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Bill Ayers looming again in Obama election

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WASHINGTON--Barack Obama's association with former terrorist, now urban educator Bill Ayers is looming in the closing days of the presidential race, as Obama's past once again becomes part of his present.

Sarah Palin said Obama ``is someone who sees America as imperfect enough to pal around with terrorists who targeted their own country," as the McCain campaign opens the associational front with less than a month to go in the campaign. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign tried to take down Obama with Ayers and it did not work, but that was with mainly a Democratic primary audience.

On Saturday, the New York Times had a front page story on Obama and Ayers, which makes the point that the University of Illinois Chicago hired him despite his radical past--maybe fault the institution for that, someone suggested in the article. Ayers joined the UIC faculty years after the Weather Underground member surfaced from being on the lam from the law and after he got his doctorate from Columbia.

I wrote a column last Apil--during the Democratic primary clash-- explaining why Obama knowing Ayers never became an issue for him in Chicago.
You may not agree, but that's the way it's been in the city.

Sun-Times reporters Chris Fusco and Abdon Pallasch wrote this piece on Ayers last April.

Having said all this, Obama probably invited more scrutiny after he downplayed and brushed off his association with Ayers during a Democratic debate, when he said he was just a "guy" in the neighborhood who he served with on some boards.

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What a desperate lowlife, white trash, loser Palin is. I can't believe that Mr. "I won't run that kind of campaign" McCain is allowing his running mate to resort to such mindless, cheap rhetoric. America is in peril after what the Republicans and Bush have done to us! We need to know what these politicians are going to do to fix the mess, not about smear and gossip from 40 years ago! Obama is an upstanding guy, and Palin is showing us all what trailer trash she truly is. No how, no way, no McCain, No Palin.

"He's a guy who lives in my neighborhood," Obama said with a shrug, as if to say, "Don't we all have to put up with these cranky old domestic terrorists wandering through the yard?"

Great line from an earlier post.

It does matter to me. If someone who tried to kill others, funded the Black Panthers in attempts to kill and perhaps went to Cuba to be trained by Marxists in urban warfare lived in my neighborhood, I would be concerned. Same for run of the mill pedophiles, armed robbers, murderers and other felons. Makes me question Obama's sense of who is dangerous and who is not. Perhaps it comes down to that while Ayers meant harm to Americans and America, he meant no harm to Obama. Why is that? Birds of a feather?

People cannot dismiss Obama's associations whatsoever.
His selection of friends and associates speaks volumes about a person's character.
Ayers may now be a mild-mannered academic, but has shown no regrets for his anti-America tumultuous past.

Here's a very recent picture of Ayers stepping on an American flag. Obama was not eight years old when this picture was taken: http://reyfloresamerica.blogspot.com/2008/09/bill-ayers-obama-fiend-1-collectors.html

Is this acceptable from someone who is teaching our young people?

Is this the kind of people our next president should associate with?

Gov. Palin's comment that Senator Obama is "palling around with terrorists" is the verbal equivalent of the July 21st cover of The New Yorker magazine. Michelle with an Afro and an AK 47 with Barack wearing a turban-type thing. Scary how low political slander can go. The country should demand a public apology from Gov. Palin.

Sarah Palin is a lowlife white trash because she happens to bring up Obama's affiliation (and that affiliation was a lot more than some guy who lived in the neighborhood) with a guy who bombed the US Capital and praised the 9/11 attacks!

That is great intellectual reasoning Democrat 08. Its not negative campaigning, just the truth.

If Palin cant talk about Obamma today. How are you going to be treated once he consolidates power?
If telling the truth is taboo then why is it ok for Omamma to trash talk and bring up Bush on any subject he discusses??
I thing I cant wait till all of america knows about Tony Rezko and how much money Obama put in his pocket. It was all squandered and their joint project is fenced off because it is unsafe.
You liberals will wish you had never put this bum in office. He has never held a job in his entire life.
His agenda ia a one world order financed by George Soro's. You people getting all these handouts will lo longer be needed and if you cannot contribute to society you will be rounded up and fed two meal a day if you can grow it.

You mean Obama was being dishonest when he said Ayers was just some old dude who lived in his neighborhood? What a shock. The new line is: Ayers is a fine upstanding citizen, a gem of a man, a committed education reformer, who by the way Obama hardly knows so shut up you racist.

