Obama Finally ‘Resigns’ From Trinity Church

From a relieved CNN:


Obama resigns from controversial church

May 31, 2008

(CNN) — Barack Obama resigned Saturday from his Chicago church — where controversial sermons by his former pastor and other ministers had created repeated political headaches for the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination — his campaign confirmed.

The resignation comes days after the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a visiting Catholic priest, mocked Obama’s Democratic rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, for crying in New Hampshire during the runup to the primary there.

Previously, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — former pastor at Trinity United Church of Christ and Obama’s minister for about 20 years — drew unwanted attention for the campaign when videos of several of his fiery sermons surfaced.

In them, Wright suggested the U.S.

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What Yahoo News Calls "Anti-War Protests"

It is perhaps all too telling that Yahoo News has categorized 17 news wire photos from our previously noted demonstration by Al-Sadr’s militia as “Anti-War Protests“:

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Mind you, Yahoo is labeling demonstrations called for by al-Sadr “anti-war protests” when this selfsame al-Sadr has declared “open war until the occupation is ended.”

But Yahoo doesn’t stop there.

Here are two photos from anti-US demonstrations over the “Koran shooting” incident which are also categorized as under the rubric of “Anti-War Protests”:

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Alas, Yahoo’s mistake is perhaps only too understandable.

The bravos featured in these photographs and our home grown “anti-war protesters” certainly share many of the same sentiments and goals.

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Sadr’s Thugs Demand Vote On US Relations

From the terrorists’ mouthpiece, Al Jazeera:

Protesters hold placards as they march after attending Friday ...

Sadr bloc demands pact referendum

SATURDAY, MAY 31, 2008

Supporters of Muqtada al-Sadr, the Iraqi Shia leader, have demanded that the government hold a public referendum on a long-term security agreement with the US.

Politicians have until July to finalise a pact to keep US soldiers in Iraq after the current UN mandate expires at the end of the year.

Senior al-Sadr bloc members, including Falah Hassan Shanshal and Maha Adel, met in Baghdad on Saturday and issued a statement calling on the Iraqi government to stop negotiations with the US and to hold a public referendum on the issue.

Al-Sadr supporters say they “absolutely reject” the agreement and have urged Iraqis to continue peaceful demonstrations against it.

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Hillary War Room: No Unity In November

From her sub rosa “war room,” Hillary Is 44:

Chicago Rules Committee

The great day has arrived. Today something historic will happen.

No, we don’t expect common sense to prevail today at the Rules Committee meeting. We don’t expect the voters of Florida and Michigan will have the votes they cast, as they cast them, respected or counted.

But something else, will happen.

That something is what Nancy Pelosi, the Katherine Harris of this election cycle, fears most. That something is what Howard Dean, author of the 48 state strategy fears most. That something is what Donna Brazille fears most, That something is what Barack Obama fears most.

The Barack Obama/Howard Dean 48 State Losing Strategy

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Recall the arguments that Obama used to make.

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1/3 Of DNC Panel Have Donated To Candidate

From, of all places, USA Today:


Donors among those ruling on delegates

More Than a Third of the Committee Deciding Delegate Fate Has Made Campaign Donations

By Fredreka Schouten, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — More than a third of the Democratic Party committee charged with deciding the fate of Michigan and Florida delegates have donated to the campaigns of Hillary Rodham Clinton or Barack Obama, a USA TODAY analysis shows.

Most of the money more than $23,000 has gone to Clinton, who wants the delegates counted to boost her uphill presidential bid, the analysis shows. Obama has received nearly $6,000.

“It’s another example of the noxious mix of money and politics,” said Ellen Miller, executive director of the Sunlight Foundation watchdog group. “To the general public, it has to be a surprise that people in a position to make such a critical decision are bound by their pocketbooks to particular candidates.”

Donald Fowler, a committee member who has given $1,000 to Clinton, said it was “ridiculous” to suggest his donation would influence him.

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Obama: Christian Right Drives People Apart

We posted this clip Fox News (via YouTube) back in February, but it seems very timely again.

It features a portion of Mr. Obama’s address to the United Church of Christ’s 50th Anniversary General Synod in Hartford, CT, on June 23, 2007:

Barack Obama says Christian right has hijacked faith

“Somewhere along the way faith stopped being used to bring us together and started being used to drive us apart… Faith got hijacked partly because of the so-called leaders of the Christian Right, who’ve been all too eager to exploit what divides us. At every opportunity they’ve told Evangelical Christians that Democrats disrespect their values and dislike their church, while suggesting to the rest of the country that religious Americans care only about issues like abortion and gay marriage, school prayer and Intelligent Design.”

Isn’t irony ironic?

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From Obama’s Church: Pfleger On Farrakhan

This is a repost of part of an article we first posted back in January about Obama’s church giving Louis Farrakhan its prestigious Jeremiah Wright Lifetime Achievement award.

Note who else is quoted in the November/December 2007 issue of Wright’s Trinity United Church Of Christ’s magazine:

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The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan

by Rhoda McKinney-Jones

It’s not often that one gets to interview an icon. Someone called by a singular moniker and everyone knows of whom you speak — a person who can walk into a room and cause pause because of his physical presence and historical significance. That’s exactly what I was privileged to do a few days ago from my humble kitchen perch. I interviewed the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan by phone on everything I could think to ask in 15 fleeting minutes.

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[Update] Jake Tapper Corrects His Omission

[Please scroll down for the update of this article.]

An all too typical bit of mis-reporting from Jake Tapper at ABC News:

WWII Vet Fires at Conservative Bloggers Re: Obama’s Great Uncle Charlie

May 29, 2008

His name, according to the Obama campaign, was Charles T. Payne.

