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Our Recent Essays Behind the Front Page
Wednesday, June 4. 2008
The below came in over the transom (thanks, reader), and our fact checker is on strike this week so you have to take this as it is:
1.) Selma Got Me Born - NOT EXACTLY, your parents felt safe enough to have you in 1961 - Selma had no effect on your birth, as Selma was in 1965. (Google 'Obama Selma' for his full March 4,2007 speech and articles about its various untruths.)
2.) Father Was A Goat Herder - NOT EXACTLY, he was a privileged, well educated youth, who went on to work with the Kenyan Government.
3.) Father Was A Proud Freedom Fighter - NOT EXACTLY, he was part of one of the most corrupt and violent governments Kenya has ever had.
4.) My Family Has Strong Ties To African Freedom - NOT EXACTLY, your cousin Raila Odinga has created mass violence in attempting to overturn a legitimate election in 2007, in Kenya. It is the first widespread violence in decades. The current government is pro-American but Odinga wants to overthrow it and establish Muslim Sharia law. Your
half-brother, Abongo Obama, is Odinga's follower. You interrupted your New Hampshire campaigning to speak to Odinga on the phone. Obama's cousin Odinga in Kenya ran for president and tried to get Sharia muslim law in place there. When Odinga lost the elections, his followers have burned Christians' homes and then burned men, women and children alive in a Christian church where they took shelter. Obama SUPPORTED his cousin before the election process here started. Google Obama and Odinga and see what you get. No one wants to know the truth.
5.) My Grandmother Has Always Been A Christian - NOT EXACTLY, she does her daily Salat prayers at 5am according to her own interviews. Not to mention, Christianity wouldn't allow her to have been one of 14 wives to 1 man.
6.) My Name is African Swahili - NOT EXACTLY, your name is Arabic and 'Baraka' (from which Barack came) means 'blessed' in that language. Hussein is also Arabic and so is Obama. Barack Hussein Obama is not half black. If elected, he would be the first Arab-American President, not the first black President. Barack Hussein Obama is 50% Caucasian from his mother's side and 43.75% Arabic and 6.25% African Negro from his father's side. While Barack Hussein Obama's father was from Kenya, his father's family
was mainly Arabs. Barack Hussein Obama's father was Arab (his father's birth certificate even states he's Arab, not African Negro). http://www.arcadeathome.com/newsboy.phtml?Barack_
7.) I Never Practiced Islam - NOT EXACTLY, you practiced it daily at school, where you were registered as a Muslim and kept that faith for 31 years, until your wife made you change, so you could run for office. 4-3-08 Article "Obama was 'quite religious in
8.) My School In Indonesia Was Christian - NOT EXACTLY, you were registered as Muslim there and got in trouble in Koranic Studies for making faces (check your own book).
February 28, 2008. Kristoff from the New York Times a year ago: Mr. Obama recalled the opening lines of the Arabic call to prayer, reciting them with a first-rate accent. In a remark that seemed delightfully uncalculated (it'll give Alabama voters heart attacks),
Mr. Obama described the call to prayer as "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth at sunset." This is just one example of what Pamela is talking about when she says "Obama's narrative is being altered, enhanced and manipulated to whitewash troubling facts."
9.) I Was Fluent In Indonesian - NOT EXACTLY, not one teacher says you could speak the language.
10.) Because I Lived In Indonesia, I Have More Foreign Experience - NOT EXACTLY, you were there from the ages of 6 to 10, and couldn't even speak the language. What did you learn, how to study the Koran and watch cartoons.
11.) I Am Stronger On Foreign Affairs - NOT EXACTLY, except for Africa (surprise) and the Middle East (bigger surprise), you have never been anywhere else on the planet and thus have NO experience with our closest allies.
12.) I Blame My Early Drug Use On Ethnic Confusion - NOT EXACTLY, you were quite content in high school to be Barry Obama, no mention of Kenya and no mention of struggle to identify - your classmates said you were just fine.
13.)An Ebony Article Moved Me To Run For Office - NOT EXACTLY, Ebony has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.
14.) A Life Magazine Article Changed My Outlook On Life - NOT EXACTLY, Life has yet to find the article you mention in your book. It doesn't, and never did, exist.
15.) I Won't Run On A National Ticket In '08 - NOT EXACTLY, here you are, despite saying, live on TV, that you would not have enough experience by then, and you are all about having experience first.
16.) Voting "Present" is Common In Illinois Senate - NOT EXACTLY, they are common for YOU, but not many others have 130 NO VOTES.
17.) Oops, I Misvoted - NOT EXACTLY, only when caught by church groups and Democrats, did you beg to change your misvote.
18.) I Was A Professor Of Law - NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.
19.) I Was A Constitutional Lawyer - NOT EXACTLY, you were a senior lecturer ON LEAVE.
20.) Without Me, There Would Be No Ethics Bill - NOT EXACTLY, you didn't write it, introduce it, change it, or create it.
21.) The Ethics Bill Was Hard To Pass - NOT EXACTLY, it took just 14 days from start to finish.
22.) I Wrote A Tough Nuclear Bill - NOT EXACTLY, your bill was rejected by your own party for its pandering and lack of all regulation - mainly because of your Nuclear donor, Exelon, from which David Axelrod came.
23.) I Have Released My State Records - NOT EXACTLY, as of March, 2008, state bills you sponsored or voted for have yet to be released, exposing all the special interests pork hidden within.