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones. Didn't "First Dude" Palin belong to a party that wanted to succede from the United States? Didn't Sarah Palin support that as much as a year ago? Besides... if Ayres is a domestic terrorist... why is he not in jail?

With as much blood as the Republicans have on their hands because of this unnecessary war... you think they would be for focused on solutions to our economic condition and ending the war in Iraq.

What direction does one's moral compass point when they assiciate with the likes of Ayers, Rezko, Wright and Pfleger? Damned right this is an issue - and a major one. The fact that the press has downplayed these associations and made excuses for Obama speaks volumes. You can tell a lot about a person's character by the company they keep. In each case mentioned, these woere more than passing aquaintences - and in each case, repugnant ones.

The country should demand a public apology from Senator Obama for having the audacity to kick off his campaign in the living room of a former terrorist, who got off on a technicality, then acting as if he's just a neighbor. There is a connection and if Obama would have simply been straight forward from the beginning he could have put this to rest by now.

Bill Ayers was much more influential in Obama's political life than Obama will admit. And I don't believe for a minute that they first met in 1995.

Check out the work of Stanley Kurtz and Steve Diamond for the truth. The NYT is just trying to save Obama's political hide.

Obama is nothing but a far left radical brought to the top by the Chicago machine. The only changes he will bring to America are a wrecked economy and a weakened position in the world.

If you want to know the face of Obama's America--check out the youtube of those children in California singing to dear leader--like he was Mao, Castro or Chavez. Bill Ayer's educational policies at work.

Chris,

Governor Palin shouldn't apologize for simply telling the truth. The American people deserve to know that Obama is friends with a terrorist. Obama has a history of radical associations, and nobody really knows how friendly Obama will be with extremists as President.

Well now there you go McCain looking backwards instead of forwards. Gosh darn it!

I think McCain should also explain to the American people his associations with:
Council for World Freedom, John Singlaub, and the Iran Contra Scandal.
Or how about Joe six pack explaining, World Anti Communist League or the Maverick telling the American people how he got out of the Keating 5.
He could even explain why his own brother, Joe McCain called an area he was in "communist country". That would be guilt by association. Now wouldn't it?

Let's do even better. Let's let Sara Palin talk about Troopergate or the mystery emails or the per diem she didn't claim on her taxes. Oh that's right, she doesn't talk to the press.

None of this is going to help the unemployed, uninsured, senior citizens, the homeless, the hungry, MY 401K that took a huge hit, and etc, etc, etc. Let's stick to the issues.

Does this mean it's fair game to pick on Palin for marrying someone who believed Alaska should secede from the union?

Given that Senator McCain thinks the "fundamentals" of the economy are strong in the face of the greatest economic crisis facing Americans in generations what else does he have left in his political arsenal but smear and distract tactics? McCain is completely out of touch with everyday Americans and the challenges they are facing --- high and growing unemployment, rising healthcare costs, trying to figure out how to send their children to college and plan for a secure retirement..

In case you need reminding where Senator McSame's head is at (in his own words)...

"I didn't decide to run for President to start a national crusade for the political reforms I believed in or to run a campaign as if it were some grand act of patriotism. In truth, I wanted to be President because it had become my ambition to be President. I was sixty-two years old when I made the decision and I thought it was my one shot at the prize." [John McCain, "Worth the Fighting For: A Memoir" (2002)]

You don't have a fundraiser to start your campaign in the living room of someone you don't know well. You don't attend a church and call someone your mentor if you don't know what they believe in. You don't let someone give you a deal on a house and land when you know that they are doing business with the Daley Chicago machine unless you are also a corrupt politician. Obama is as corrupt as the people he associated with for all those years in Chicago. The only change he and they are interested in is what they can put in their pockets.

So this Ayers guy is a terrorist? And he's running free right here in America? Why is this REPUBLICAN administration not locking up this TERRORIST but letting him go just like they did with bin Laden?!? I'm so sick of these terrorist-loving Republicans! It's time to let Democrats show what they will do.

Democrat 08..........
Well that about sums it up for the intellect for a " typical Democrat ", . Go educate yourself . Learn. Better yourself. Facts are facts.

This guilt by association path is going to be trouble for the McCain campaign.

