victor of Messopotamia - the ‘thinking mans warmonger’

as has been predicted before (not originally by me, citing other analysts); he won’t
‘run’ - too vulgar - he will heed his nations call and do his duty to save it from
the ‘feckless’ Obomber

source: http://tarpley.net/2010/08/19/neocon-petraeus-stakes-out-conflict-with-obama/

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By RayLan, September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment

@Leefeller
“As for my own prejudices, they take a back seat to the absolutists portrayals of certainty “
Are you absolutely sure of that?

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By OzarkMichael, September 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment

When i said that “Leefeller underscores the following” that means that you copied, quoted,and agreed with it. Which you obviously did. 

Yes, you are sooooo against absolutism… except when you love it, copy it, and request that we all focus on it.

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By drbhelthi, September 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm Link to this comment

“- - he was a traitor not only to his pastor, the man who married him and Michelle, who
baptized his children and who kept him spiritually and morally grounded, - -”  Chris Hedges
“  If Wright knew Obama well then he was 100% fooled by the sociopath and cant face that truth now.”  DavidByron

Obviously, Minister Wright did NOT keep Mr. Obama spiritually and morally grounded. Nor, COULD HE have done so.  Although Minister Wright wanted to serve his spiritual needs, he identified with the poor, half-Black winner fantasy that motivated the poor in 2008 to vote Obama. It blinded his perception of the half-White, Brit family, C.I.A. mercenary background. If Mr. Obama had normal, abiding social values, they would have already appeared.  As was the case with Doris “Chip” Tatum, assassin for GHWBushSr.  One of his last assignments awakened his abiding, social values and told him, “STOP HERE”.  He did. He also revealed the truth about GHWBushSr, and drug-running.  For which he was later assassinated.  Like many others, before him and after him.
http://whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/MENA/TATUM/tatum.html

The tempo with which Mr. H.B.Obama has continued the 3rd world country, genocide machine, set in motion by the GHWBushSr entourage, doubling the U.S. debt within two years, and crippling the productive economy of the U.S., has not revealed abiding, social values.  Rather, deceit, fraud and falsification have consistently “unfolded.”  All of which reflects the intent of the NAZI/CIA/Zionist machine; his master.  Unfortunately. For him, for all the people of earth, and for the earth.

To “Jeremiah” and “Chris”: You have strong, abiding, social values, but you are only humans.  And you have been duped.  Believe it. Take a cold shower and “piss it away,”  each time it “comes up”, as often as is necessary, while dealing with actuality.

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By Queenie, September 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

No one can fall from Grace or anything else if they have always been lower than a snake’s belly.

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By Gabe, September 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Interesting piece but why is Hedges spending his energy
on attacking Obama now? Has he seen the GOP candidates?
Obama may have “sold his soul” (no surprise for any
politician) but at least he’s sane, and may even be
showing signs of a backbone in his push for the jobs
bill. As flawed as he is, it’s important right now to
imagine the very real possibility of a Perry, Bachman,
or Romney presidency.

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm Link to this comment

As for my own prejudices, they take a back seat to the absolutists portrayals of certainty sponsored by those who seem to prance their aggrandized dogmas as if they are facts and truths.

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, September 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm Link to this comment
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I believe there is more here than Mr. Hedges is dealing with.

Was it not Reverand Wright who screamed into the camera:  “Goddamn America?”  I am not tossing boquets at President Obama but would it not have been political suicide for him to have stayed with a preacher who’d made his feelings about the country so absolutely certain?

I agree that bin Laden should have been captured and put on trial.  Until humankind knows the truth about politics and how it’s practiced nothing can be done to correct its enormous wrongs.

I am bothered, too, that in this essay Chris Hedges seems to be wishing to come across as a religous person while previously, he seemed to be the father of atheism.

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment

OM,

FYI: I just happen to believe in the separation of Church and state, the quote was from Henry E. not I, as for all the pastures goes, I prefer the greener ones!

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm Link to this comment

Sit down and shut up Leefeller. The battle is not yours to fight any longer.

Mwa-Hah hah hah!!!

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 11:34 am Link to this comment

@Ozark Michael

umm… thanks for that.

