Tuesday, October 21, 2008

McCain Muslim Supporter Not Permitted to Be Interviewed on CNN- Jon Stewart F***You Sarah Palin & The Continuing Smear Campaign Against Obama

Anyway the McCain campaign has continued to just sling mud and doesn't bother about real issues . They believe they can win by making false accusations about Obama that he pals around with terrorist and is a " secret Muslim" a sort of Manchurian Candidate for Islamic extremist. And it appears there is a significant number of Americans who buy into this nonsense . But we shouldn't be surprised they did vote Bush in for two terms as president and many of these same people believe America is on a mission from God to deliver the world from Islam and other religions they believe are false.

Lets's begin with a funny yet important bit by Jon Stewart as he says F*** You Sarah Palin because she claims only Americans in small town America are the " True Americans " who are loyal to their country and everybody else in America is out to destroy America.

Muslim for mccain not allowed to talk to CNN
The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner Oct. 20,2008

Daniel Zubairi, a Muslim McCain grassroots organizer who told racist rally attendees in Woodbridge, Virginia that the campaign didn't "endorse that behavior," was for some reason not allowed to talk to CNN about the incident.
Anchor Rick Sanchez said Zubairi was "ready and willing" to talk, but "the McCain camp won't let him do so."
McCain Supporter Chases Off Smear Merchant But McCain Campaign Won't Alllow Him to Be Interviewed on CNN.

and from AlterNet

Conservatives Attack Intolerant Obama Slanderers at Rally UPDATE: McCain Muzzles Hero by Davin Hutchins, American News Project October 20, 2008.

Several moderate McCain supporters, Muslim and Christian alike, bombarded a group distributing offensive flyers until they left the premises.

Here's the story, along with the full video:

At a John McCain rally in Woodbridge, Virginia, three people handed out "Obama for Change" bumper stickers with the Communist sickle and hammer and the Islamic crescent, saying Obama was a socialist with ties to radical Islam. Several moderate McCain supporters, Muslim and Christian alike, struck back -- relentlessly bombarding the group distributing the flyers until they left the premises

McCarthyism is alive and well in the McCain campaign as they smear Obama with " Guilt by Association ".One needs to remember that to most people inside and outside America " McCarthyism " is a pejorative term but to the Ultraconservatives in the Republican party they still believe McCarthy was a great American hero who was unjustifiably attacked by the "liberal" media.

"Back in 1995, Ayers, along with two other education reformers, successfully applied for a $50 million grant from the conservative billionaire Walter Annenberg to support school reform efforts in the city. Ayers had been serving as an educational consultant for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and later received the city's "Citizen of the Year" recognition for his education advocacy. According to the investigation by the New York Times, Obama was asked to chair the six-member panel that oversaw distribution of the funds, which became known as the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, over a four-year period. " Stephen Zunes

If one takes seriously this sort of guilt by association then one could draw the conclusion that mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago could be labeled as a Domestic terrorist and a disloyal American. Anyone therefore who served on a board or made a speech at the same venue as Ayers are they all to be accused of being Domestic Terrorist and as being disloyal Americans. If the McCain campaign is serious about this does it mean that if elected McCain will start his own witch hunt for all those who may have associted with Left-wing Domestic terrorists while they will ignore those who associated with right wing Domestic terrorists such as the Pro-Life Anti-abortion terrorists. You see the anti-abortionist terrorist it appears are on the side of God and " true Christianity" so they may have broken " man's laws " but in fact are obeying " God'Law".

The McCain/Palin campaign is still making the claim that Obama had an ongoing frienship and working relationship with Bill Ayers . The claims are misleading based upon guilt by association.

Stephen Zunes in his article defines this new form of McCarthyism as" the Cootie Effect " in which one gets infested by left -wing extremist ideas and ideology just by being in the same room as a left-wing extremist .

Monday, October 20, 2008 by CommonDreams.org
The Republicans Embrace the Cootie Effect
by Stephen Zunes

Back in the 1950s, at the height of the McCarthy era, simply being friends with someone suspected of being a Communist could ruin your career. It became known as "guilt by association." During this year's presidential campaign, however, it's been extended to guilt by spatial proximity, which could appropriately be called the "cootie effect." If you sit on the same board, have appeared at the same event or otherwise have been in close physical proximity of someone deemed undesirable, you therefore must have been infected by their politics or, at minimum, have no problems with things they may have done in their past.

Republican presidential nominee John McCain and his running mate Sarah Palin, building upon a line of attack originally used by Hillary Clinton during the primary campaign, have raised alarms over the possibility that Barack Obama may have picked up radical terrorist cooties from Bill Ayers, a professor of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago who was active in the Weather Underground during his youth nearly forty years ago.

Though it is easy to dismiss such attacks as absurd, as they certainly are, it is surprising how easy it is for otherwise rational people to fall prey to such twisted logic.

As has been investigated by the New York Times, Factcheck.org, Politifact, and other media, the links between Obama and Ayers are so minimal that it defies any semblance of rationality as to how - in the midst of two wars and the greatest financial crisis in generations - this has become a major campaign issue just two weeks before the general election. But it has.

Back in 1995, Ayers, along with two other education reformers, successfully applied for a $50 million grant from the conservative billionaire Walter Annenberg to support school reform efforts in the city. Ayers had been serving as an educational consultant for Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and later received the city's "Citizen of the Year" recognition for his education advocacy. According to the investigation by the New York Times, Obama was asked to chair the six-member panel that oversaw distribution of the funds, which became known as the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, over a four-year period.

