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AP – the ones who replaced articles after the debate to make Palin look worse, are now twisting themselves in a pretzel to discredit Palin accusations about Obama-Ayers connection.

The gist of the aricle would be – it’s not true so stop saying that – and you’re a racist to boot!

I am going to skip over the Ayers defense – just noting how the entire press is suddenly in the business of defending Obama and go straight to the race card.

thatsracistgm7.gif picture by Robbedvoter

How to accomplish that?  Ayers is  white man so, using the TIME/Raines attempt can’t work.

More is needed:

In a post-Sept. 11 America, terrorists are envisioned as dark-skinned radical Muslims, not the homegrown anarchists of Ayers’ day 40 years ago. With Obama a relative unknown when he began his campaign, the Internet hummed with false e-mails about ties to radical Islam of a foreign-born candidate.

So, the fact that Ayers is white is neutralized by…September the 11.

But wait, the racism might have been…unintentional (so stop mentioning Ayers and we may stop)

Whether intended or not by the McCain campaign, portraying Obama as “not like us” is another potential appeal to racism. It suggests that the Hawaiian-born Christian is, at heart, un-American.

and even if unintended, it messes with the “post-racial illusion they try to help Obama create – like that time, with Wright

Most troubling, however, is how allowing racism to creep into the discussion serves McCain’s purpose so well.

Wait! Who brought racism into the discussion? Was it McCain? Was it Clinton? or was it this guy and his media. And here comes the demand:

As the fallout from Wright’s sermons showed earlier this year, forcing Obama to abandon issues to talk about race leads to unresolved arguments about America’s promise to treat all people equally.

and here comes the threat:

John McCain occasionally looks back on decisions with regret. He has apologized for opposing a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr. He has apologized for refusing to call for the removal of a Confederate flag from South Carolina’s Capitol.

(I never remember AP ever being on the right side of those issues either)

Last sentence: “you’ll be sorry if you cross us” – in case anyone missed the threat

When the 2008 campaign is over McCain might regret appeals such as Palin’s perhaps more so if he wins.

Oh, and I missed the insult

“It’s a giant changing of the subject,” said Jenny Backus, a Democratic strategist. “The problem is the messenger. If you want to start throwing fire bombs, you don’t send out the fluffy bunny to do it. I think people don’t take Sarah Palin seriously.”

Update

Palin’s response:

“The Associated Press is wrong,” Palin said. “The comments are about an association that has been known but hasn’t been talked about, and I think it’s fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy’s living room.”

“The heels are on, the gloves are off,” she declares, a threat delivered with a smile.

She doesn’t look that “fluffy” to me.

Unless in the Monthy Python way

Update

The meme is circulating and now Obama surrogate MSNBC is calling Ayres Willie

So what’s with MSNBC’s chyron?  Maybe they were just trying to save space?  No, that can’t be it – “Willie Ayers” takes up more screen real estate than “Bill Ayers.”  Strange.

Strange enough that we can’t help recall another “William” who became “Willie” during an election year: William J. Horton.

Mary Cocco makes it clear:

Just as Atwater in 1988 made Willie Horton into a household name, now the McCain campaign seeks to do the same for the Vietnam-era domestic terrorist William Ayers.

Rasmussen, in their e-mail update, informs me they adjusted the sample

As of October 4:

This week’s adjustment shows a three-tenths of a point increase in the number of Democrats and an identical decline in the number of Republicans.

For polling data released during the week of October 5-11, 2008, the partisan weighting targets will be 39.3% Democratic, 33.3% Republican, and 27.4% unaffiliated. For the preceding week, September 28-October 4, 2008, the partisan weighting targets were 39.0% Democratic, 33.6% Republican, and 27.4% unaffiliated.

Somehow, this sounded wrong, so I went to an e-mail from 2 days ago and found this

Partisan Trends In September: 38.4% Democrats 34.4% Republicans

In September, the number of Americans who consider themselves to be Republicans increased a percentage point from 33.2% in August to 34.4% in September.

During that same period, the number of Democrats declined slightly from 38.9% to 38.4.%. The remainder, 27.2%, are not affiliated with either major political party.

That gives the Democrats a net advantage of 4.0 percentage points, down from 5.7

So, on October 2, polls show that the GOP percent grew and on October 4 they reduce the sample? And they are the pollsters everyone considers “GOP friendly? Am I supposed to believe any poll from now on? I mean, what kind of sample the non-GOP friendly” pollsters use now a days?

I remember the famous ABC poll weighing 16% more dems to show an Obama 9% lead – how is this a positive? I guess when all the rest follow, the perception is created…


I have asked this question numerous times.

I have thought during the primaries that the usual suspects are picking the designated loser to their candidate.

Until it became painfully clear that McCain was not their candidate and the fix has been in for Obama from the start.

I have noticed that the same people who pushed Bush on us are trying to force Obama on us now. Well, at least the same people who show their faces.

Who is behind the curtain?

Looking in my archives I fond a clue

The original Politico title was the one I preserved in my blog entry.

B0 secretly meets emirs, publicly asserts “Americanness”

It’s now

Obama makes another stealth move

In Kuwait, Obama was honored at a banquet at the residence of the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, according to the government news agency.

Obama and the other members of his delegation — Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) — also attended a meeting with the ermir and a dozen other state and royal officials of the Gulf state, the government announced.

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah received at his Dar Salwa residence Sunday, His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the Deputy Chief of the National Guards Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah.

And I wonder again: who organized this trip? A political campaign? The DNC? Not likely either have the scope or the resources.

So, I go back to the stories of 4 years ago about the Saudis launching a PR campaign in US,

Bandar Bush making the talk show tour, with this jaw dropping moment

Tim Russert: Ok, we’re out of time. One simple question. Who’s more popular in your country, Osama bin Laden or George W. Bush?

Prince Bandar: We never put that polling there.

Saudis purchasing stock into CNN… and possibly other media

Our fine Saudi prince also owns shares in Times-Warner/AOL/CNN, which he first acquired in 2002. According to Forbes, the London Guardian, and other media outlets, in 2002 the Prince “claimed to own 1.4 billion in AOL stock…in 2003 he bought another 450 million of AOL stock.” God knows what he owns now. (Yes, he’s the very Prince whom Presidential hopeful Rudy Guiliani humiliated when he refused to accept his ten million dollar donation for humanitarian aid immediately following 9/11).

It still doesn’t contradict the initial impression that the people who brought us Bush are pushing Obama…

And it wold explain Obama’s vote for Cheney’s energy bill (McCain, Hillary voted against it)

And while on the subject, does anyone remember Obama’s wink and nod to the media

“Sen. Obama does not support reimposing the Fairness Doctrine on broadcasters,” press secretary Michael Ortiz said in an e-mail to B&C late Wednesday.

It may explain while even Faux is helping him

And out there, in the world, everyone feels entitled to overrule us

The faster all citizens of the world can vote in US elections the better for us all. We cannot trust the average US Joe to do the right thing.

Update October 21

Further confirmation here

Those 66,383 contributions are the proceeds of conversions of foreign currency, smuggled into the country in foreign credit card receipts, and converted to U.S. dollars.

Of course, when your money is coming in large chunks from offshore accounts, such as hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time from the Middle East and from Third World African countries, then laundered though UBS accounts in Zurich, it takes a bit of creativity to put authentic-sounding names on all of it for the FEC records

Updated with the GE revelation

NBC is owned by someone who stands to make a bundle


Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.
Update
But for the first time a faint tinge of Bush crept into my Obama reveries this month.
Famous last words…

Not Your Sweetie