The battle for the eternal soul of Leefeller is clearly on.

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By OzarkMichael, September 20, 2011 at 11:17 am Link to this comment

Leefeller underscores the following: “..take note of the Seven Mountain Apostolic Dominionism that comes from all of the pastors and “Prophets” who Perry and Bachmann (and Santorum) support and follow.”

oh leefeller! “all the pastors”  really? all of them?

and you want us to focus on that mirage?

My, how gullible and absolute you are. Your hatred of extreme ‘all or none’ talk never seemed to extend to yourself and your own prejudices.

FYI: of 1000 pastors who might support Perry, Bachman, or Santorum, 999 are not Seven Mountain anything, have nothing to do with Dominionism, most of them never heard of it. But maybe one pastor is. Just maybe… one in a thousand. And thats your excuse to turn ‘all’  pastors into Dominionists?

Oh thats right, you need it to be an army. I forgot. So you absolutize. And that conjuration trick is what you want to focus on, and convince everyone of how real it is? 

Why? i want to know.

The only purpose for the lie and wanting to focus on it is to eventually muzzle ‘all’ those pastors, or any person who agrees with them. Yes, muzzle them for the good of the state. It may not be a plan in in your own mind, Leefeller, but you were never one to think ahead or figure out the implications of what you are saying.

No matter. Whether you knowingly or unknowingly work against my freedom, my children’s freedom, it is clear what my response must be. Against you i must struggle. I must fight back, tooth and nail. Whether you are a leader or a dupe in this, it matters not.

If you ever wondered why things have changed so much between us, this is a pretty good example.

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By OzarkMichael, September 20, 2011 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

As a lifelong practicing atheist, I have always admired the activist role local churches played in the civil rights movement and their attempts at alleviating poverty. That they are compelled to use the “fairy tale” to achieve those ends is but a minor annoyance.

        -so says one of the Leftists here

Very well, thats understandable, we should all applaud that religious involvement in our civics. Its part of our history and part of our present and hopefully part of our future.

Odd though, that if different activists from a local church play a role in a different cause(lets say in the defense of unborn life), it wont be a minor annoyance but a major Constitutional crisis!

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

@Leefeller

” Clearly an important focusing point!”

As everyone and their mother in the so-called liberal press and the mainstream media is doing so already, perhaps we could for a change… focus.

I know it is a lot to ask.

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 10:18 am Link to this comment

Clearly an important focusing point!

“Perhaps it makes more sense to dwell on the theocratic views of Perry and Bachmann, and take note of the Seven Mountain Apostolic Dominionism that comes from all of the pastors and “Prophets” who Perry and Bachmann (and Santorum) support and follow.”

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By Henry E., September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am Link to this comment
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At a time when the national organizations of many mainstream Christian denominations are passing resolutions condemning Israel and turning to embargos of Israeli companies and American companies that do business with Israel, it is highly hypocritical to dwell on Rev. Wright’s alleged statements concerning Israel, and to suggest that he is somehow out of the mainstream of Christian political discourse. But more importantly, Obama did not make such statements and has publically denounced such views. Perhaps it makes more sense to dwell on the theocratic views of Perry and Bachmann, and take note of the Seven Mountain Apostolic Dominionism that comes from all of the pastors and “Prophets” who Perry and Bachmann (and Santorum) support and follow.

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By DavidByron, September 20, 2011 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

This is bullshit:

“Wright, who perhaps knows Obama better than nearly any other person in the country, sees a man who sold his principles for the chimera and illusion of power. But once Obama achieved power he became its tool, its vassal, its public face, its brand.”

Obama didn’t gradually become corrupted over time.  Obama was 100% pro-elite from day one and before day one.  Corruption does not explain why politicians are corrupt.  That’s reversing the causality.  Those politicians gain power by demonstrating their corruption to elites.  They don’t just happen to get elected and only then elites try to corrupt them!!

If Wright knew Obama well then he was 100% fooled by the sociopath and cant face that truth now.  And if his concept of corruption really did have any validity then it would have to precede his election to president by years and that means it happened under Wright’s watch.

Either way Wright doesn’t come across well out of this.

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By DavidByron, September 20, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

Typical sexist crap from the reverend I see.