John McCain sat on the board of a very right-wing organization, the U.S. Council for World Freedom (USCWF), chaired by John Singlaub, who was involved in the Iran contra scandal. The U.S. Council for World Freedom was an ultra conservative, right-wing group.

In 1981, when McCain was on the board, The Anti-Defamation League said the USCWF was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League – the parent organization – which ADL said “has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and anti-Semites.”

McCain has Keating, G. Gordon Liddy and Reid/Abramoff in his portfolio of bad associations. And, let's not forget his tendency to gamble...

William Ayers is now working with the University of SC and is on the Board along with close McCain supporter, SC Governor Terry Sanford (was on McCain’s short list for VP).

This is NOW, not years ago…and even though Obama was only 8 years old when Ayers was politically active, McCain was in his mid-30’s…that’s meaningless you say? YES, exactly…it doesn’t matter how old either of them was at the time or is now…neither has a close or important tie to Ayers…it’s all baloney.

McCain does not want to play guilt by association – it could and should blow up in his face…and with McCain’s face…well…

Lest we forget, the lovely Ms. Palin is closely tied to an organization actively supporting the succession of Alaska from the Union...and, isn't that TREASON!?!

Typical republicans losing and trying to use an assine smear, Palin can go home to good ole corrupt Alaska soon. What scum!

TO: John Holland on October 5, 2008 5:29 PM

WOW! Very astute pick up. No, Palin is not white trash because she brought up Obama's relationship to Ayers. She's white trash because she is a small minded, intellectually challenged, successionist supporting, good-old-girl chronyist politician who thinks she can lie, cheat and steal with impunity...in other words...a Joe-Six Pack Republican.

It's one thing if you have a problems with Obama's associations...but be sure you're not supporting the other guy, who has serious association problems of his own...

Keating, Liddy, Reid/Abramoff, Council for World Freedom, John Singlaub, and the Iran Contra Scandal, Sarah Palin and Trooper-Gate...just to name a few.

Sarah Palin would not know the truth if it bloodied her nose...she couldn't tell the truth if she had to...and if you want to compare intellectual reasoning...take another look at the Presidential and VP debates... Palin has a difficult time stringing together a sentence that makes any sense whatsoever and McCain can barely talk because his jaws are locked so tight in anger...now that's a scary, angry little man. And what's with the "Oval Office" reproduced in his home? REally? A couple of sickos...

Let's just say for the sake of argument that I believe everything the Republican attack machine is telling me. Obama is dealing with shady types like Tony Rezko and Bill Ayers and therefore his associations and judgement needs to be questioned. Now what? Apparently nothing, because Palin has absolutely no plan, policy, or ideas to help middle class families during this time of crisis. She's just there to be the attack hound and win at all cost.

As for McCain, didn't he say just months ago that the politics of personal attack would not be a part of his campaign? Well, so much for that promise. Also, if he's going to use that guilt by association argument as the top idea of his campaign now doesn't he leave himself vulnerable to having to answer to his association to those of the Keating Five?

Those with glass houses John...

Angel, no. Palin did not belong to that party. Her husband did. The left started theh rumor about her being a member and then tried to pass it off as the truth...as you are doing. She has been a member of the Republican party since 1982.

As for Ayers, Dems are bineg disingenuous. If Palin had associations with Timothy McVay, you would see articles in the papers and hit pieces in the MSM every single day, twice a day.

The fact is, Obama is new, like Palin. And he has no real record for us to review to see who he really is. All you knnow about him is constant drone of "failed policies of the last 8 years". He is lying about his associations with Ayers. They may not be friends, but how can any politician who wants to run on the national level even think about associating with someone like Willian Ayers? To me, it shows poor judgement when he is not under the microscope of an election, even worse than saying he would invade Pakistan, a friendly nation with nukes, or saying he would meet with the leaders of Syria, North Korea, Cuba, and Iran without pre-conditions. Obama is not what the left sees him as. They are projecting a persona on him that is not backed up by the facts.

so rsmith, i guess we should judge everyone by who lives in their neighborhood, huh?

I did a little research on what the former members of the Weather Underground are doing now. Ayers is not the only one teaching teachers how and what to teach. It seems they gave up bombs for brainwashing. Ayers was quoted in 1995 as saying "I am a radical, Leftist, small 'c' communist" In 1963 the following was entered into the Congressional Record.Notice # 17.
Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35
January 10, 1963

Current Communist Goals

EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, January 10, 1963

Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the dangers of communism in America.