He was born in February 1925, and he served in the 89th Infantry Division of the Army during World War II…

An interesting side story here — the Kitchells are not particularly happy with the conservative bloggers who have set out to prove Obama was “lying” about his great uncle…

Then there’s this remarkable exchange between the conservative bloggers at Sweetness & Light and Ray Kitchell, who served with the 89th:

From: Steve Gilbert
Sent: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:14 AM
Subject: Any Record Of Charles W Payne?

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Latest (Maybe Last) Bizarre Photos Of Hillary

From her diehard fans at the Associated Press:

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., jokes with reporters on her campaign plane prior to takeoff from the airport in Rapid City, S.D., Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

Sometimes it’s almost hard to believe that the media hate her.

Except maybe all of this was just an excuse to get to the last photograph, which would seem to be the ultimate “message” here.

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Teacher Kills Blind Boy – Didn’t Learn Koran

From France’s AFP:

Teacher punishes blind Pakistani boy to death

Friday, May 30, 2008

MULTAN, Pakistan (AFP) — A blind seven-year-old student at an Islamic school in eastern Pakistan has died after his teacher punished him for not learning the Quran, according to police on Friday.

Muhammad Atif was hung upside down from a ceiling fan and severely beaten by his teacher, Qari Ziauddin, at the seminary or madrassa (Religious school) in Vihari, near Lahore on Thursday, they said.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had ordered in inquiry into the death, an official statement said.

“The prime minister has expressed his deep sorrow and concern over the tragic death of Muhammad Atif, who reportedly died as a result of corporal punishment by his teacher,” the statement said.

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Marines Accused Of Converting Muslims

From those defenders of the faith at Knight Ridder:

Iraqis: Marines Try to Convert Muslims

May 29, 2008

FALLUJAH, Iraq – At the western entrance to the Iraqi city of Fallujah on May 27, Muamar Anad handed his residence badge to the U.S. Marines guarding the city. They checked to be sure that he was a city resident, and when they were done, Anad said, a Marine slipped a coin out of his pocket and put it in his hand.

Out of fear, he accepted it, Anad said. When he was inside the city, the college student said, he looked at one side of the coin. “Where will you spend eternity?” it asked.

He flipped it over, and on the other side it read, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

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Shocker: 100 World Leaders Hail Iraq Progress

From France’s AFP:


Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (C) makes the opening address at the first annual review of the International Compact with Iraq in Stockholm May 29, 2008.

World praises progress in Iraq as Baghdad seeks debt relief

by Pia Ohlin

STOCKHOLM (AFP) – World leaders, including UN chief Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on Thursday hailed Baghdad’s progress in combatting violence and stabilising Iraq.

A declaration adopted by 100 delegations at a Stockholm conference said the participants “recognised the important efforts made by the (Iraqi) government to improve security and public order and combat terrorism and sectarian violence across Iraq.”

It also acknowledged political and economic progress made, and said that “given the difficult context, these successes are all the more remarkable.”

In a speech earlier to the conference, Ban said Iraq was “stepping back from the abyss that we feared most,” adding that with international help the war-torn country could fulfill its “vision of becoming a free, secure, stable and prosperous nation.”

He cautioned however that “the situation remains fragile.”

The one-day conference in Stockholm, hosted by Ban and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, was attended by Rice, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki and British Foreign Secretary David Miliband among others…

Maliki stressed that great progress had been made toward creating long-term stability in all areas, and asked world leaders “to end the international sanctions that were imposed on Iraq because of the previous regime and to write off debts.”

He noted that his country was not poor thanks to its rich oil resources, but said the debt was weighing down reconstruction efforts.

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Obama’s Church On White Supremacist Hillary

From the pulpit of Obama’s Trinity Church, via YouTube:


Obama’s Church: Hillary Cried Because White Supremacy Failed

[My transcription, starting 19 seconds into the clip:]

Rev. Moss: We are delighted — he needs no introduction. He is a friend of Trinity. He is a brother beloved. He is a preacher par excellence. He is a prophetic, powerful pulpiteer [sic]. He is our friend, he is our brother. He is none other than Michael Pfleger. We welcome him once again

[Skipping to 1:45 in the clip:]

Rev. Pfleger: … We must be honest enough to expose white entitlement and supremacy wherever it raises its head. I’ve said before — and I really [don’t] want to make this political, because you know I’m very unpolitical.

But [garbled] when Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don’t believe it was put on.

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Shocker: Spanish Becoming Primary Language

From those open border lobbyists at the Associated Press:

In Miami, Spanish is becoming the primary language

By GISELA SALOMON, Associated Press Writer Thu May 29

MIAMI – Melissa Green’s mother spoke Spanish, but she never learned — her father forbid it. Today, that’s a frequent problem in this city where the English-speaking population is outnumbered.

The 49-year-old flower shop owner and Miami native said her inability to speak “espanol” makes it difficult to conduct business, seek help at stores and even ask directions. She finds it “frustrating.”

“It makes it hard for some people to find a job because they don’t speak Spanish, and I don’t think that it is right,” said Green, who sometimes calls a Spanish-speaking friend to translate for customers who don’t speak English.

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The AP Crows: Army Suicides Are Up Again!

From an elated Associated Press:

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on the campaign ...

[AFP photo and caption:] Republican presidential hopeful John McCain on the campaign trail with US President George W. Bush in Phoenix earlier this week.

Army suicides reported up again — at 108

By PAULINE JELINEK, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – The number of Army suicides increased again last year, amid the most violent year yet in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Two defense officials said Thursday that 108 troops committed suicide in 2007, six more than the previous year. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the full report on the deaths wasn’t being released until later Thursday.

About a quarter of the deaths occurred in Iraq.

The overall toll was the highest in many years, and it was unclear when, if ever, it was previously that high.

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