“The guys from that small church in Fresno are going there, because it’s dangerous for the women to go over there, guys are going over there once a week”

In fact its more dangerous for men than women.  Not that anyone would give a crap about the men even if that fact was conceded.  Nice little “Titanic” style, women and children first thing going on there.

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By DavidByron, September 20, 2011 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

This is really a black mark against Wright:

“the man who married him and Michelle, who baptized his children and who kept him spiritually and morally grounded”

So apparently Wright couldn’t recognize a sociopath.  That is not a good sign.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, September 20, 2011 at 9:00 am Link to this comment

RWS

The Catholic Church and Liberation Theology
No need to say any more, really.

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

@ Leefeller

It’s OK man. You are just having a bad trip.

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

As a classic bigot, as an opportunists and as a person who does not know what I am talking about, it would be prudent on my part to learn from the uttered wisdom of others!

Wright is not a bigot, Obama is bad, and everyone working in the White House is a Zionist.

The world for some, seems so much simpler and nicer than the one I perceive, as the saying goes, ignorance is bliss, I will now follow in the footsteps of ignorance for it will carry me much further then searching for the truth or those damn hard to find things called facts.


EmileZ asked.

“Let’s face it, you don’t really know what you are talking about do you???”

“Does calling out unamed “closet conservatives” on TD and speaking of the “golden gospel”, “lock step consevative mono thought”, and such really mean anything???”

No…. not a thing!

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By sallysense, September 20, 2011 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

(and also regarding that new obama challenger proposal…

like a journey’s opening… can’t jump to a destination so fast… that side roads don’t get taken… so who knows where things’ll go… especially with others’ votes too that obama will never get)...

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

@ Leefeller

What makes you anything less than an opportunist when it comes to yourself and/or your family???

Do you have an answer?

“one more Christian hypocrite”???

Let’s face it, you don’t really know what you are talking about do you???

Does calling out unamed “closet conservatives” on TD and speaking of the “golden gospel”, “lock step consevative mono thought”, and such really mean anything???

Explain yourself.

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By RWS, September 20, 2011 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

@Robespierre115, September 19 at 11:51 am: “[B]ut the church DOES have a strong, leftist history ...”

No, many Christians have had a strong, leftist history. The Church has the Gospel. There is a difference that is crucial for the Christian to discern. That is, morals and politics come and go and everybody’s got them. Only the Church has the Gospel. CH, like those on the right whom he warns against, is confusing things. As a seminarian he must know this, and yet he’s chosen to bag Christianity as a moral/political program rather than “God reconciling the world to Himself through Christ.” If it is moral and political exemplars we seek, there are more attractive figures in history than Jesus Christ.

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 7:34 am Link to this comment

EmileZ, please clarify or maybe I need to refine my comment?

In the short of it, my parents were classic bigots, I grew up living under the stench of bigotry and racism I clearly noticed this growing up as a little kid, so when I see what I perceive as bigotry against others, I question the motives behind the comments.

EmileZ stated:
“You sound like a classic bigot when it comes to the Jewish people.”

My Leefeller comment;... “I grew up among bigots, Wright sounds like a classic bigot when it comes to the Jewish people.”  Only according to your quote, I do not know if Wright is a Bigot, it was my miss fortune to read your comment and log it into my bigot index, I have heard these kinds of anti Jewish comments my whole life being surrounded by bigots, not bigoted only towards the Jewish people, the cornucopia of bigotry included any other people of difference.

Personally I hope Wright is not a bigot, one can only go by what they read or hear and see.

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 7:06 am Link to this comment

@ Leefeller

You sound like a classic bigot when it comes to the Jewish people.

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By drbhelthi, September 20, 2011 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

elisalouisa, September 20 at 4:59 am   http://wn.com/John_and_the_CIA             
“Does Mr. Stockwell have an ulterior motive as to his revelations?  Why hasn’t Mr.
Stockwell been eliminated thus preventing such facts, if they are true, from being made
known.”

Stockwell has repeatedly stated his ulterior motive to be that of making Americans aware
that they have been and continue to be misled and betrayed by the CIA/USGOV.               