At Mrs. Nordman's request, I include in the RECORD, under unanimous consent, the following "Current Communist Goals," which she identifies as an excerpt from "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen:

[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]

CURRENT COMMUNIST GOALS

1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.

2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.

3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.

4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.

5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.

6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.

7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.

8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.

9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.

10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.

11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)

12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.

13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.

14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.

15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.

16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.

17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.

18. Gain control of all student newspapers.

19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.

20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policymaking positions.

21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.

22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."

24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.

25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.

26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."

27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."

28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."

29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.

30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."

31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.

32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.

33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.

34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.

36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.

37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.

38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].

39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.

40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.

41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.

42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.

43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.

44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.

45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.


This is scarey stuff folks. We have been under attack for 45 years and we didn't even know it. The election of Barack Obama is the beginning of the end of life as we know it. Do your kids a favor and research this enigma before you cast your vote.

If there is any undecided voter reading this thread I suggest you view "Saving Our Economy" on FOX News.

You'll learn that the fault for our current financial crisis lies mostly with the Democrats. While you can blame the GOP for not doing enough to overcome Democratic opposition, it's clear the Democrats did everything in their power to empower organizations like ACORN.

Every undecided voter owes it to themselves to research ACORN, Fannie Mae, & Freddie Mac to see which party is mostly to blame & which party is more likely to weaken the powers of the ACORN's of America.

Revalations chapter 13 tells us it is 42 months, and that is almost a 4 year President term. According to the Book of REVELATIONS the Anti-Christ is: According to the book of REVELATIONS THE ANTI-CHRIST IS: " the Anti-Christ will be a man, in his 40's, of MUSLIN descent, who will decieve the nations with persuasive language, and have a MASSIVE Christ-like appeal.... the prophecy says people will flock to him and he will promise false hope and world peace, and when he is in POWER, will destroy everything." Anyone you can think of running for office offering a change, that is what will happen and much more. YOU LIBERALS read the BIBLE and don't just say this is just REGILION talk. Because all I can say is THANK GOD I BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON US ALL.

Buzz--just went to the store to pick up some aluminum-- and they were all out!
Oh god, where did all the aluminum go?

Wow, the first comment on here by DEMOCRAT 08 is the definition of a negro-loving stupid white pussy mentality that has gotten this country into significant trouble in the last 15 years. Please, move to Canada, or better yet, Kenya or South Africa where you will be beaten to a pulp for having such silly viewpoints that go against your own country.

After all these months of campaigning and McCain is now resurrecting the issue of Obama's character? Sounds like desperation to me...especially since McCain has so many skeletons in his own closet. What person of character cheats on his invalid first wife and marries his mistress a month after his divorce? What person of character receives six figures from Charles Keating and then has the audacity to speak about another's judgment?

Acquaint yourself with Bill Ayers, and then ask yourself if you'd launch your campaign from his living room.

The Weathermen declared a state of war between themselves and the US in 1970. At war with the US, by their own declaration and admission. Ayers has not repented of his old ways and the 2001 picture of him stomping on the US flag indicates he hasn't changed his mind.

Ayers has said their bombings were political in nature only. Yet one of the first bombs was a pipe bomb filled with staples and lead bullet projectiles. Projectiles in a bomb have only one purpose. Not property damage but to rip through human flesh. This bomb was made to kill people.

And it killed Brian McDonnell when it went off at a SF police station. It left another man blind.

Then three bombs went off at a private home of a judge, and bombs were thrown at a police car and military recruiting stations in NYC. It is not "just" a political statement throwing bombs at a car when people are inside.

But from a man that says, "When a pig gets iced, it's a good thing," we shouldn't be surprised. These are the words of unrepentant Ayers.

Three Weathermen were killed making a nail bomb (again, the nails are there to rip through human flesh) that was to be placed at a dance at Fort Dix.

Then Ayers and his group bombed a NYC police station, the Pentagon, and the US Capitol.


I was a child when these events occurred too, but I'm an adult now and if I associated with Ayers today, or for the last 10 years, knowing these things, I would be responsible for my choice in associates.

And I sure wouldn't attend a fund-raiser in my honor in Ayers' living room.

I would also seriously question what was wrong with myself if someone who declared they wanted to bring down the US wanted me in office.