24.) I Took On The Asbestos Altgeld Gardens Mess - NOT EXACTLY, you were part of a large group of people who remedied Altgeld Gardens. You failed to mention anyone else but yourself, in your books.
25.) My Economics Bill Will Help America - NOT EXACTLY, your 111 economic policies were just combined into a proposal which lost 99-0, and even YOU voted against your own bill.
26.) I Have Been A Bold Leader In Illinois - NOT EXACTLY, even your own supporters claim to have not seen BOLD action on your part.
27.) I Passed 26 Of My Own Bills In One Year - NOT EXACTLY, they were not YOUR bills, but rather handed to you, after their creation by a fellow Senator, to assist you in a future bid for higher office.
28.) No One on my campaign contacted Canada about NAFTA - NOT EXACTLY, the Canadian Government issued the names and a memo of the conversation your campaign had with them.
29.) I Am Tough On Terrorism - NOT EXACTLY, you missed the Iran Resolution vote on terrorism and your good friend Ali Abunimah supports the destruction of Israel.
30.) I Want All Votes To Count - NOT EXACTLY, you said let the delegates decide.
31.) I Want Americans To Decide - NOT EXACTLY, you prefer caucuses that limit the vote, confuse the voters, force a public vote, and only operate during small windows of time.
32.) I passed 900 Bills in the State Senate - NOT EXACTLY, you passed 26, most of which you didn't write yourself.
33.) I Believe In Fairness, Not Tactics - NOT EXACTLY, you used tactics to eliminate Alice Palmer from running against you.
34.) I Don't Take PAC Money - NOT EXACTLY, you take loads of it.
35.) I don't Have Lobbyists - NOT EXACTLY, you have over 47 lobbyists, and counting.
36.) My Campaign Had Nothing To Do With The 1984 Ad - NOT EXACTLY, your own campaign worker made the ad on his Apple in one afternoon.
37.) I Have Always Been Against Iraq - NOT EXACTLY, you weren't in office to vote against it AND you have voted to fund it every single time.
38.) I Have Always Supported Universal Health Care - NOT EXACTLY, your plan leaves us all to pay for the 15,000,000 who don't have to buy it.
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Snopes has an entry http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/50lies.asp that covers many of these. I didn't do a tally but these are at least partly true. If Obama's frequent misleading use of McCain's "100 years" counts as fair game then the above list is does as well.
As far as I've read on this one, it's accurate but I haven't read all the way thru it yet.. Not to #67...LOL!!
And to think that many Americans want BHO to be President. What clouds their vision? Are we a nation of morons?
Is this why the vote was given to white male land owners? There are times when I think that this right to vote reflected the framers intent to entrust those who had demonstrated sufficient economic success to do what was right not only for themselves but for the greater good. The principle is that there were qualifications to have the right to vote.
How can we have folks in Congress like Maxine Waters who want to nationalize the oil companies? Did I move to the United States of Venezuela? Is the general voting population that illiterate or lazy?
I hope the majority of the nation wakes up to this fraud. We have the makings of a complete catastrophe here.
I apologize for expressing my fears.
Nothing to apologize for there, Barrett, as you've got it figured out. It's a sad state of affairs.
Just wondering ... was my comment early this morning not posted because i mentioned Affirmative Action?
It wasn't deleted. It is here:
This is why the Founding Fathers did not believe in Universal Suffrage. There are people in our Nation who should not be deciding who should lead us. No successfully functioning organization goes down to its lowest denominators and asked them how the organization should be run, whether its a Nation, a Corporation, a Church, a Classroom, or a Family. The push toward selection of The President by popular vote allows political machines, like that of Chicago fame, to manipulate elections with skill and ease, the ignorant and clueless remaining so. Chicagabama could pull this off; there are that many voters passionate to assist this Demagogue.
Dear Two Lane Flash,
I HAD to respond to your comments concerning the lies of B. Hussein Obama.
I don't know if you are male or female, old or young, Conservative or Republican (though I have the feeling it's one of the two!) but your opinion was brilliant. truly brilliant!
What a pleasure to read a reflection written by someone truly gifted in the execution of the English language. I read and reread your piece which cried out for sanity and the common sense of people in this nation who have obviously been betrayed, at ALL costs, by the mainnstream media.
As a child I remembered being told by our teachers that wasn't it so sad for poor Russia having only one means of obtaining the news. It's content was totally controlled by their government who wanted you to read and think only one way.
Even at the delicate age of 11, I realized that I was priviledged to live in a land where the news was not only reported by several outlets but I could freely form my own opinion about it. I was proud of my country and felt most people were striving to be the best they could be.
After graduating (from an all girl high school) I was totally shocked when I entered college and witnessed what passed for "teaching." I learned that if your opinion differed from your "professor's" you could very quickly find yourself in hot water. Unfortunately, your final grade depended on how much your paper reflected the personal view of your instructor and not always "the facts."Anyway, I digress.
I throughly enjoyed your musings and how you expressed them so logically and in such a straightforward manner.
Thank you for making me feel that I am not so quite alone in my thoughts concerning how candidates running for the highest position in our land are selected!
You saved me from an otherwise dull Sunday entertaining a guest (who happens to be a very boring conversationalist who supports B. Hussein Obama.) See? Expressing your opinion in words DOES have a ripple effect on others!
Thanks again, Twolane!
This has been passed around. It is Cris Mathews... yes Chris Mathews when he loved Hillary asking what Obama's accomplishments were.