Stockwell has revealed per video his ideas about the elimination issue.
The facts he has broadly revealed in speeches, videos and books for twenty years have
been replicated by other CIA and other agency whistle-blowers. His death might increase
their spread and replication.  Searching on “ Sibel Edmonds “ will provide more info.

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By sallysense, September 20, 2011 at 6:26 am Link to this comment

(On a related side note, the article linked below attaches over 45 prominent endorsements, including that of Chris Hedges.)

“Ralph Nader Cornel West Unveil Proposal to Challenge Obama in Primaries.”

http://www.singlepayeraction.org/blog/

(that’s enough to see this’un re-register democrat (from no affiliation) for the 2012 primaries)...

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By Leefeller, September 20, 2011 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

Once again, I only heard the sound bites of Reverend Wright over the Mass Media, which were hand picked by the conservative media, I have no idea if I would agree with Reverend Wright on many other issues. I certainly do not feel the animosity toward the Jewish community, I grew up among bigots, Wright sounds like a classic bigot from the quotes when it comes to the Jewish people.

Lets face it, Wright seems no different than any other opportunist when it comes to himself and his family, which may make him just one more Christian Hypocrite.

So here we go again, one can agree with some of what is promoted by other people, maybe on a few key issues, but not agree on the rest or everything like they are the golden worded gospel.  I went through this in the past her on TD with posters about Hedges, Chomsky, Nader and many others. This may be the difference between progressive or liberal thought compared to lock step conservative mono thought and the reason for so much bickering among the many here on TD? I also suspect there are some closet Conservative shrills here on TD threads poking sticks, apart from the obvious card carrying out of the closet conservatives here on TD like Ozark Michael, GRIM and a few others.

In the end anyone, even myself can be wrong on issues, but I am willing and open minded enough to change, for I do not believe in walking with those absolutist dogmas.

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By sallysense, September 20, 2011 at 5:37 am Link to this comment

a classic case on the amount of inflated self-interest it takes…
for presidential ambition to barely care for the common good…
with feigned input and output throughout unsound contention….
looking at current hypocrisy’s deeds we see how much it took!..

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By elisalouisa, September 20, 2011 at 4:59 am Link to this comment

Rev. Wright saw what goodness there is in Obama, until reality slowly unveiled
the entire picture.

By drbhelthi, September 20 at 2:30 am
Litl Bludot, this link will get you started
http://wn.com/John_and_the_CIA?click no. 4 on the rt. side.

Great link. Does Mr. Stockwell have an ulterior motive as to his revelations?  Why hasn’t Mr. Stockwell been eliminated thus preventing such facts, if they are true, from being made known.

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By thecrow, September 20, 2011 at 4:30 am Link to this comment

“I’ve learned an immense amount from Dr. Brzezinski.”

http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2008/10/30/the-ones-who-attacked-us/

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/06/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts-0

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

Mark Francis Brzezinski – Ambassador to Sweden, Department of State

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By drbhelthi, September 20, 2011 at 4:22 am Link to this comment

“If Obama became a Buddhist, would he still be electable?  Or does the Almighty have an invisible seat at every cabinet meeting?”  kwikcats

I suggest the first question is moot.
The second question:  a view of the cabinet suggests that all seats are taken by Zionists and their puppetry.

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 2:45 am Link to this comment

@ jimch

“In June 2011, in a speech at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore City, Wright called the State of Israel “illegal” and “genocidal” and insisted, “To equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav.”[39]”

(I don’t know what the [39] is supposed to represent, but I included it anyway)

I would love to hear the full quote. However, as you have paraphrased it in your comment below, it sounds potentially quite accurate to me. My main criticism is that I believe Rev. Wright might have a more repugnant artist than Flavor Flav to compare the State of Israel with. Flavor Flav is not all that bad.

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By RayLan, September 20, 2011 at 2:37 am Link to this comment

Chris is pulling no punches here. I know nothing about Rev Wright, but read many of Hedges articles and books and consider him to be an honest man of character. I haven’t yet found one idea or statement he has made that I strongly disagree with but rather most hit home with my deepest convictions.
Speaking out with the truth - instead of what people want to hear is always dangerous and will incite serious backlash like so many of the comments on this article.