McCain giggled and snorted so arrogantly when he. Said he was ready to "take the gloves off" with Obama. Now I am giggling because this was all he could come up with--Obama knows a hippie. Big deal!

Anyone that thinks there is any merit to this stupid connection needs to give their head a shake.

But if you do want to support this logic, why the heck did you vote for Bush when there is a stronger connection between him and Bin Laden?

First of all I am not white nor black. I am from Japan and chose to become an American citizen because of my love for this country. I believe if McCain had even a fraction of susption about a relationship with radical groups/individuals like Obama is, Media will be all over him and his campaign would end with faiture in the blink of an eye. But not so with Obama. This really make me wonder if the mainstream media has been already manipulated by his radical association in a much bigger scale than we can fathom. Even if this relationship issue with all sorts of quetionable individuals and organizations can not be proved (which in fact has been now), why do we want to risk our country? It is a national security issue.

I disagree with political slander. I think it is childish and unnecessary. I think it is wrong for Palin to have made these remarks during the Republican's campaign and I do not agree with the retributive polemics Obama is about to make this upcoming week on national television.

On the issue of Ayers: that was 40 years ago. He is now a teacher at UIC. He may have been an extremist, but at least he is political, thinks, and is now an upstanding citizen. If Obama is associated with him now, who cares, he is an educator now! And, he was never convicted of a crime. He is no longer a radical protester of the 60s. Obama was very young when Ayer was with the Weather men underground. 'People change!' is this not the American ethos? Let's move on to more important issues and not get caught up in polemical poop throwing.

I'm not a huge fan of Bill Ayers, but this is because I was in his class at UIC not because of his actions 40 years ago. I've been to his house because he has his classes over every semester. He likes having people over to show of how well he lives or maybe because he feels guilty about it? He's not a radical anymore, for sure, although I do think he may be a bit addled. Bill and his wife like to be seen. Being "associated" with Bill just means you've made a mark in Chicago, nothing more than that.

Neither McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden spoke out against this pathetic "bail out". Both parties could care less about the American people and I hope we can wake up to this fact.

Once again the American media and public are focusing on pointless issues as the Federal government rapes us out of the last diminishing value of the currency. Both Obama and McCain will further destroy our nation through over spending, inflation, entangling our military in foolish conflicts, and supporting the interest of big business instead of the American people.

AFter the Katie Couric interviews there are still people who think Palin is qualified. Have our standards become so low that we are that delusional? Palin could barely form a sentence in that interview. She was elected soley based on being a woman with children. Stating there are not more qualified women is an insult to women. And Republicans claim they don't support affirmative action LOL

Just an FYI I'm not a democrat (liberal) or Republican (neo liberal as there are only a few real conservatives).

People who support Palin as vice president strengthen the argument of the Electoral college and that is the general public is too stupid to have the power of a popular vote determining the presidency.

Joni

Please you are like the many false prophets mentioned in revelations, you better read chapter 13 again, the quotes you refer to are from a HOAX (www.snopes.com) email that has been circling for years so please take you false prophecy and STUDY TO SHOW YOURSELF APPROVED!!!

So...! Ayers is a former Terroist? Is Osama Bin Laden a former terroist? He has been on the "lam" for some years now. Bill Ayers is what he professes to be, a radical leftist and a small "c" communist. His words,not mine! Obama is a programmed "empty suit" developed by the radical Chicago political machine. I would also asked Ms. Sweet to dig a little deeper and tell America who attended the Obama State Senate campaign kick off in Mr. Ayers home. I bet there are some interesting names on that list!

One may have a point in questioning one suspicious association with a terrorist. But, after hearing about his other associations, such as his pastor of more than a decade, who married and baptized his children, and who clearly preaches anti-white sentiments and ideas filled with hate, I really question what Obama's true beliefs are about his country. If he did not share his pastor's sentiment, why did he not, given that he was an intelligent, Harvard graduate,leave that church until his political career was threatned by this association??? From my experience, my family moved to a different church because we did not like what our first church did. Are we to believe that Obama sat there listening to his preacher week after week, month after month, or year after year for over 15 years and just tuned him out?
The expose on his associations is not smear campagin. We need to know who shaped the minds of the people we put in power. America is in a crisis. Obama may do good things, no one has a crystal ball to tell the future. But, in a crisis, you need to have someone at the helm who you know has done it before rather than someone who still has to prove himself. As one Hillary supporter said, if the plane is going down, which pilot would you pick, the one who had done it so many times or the one who's just about to show you that he can do it? Right now, we need a leader we can depend on, not just because of great promises (I can make a lot of swee and inspiring promises, too) but because of what they had proven they had already done.