Fox News, however, reported that "Barack Obama and Bill Ayers had a close working relationship [with]...the two of them were running the foundation together" and that "Barack Obama was funding Bill Ayers' radical educational projects." A widely-circulated McCain campaign ad claimed "Ayers and Obama ran a radical educational foundation together." Similarly, in the Wall Street Journal, Stanley Kurtz - ignoring other members of the team of applicants and the wide range of supporters who made the CAC possible - claimed that "Mr. Ayers founded CAC and was its guiding spirit." He also insisted that "No one would have been appointed the CAC chairman without his [Ayers'] approval" when, according to the Times investigation, the decision to ask Obama to head the committee was made at the recommendation of Deborah Leff, then president of the Joyce Foundation, at a luncheon meeting with Patricia Graham of the Spencer Foundation and Adele Simmons of the MacArthur Foundation. Ayers wasn't even present. Kurtz goes on to claim that "Mr. Obama and Mr. Ayers worked as a team to advance the CAC agenda." In reality Ayers attended no more than half a dozen meetings over the five years of CAC's operation, which were open to the public, in which he - among many others - briefed board members on various issues effecting Chicago schools. As Obama pointed out in the final debate, the board also included Republicans.

Another example the Republicans have used of this supposed "close friendship" between Obama and Ayers is that from 2000 to 2002, Obama and Ayers overlapped on the eight-member board of the Woods Fund, a Chicago anti-poverty group. The New York Times quotes Eden Martin, a corporate lawyer and president of the Commercial Club of Chicago who was also on the board at that time, as noting, "You had people who were liberal and some who were pretty conservative, but we usually reached a consensus." He also said that he found nothing remarkable about Obama and Ayers' interactions on the board.

One apparently does not have to be on a board at the same time to get somebody's cooties. Simply appearing on the same panel or being in the same room can apparently lead to infestation as well.

In a nationally-broadcast special on Fox News, Sean Hannity claimed that Obama and Ayers "appeared together at various public engagements...it would seem that they are more than just a little bit friendly," the assumption being that if you speak at the same public forum you must be socially and ideological close.

Hannity also claimed in his report that in 1995 Ayers "hosted a political coming out party for a young Barack Obama." Palin, meanwhile, has insisted that "I think it's fair to talk about where Barack Obama kicked off his political career, in the guy's living room." This meet-the-candidate gathering was actually organized for retiring state senator Alice Palmer to kick off her campaign for U.S. Congress. It was she who invited Obama to the event, not Ayers. While there, Palmer introduced those attending her event to Obama - who had already announced his candidacy for her soon-to-be-vacated seat in the Illinois state senate - and endorsed him as her preferred successor.

Still, Jerome Corsi, in his best-seller Obama Nation, insists that introducing Obama in that particular house was significant in that "Palmer would never have introduced Obama to the Hyde Park political community at the Ayres-Dohrn home unless she saw an affinity between Ayers and Dohrn's radical leftist history . . . and the politics of Barack Obama."

Such attacks do not just come from right-wing journalists and bloggers, but Senator McCain himself, who claimed that "if you're going to associate and have as a friend and serve on a board and have a guy kick off your campaign" who is "an unrepentant terrorist, . . . I think really indicates Senator Obama's attitude..." Indeed, a recent McCain ad claims that Obama "launched his political career in Ayers' living room."


Even though there is no evidence that the cootie effect from Obama's periodic presence-in-the-same-room with a former anti-war radical has actually manifested itself in the Democratic presidential nominee's career trajectory, there are those who will claim it has anyway. For example, Hannity insisted on Fox News that Obama's "community organizing is a grand scheme perpetuated by none other than William Ayers," even though Obama had been a community organizer years before meeting Ayers and Ayers was not involved with Obama or any of the organizations who employed Obama during his years as a community organizer.

Politifact analyzed the McCain ads linking Ayers with Obama closely, particularly the claim that Obama and Ayers ran a radical education foundation together, and rated it as a "pants-on-fire" lie, its most extreme category for a misrepresentation in a political ad.

Even after the initial rounds of attacks against Obama had been debunked, the chair of Virginia's Republican Party compared Obama to Osama bin Laden since both of them "have friends that have bombed the Pentagon," a comment McCain refused to renounce and, according to a recent Time magazine article, is being pitched by McCain campaign staffers in that state as a talking point for their canvassers. These Virginia Republicans apparently found it irrelevant that: 1) Ayers is not "friends" with Obama; 2) Ayers has never been linked to the 1972 Weather Underground bombing in a Pentagon rest room; 3) that bombing was deliberately designed to avoid casualties, so comparing it to the 2001 Al-Qaeda attack - which was designed to kill and cost 184 lives - is utterly ludicrous; 4) Osama bin Laden directly ordered the al-Qaeda attack on the Pentagon whereas Obama had nothing to do with the Weather Underground bombing, which took place when he was just ten years old.

Just this past week, voters in a number of swing states received pre-recorded phone calls claiming "Barack Obama has worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayres, whose organization bombed the U.S. capitol, the Pentagon, a judge's home and killed Americans." In reality, not only did Obama not "work closely" with Ayers, none of the Weather Underground bombings ever killed anybody and Ayers was never convicted of any acts of terrorism.

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