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By drbhelthi, September 20, 2011 at 2:30 am Link to this comment

Litl Bludot, this link will get you started, http://wn.com/John_and_the_CIA
click no. 4 on the rt. side.

What Barack bin Obama is doing in Libya is found at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtTkLVERlfk&feature=player_embedded

Due to his facility with an Arab language, “Obama” was first used by the C.I.A. at
age 18.  Guess which organization arranged his higher education ? And placed him
in contact with the Chicago mob group, and the university position, and selected
his advisor, and in the Illinois senate position, and sponsored his candidacy for
the POTUS slot - - .  His behavior demonstrates the BRIT caucasian, mercenary
upbringing, not the Negroid heritage that he almost acquired.

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By EmileZ, September 20, 2011 at 2:29 am Link to this comment

@ kwikcats

Your comment, unlike Hedges article was impregnated with false dichotomies.

Calm down brother!!!

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By jimch, September 20, 2011 at 1:22 am Link to this comment

Aroutte: It matters little that you try to justify Rev. Wright’s perverse expression damning from the pulpit the nation that has afforded him a nearly exalted lifestyle. And he did it repeatedly for effect. It is obscene for a “man of the cloth” to rant in that vein during what is supposedly time for worship.
Here is another instance, years later, that reveals further what this reverent truly thinks of the citizenry of this nation. And this is not taken out of context!

“On June 9, 2009, in an interview with the Daily Press of Newport News, Wright indicated that he hadn’t had contact with Obama up to that point because “Them Jews aren’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter, that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office.” .” Wright also suggested that Obama did not send a delegation to the Durban Review Conference in Geneva on racism because of Zionist pressure saying: “[T]he Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him, that would not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on this trip, cause they’re Zionists, they would not let him talk to someone who calls a spade what it is.”[7] Writing for The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates characterized Wright’s remarks as “crude conspiratorial antisemitism.”[34] Wright wrote on his Facebook page apologizing for his remarks on June 12, 2008. He wrote, “I mis-spoke and I sincerely meant no harm or ill-will to the American Jewish community or the Obama administration… I have great respect for the Jewish faith and the foundational (and central) part of our Judeo-Christian tradition.”[36] “In other words,” another Atlantic writer, Jeffrey Goldberg, alleged, “[H]e regrets speaking plainly instead of deploying a euphemism.”[37] The Anti Defamation League released a statement condemning Wright’s remarks as “inflammatory and false. The notions of Jewish control of the White House in Reverend Wright’s statement express classic anti-Semitism in its most vile form.”[38]

In June 2011, in a speech at Empowerment Temple in Baltimore City, Wright called the State of Israel “illegal” and “genocidal” and insisted, “To equate Judaism with the state of Israel is to equate Christianity with [rapper] Flavor Flav.”[39]


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremiah_Wright#cite_note-jew-6.
A fine citizen the reverent is! Yes sir, he loves his neighbor as himself!

“The Rev. Wright said *nothing* new and those ignorant of the context and the indisputable historical facts could only be ignorant because they live disconnected from the recent past.”
You’re wrong claiming that his “facts” are indisputable, but you’re right about my living disconnected from the past. We live in the here and now. The past is past. We don’t drive covered wagons and plow land with mules anymore.

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By kwikcats, September 19, 2011 at 11:33 pm Link to this comment
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Normally I’m quite impressed with Hedges’ eloquence.  But here right from the first paragraph I find such gross exaggeration. Religionists just love condemning others while showing us how self-righteous there are.  Such foaming hubris amazes me.  Hedges’ likes to condemn atheists—in fact has written a whole book about how foul there are—people like S. Harris, C. Hitchins, R. Dawkins, etc.  Right at the outset, Hedges loses his credibility by saying that Obama is destitute of any integrity.  Balderdash!

It’s so easy to criticize Obama—so easy to criticize anyone in power from one’s armchair. Authors never have to make life and death decisions for a whole country.  So much easier to criticize than to try to understand.  This author has no idea what Obama was thinking or the many ideas and suggestions that he was weighing or planning or has any idea of the countless considerations and reservations and, I’m sure, heated discussions that produced this action against bin Laden, as just one example.