Cheap innuendo and smears are the last refuge of a campaign in deep, deep trouble. And we all saw how well that worked for Obama's last opponent.

They'll work as well for McCain as they did for Hillary.

It is not so much Ayers as it is Khalidi. Do a search on Obama Khalidi & learn the truth.

Marketwatch.com reported in Aug that Obama had accepted $29K from Hamas members. When Obama stated publicly they had returned that money, the members were interviewed. They said they heard nothing about it & had not received any $ back.

Do you know what a "ninja" loan is? If not read the pages of the Investors Business Daily. There you'll learn about just how much of a socialist Obama is.

Advice to the GOP. Stop talking about Ayers & start talking about ACORN.

A reporter from the Chicago Sun Times today explained vaguely the relationship of Ayers and Obama on TV. it was brushed off, and mentioned that Ayers was once, like long ago, during the Vietnam aera a terrorist who tried to blow up a government facility, the only reason it didn't come to that because the bomb blew up in what I assume was his apartment. and for some reason he was not convicted Probably because of the Vietnam turmoil at the time. Today he would have been found guily, and go to jail for quite some time. The reporter said this was long ago, and today Ayers is a valuable citizen who works for education in Chicago. Hellllllloooooo! That doesn't mean to me that he changed his mind about the government. Never ever believe someone changes their ideology. They may adjust to the change in environent , but they don't change their beliefes. It just so happened that Obama and Ayers pathes crossed at least several times that is known. . It just so happened that Obama made in the same area where professor Ayers or what his title is, hangs out , a speech against ..............the war, .....and the government who started the war. hmmmm......Now this young female reporter made light of all this, didn't mention half of it, I wonder why? Is it because the Chicago Sun Times don't want to upset Ayeres and his leftist league.? Ayeres may walk the straight line now, as far as the law is concerned , life is to good to go to jail, but I assume he and Obama found each other. Obama 's fantasy about his father being a rebel before he became a disalusioned drunkard , sticks deep in Obama's bones, and we are caught in the middle should he become president. The dream of a leftist government in the US finally is near. Having said that, the voter doesn't have a good choice come this election. It's either this moron on the far right or the moron on the far left. Either one, in my opinion, is poison to America. Well , all I can say, we will find out, what this socialist and far leftist will do for the average poor sucker out there, in USA and I don't mean in Kenya. I mean the US sucker , who has become lately a little poorer, thanks to the far right and their greed and hatmongering. Good luck America. That's all I can say.

I am outraged that this is not being covered better by the media outlets, that reporters are not doing a good job of reporting this is a fair light. The fact that this could be called a recist card is simply stupid, we are talking about the safety of our country. This is a huge story and I am hoping that those media outlets not reporting will loose subscribers and viewers.
Ask the questions of Obama and make him answer to all of the people.

Pray for our country,our leaders, the ones trying to become leaders and pray for justice. Pray that those who have been in leadership positons that have abused that postion will be brought down and handled correctly.

Christie

I love Bill Ayers. Me and him are best pals. Suck it America!

Sarah Palin's denial or HER wrong doing in the troopergate scandal is laughable.

I really think that she will rue the day she decide to run with grampy after the election is over and her own state comes after her hide.

Face it. You have to admit at least some indiscretion, when even the ultra liberal Huffington posts this incendiary expose of NObaaama

Look at the wonderful photos of HAMAS and lavish fundraiser dinners!!

Did NObaaama say redistribution of wealth? how do you like the notion we all put our money in the kitty and all draw out the same amount? You have less? They have more? sounds socialist to me.

dosvidanya comrade

How in God's name is calling Sarah Palin (rather flagrantly, I might add) white trash NOT racist? Dear Lord, anytime I hear anyone slander the good name of dear old Barack Obama, they're card carrying member's of the KKK...but we're able to brand her as a redneck whenever we want, and call that the gospel truth! It makes me sick how lop-sided this election has been, even since the dem. primaries. Oh God, deliver America from the folly of the 2 party system!

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