There is a lot of exaggeration out there about Obama.  So much black or white thinking, so many false dichotomies, so much all or none thinking.  Like Hedges’.  The 2010 election was not perceived at the time as being all that important; quite the contrary, as we have seen over the last several months.  Perhaps those whose moral standards are not met by Obama would rather have a Perry or Bachman—along with all the Cheneys to follow—and all the federal judges that would be appointed—and all the creepy bureaucrats that would be hired to all the agencies, i.e., those that survived the GOP/TeaParty slaughter.

The American electorate has failed, has shown its inordinate ignorance, gullibility, apathy and stupidity.  Hedges cannot change any of that by being and writing with a holier-than-thou focus.  Obama want to be re-elected; he needs to be re-elected.  Hedges wants to amalgamate religion and politics in some strange unfathomable way.  I say no to that.  If Obama became a Buddhist, would he still be electable?  Or does the Almighty have an invisible seat at every cabinet meeting?

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By blogdog, September 19, 2011 at 10:41 pm Link to this comment

as previously noted, a watershed moment - ironically, America’s 1st Black
POTUS, is a principal in engineering, with war-criminal colleagues Sarkozy and
Camoron, the re-colonization of Africa and genocidal attacks on dark-skinned
Libyans and Sub Saharan guest workers

as for accusations of these people being mercenaries, so what, and
nevertheless, it’s highly likely more mercenaries are among the so-called ‘rebel’
ranks

- e.g. “...Muammar Gaddafi’s loyalists said they had captured 17 foreigners—
some British and French—in the fight for a town still held by the ousted
leader’s followers.”
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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/09/19/libya-idUSL5E7KJ0EC20110919

as for the slaughter of Libyan and Sub Saharan blacks and Obomber’s
complicity - T. West has this to say - http://tinyurl.com/3b44zg3

more on the issue near the start of it all:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtTkLVERlfk&feature=player_embedded

and a more current article:

Libyan Rebels Accused of “Ethnic Cleansing,” Black Genocide  
WRITTEN BY ALEX NEWMAN - THURSDAY, 15 SEPTEMBER 2011 16:00
© The New American Magazine. All rights reserved
http://tinyurl.com/3vfdhhr

[...]
“Blacks are being killed. Blacks are having their throats slit. Blacks are
accused of being mercenaries,” Ping explained. “Do you think it’s normal in a
country that’s a third black that blacks are confused with mercenaries?”

In the United States, Americans of African ancestry have been fiercely critical of
developments, too. “The Libya war proved to the world that the lives of Black
people have no value for NATO, Western leaders, and editorial writers,” wrote
Black Star News in a piece blasting the New York Times’ mild rebuke of the
genocide.

And U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. joined a growing chorus of Congressmen calling
for war-crimes investigations. “Racism in the form of ethnic cleansing, killing
and genocide is wrong anytime, anyplace and against anybody in the world,” he
said on September 14.

While some analysts celebrate the apparent downfall of the brutal Gaddafi
regime, fears are growing that the worst may be yet to come for Libya -
especially for blacks. And as The New American has reported since March, the
well-documented terrorist affiliations of rebel leaders have experts worried that
the emerging Islamist regime could be even worse than the last.

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By wrldtrvlr, September 19, 2011 at 10:31 pm Link to this comment
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It is sad that this president is doing all that he
can to help all Americans and is being dissed because
he had to take some strategic steps to get elected
like distance himself from a pastor that kept talking
to the media.  Everyone knows the Republicans were
looking for dirt under every step, and found it in
Rev. Wright since they could find nothing else. Obama
fought hard for universal health care, and while not
perfect is better than most had in the past.  So go
ahead and throw him under the bus and see where you
will be with The Tea Party. Over the past 25 years,
nearly 25% of the wealth of this country is
controlled by 1% of the population. According to
economist Nobel prize winning economist Joseph
Stiglitz,the more unequal a society is, the more
reluctant the wealthy become to spend on common
needs.  The rich don’t need government benefits..They
can buy these things for themselves. Of course common
sense should tell us this anyway, and we should
recognize it by the cuts the Republicans, who are
acting on behalf of the wealthy, by cutting
education, soon Social Security, unions, pensions,
scrapping the diluted form of health care that Obama
was able to pass, making voting more difficult, and
we will be enslaved again with the chains of
ignorance,division, lack of a voice. And we sit here
grumbling about a man in office a mere 2 years,
facing a headwind of Tea Party & Republican bigotry
and opposition, being unable to undo a domino effect
of 8 years of Bush unmantling government & the
economy.  Shame on you.

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By kulu, September 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm Link to this comment

Elsie,

If you believe Obama is an honorable man you must be basing your belief on faith not on facts. The overwhelming evidence is stacked against him being in any way, shape or form, honorable.

I am an atheist in not only seeing religion as essentially based on nothing but faith no matter what but also ideological dogma and the blind kind of devotion you seem to evidence when it comes to Obama. Atheism is about looking to facts rather than faith to guide ones opinions.

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By Litl Bludot, September 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

drbhelthi

Fascinating post. You’re specific about the age at which he was recruited. Would you provide some reference? I have always known Obama to be a fake, but only by knowing who supports him, paying attention to the contradictions between what he says and then does, and to his worm tongue uttering. Of course, the effects of his presidency are now becoming increasingly apocalyptic, as those of of the CIA have always striven to be- in the service of disaster capitalism. Now that the planet has become the last disposable commodity, those of us not infected with this parasitoid ideology can only stand back and wonder at the most insane creature that ever lived, the one capable of destroying, completely, the essence of all sustenance, and of course, ourselves. The CIA at work. Yes, that fits.

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By Elsie, September 19, 2011 at 8:42 pm Link to this comment

I believe Obama is an honorable and good man.  This
republican congress started out to make him a one-
term president.  McConnell said that was his goal. 
Even when the republicans have supported something in
the pass, if Obama tries to get it passed they say
no.  And what do you think of republicans signing a
pledge not to raise taxes.  They are willing to raise
taxes on the middle class and poor but not the rich. 
They are all for big business with no regulations. 
As for taxes, we need revenue coming in.  During the  
Bush Administration was the first time we went to war
and not raised taxes.  Nothing was paid for.

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By miroslav, September 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

i always felt that i would vote for the reverend
wright for president above anyone else around.
never for a second for obama once i heard him.

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By Elsie, September 19, 2011 at 7:11 pm Link to this comment

I am not impressed with the article that Chris Hedges
wrote.  He is very judgmental.  I remember Pastor
Wright and he seemed to have an ego.  He should have
stayed out of politics when his friend was running for
president.  I don’t remember Pastor Wright contributing
anything toward Obama’s being elected president.  I
remember his being out of line.  To say someone has
fallen from grace, to me is speaking of something he
knows nothing about.

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By BettyLiberty, September 19, 2011 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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After I realized I was being lied to by the media and
the powers that be, I started to wonder about these so-
called vilified characters we’re not supposed to listen
to: Jeremiah Wright, Minister Farrakhan, Robert Welch,
etc., and boy it sure opened my eyes. Jeremiah Wright
sounds alright to me! However, I’d like to believe that
Obama started out honorable with good intentions, but I
don’t believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny. Ron
Paul 2012 - a time-tested, proven, unfettered man of
integrity.

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By Craig, September 19, 2011 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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a wonderful article.  Thank you

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By Silence is Complicity, September 19, 2011 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment

A great article by Chris Hedges on Jeremiah Wright as one of the living spiritual and intellectual giants of our times, whom the midget and miserable Barack Obama could not head and benefit from the spiritual and intellectual force he had to offer, opting instead, like the proverbial Judas, to take his 30 pieces of silver as the price of his betrayal. 

Really bad for you misguided Obama! And really good for Hedges, Wright and the other posters I join in commending this article, such as Robespierre115, ardee and Inherit The Wind!

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By truedigger3, September 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm Link to this comment

The idea that Obama changed AFTER he got elected is pure NONSENSE. Obama is Obama is a bullshit artist and a pretender from the get go and DAY ONE.
The Finance/Corporate elite would have NEVER selected Obama as THEIR MAN unless they knew who he REALLY IS!
Obviously Obama put a great performance to convince Wright that he is man of integrity and priciples and I am surprised that Chris Hedges did not mention or comment on that point.!

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