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Politifact.com says McCain Ayers Obama attack "unfairly tars Obama."

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This McCain spot linking Barack Obama to Bill Ayers goes too far, as the McCain campaign tries to raise questions about Obama's judgment and character. For an analysis to to PolitiFact.com

This attack is false, but it's more than that - it's malicious. It unfairly tars not just Obama, but all the other prominent, well-respected Chicagoans who also volunteered their time to the foundation. They came from all walks of life and all political backgrounds, and there's ample evidence their mission was nothing more than improving ailing public schools in Chicago. Yet in the heat of a political campaign they have been accused of financing radicalism. That's Pants on Fire wrong.


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/790/

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no surprise. just what we need.an ignorant, mean, ethicsless
ticket. both mccain and palin have ethics violations.

YEAH RIGHT - ALL WRONG - PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN.......DO NOT BELIEVE THE VOICE OF A REPUBLICAN - OR REFORMED DEMOCRAT WHO BECAME A REP. OR ANYONE WHO WOULD DARE TO SPEAK TRUTH ABOUT THE ANNOINTED ONE. THIS COUNTRY IS ABOUT TO GET EVERYTHING IT DOES NOT NEED NOR WANT - THEY JUST DO NOT REALIZE IT YET. THE WOLF IS IN THE HEN HOUSE ALREADY - PROTECT YOUR CHICKS - CONSERVATISM WILL HAVE NO VOICE - WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SPEAK TRUTH - WE GET IT! YOU ARE THE SMART ONES - THE DEVIOUS ONES - ALWAYS KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO STAY A COUPLE OF STEPS AHEAD OF LAWS.
THE RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS WE HAVE FOUGHT AND DIED FOR WILL ONLY BE A VAGUE MEMORY AFTER FOUR YEARS OF MARXIST BARRACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. OH! I FORGOT, WE ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO SAY HIS MIDDLE NAME FOR SOME REASON. CONNECT THE DOTS YOU DEMS - THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE - HIS FRIENDS ARE ALL SCOUNDRELS - RIIIIGHT - THAT DOES NOT MATTER TO YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE SO USED TO SCOUNDRELS - WHAT A SAD DAY WHEN BHO MOVES INTO OUR WHITEHOUSE ALONG WITH THE RADICAL "UNHAPPY WITH AMERICA" WIFE.

No weapon forged against you [ Barack Obama] will prevail, and you [ Barack Obama] will refute every tongue that accuses you [ Barack Obama] . This is the heritage of the servants [ Barack Obama] of the LORD, and this is their [ Barack Obama] vindication from me," declares the LORD. - Isaiah 54:17

" I [ God ] will send my terror ahead of you [ Barack Obama] and throw into confusion every nation you [ Barack Obama] encounter. I [ God ] will make all your [ Barack Obama] enemies turn their backs and run." - Exodus 23:27

The Lord will rescue me [ Barack Obama] from every evil attack and will bring me [ Barack Obama] safely to his heavenly kingdom. - 2 Timothy 4:18

11 For he will command his angels concerning you [ Barack Obama] to guard you [ Barack Obama ] in all your ways; 12 they will lift you [ Barack Obama ] up in their hands, so that you [ Barack Obama ] will not strike your [his] foot against a stone. 13 You [ Barack Obama ] will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you [ Barack Obama ] will trample the great lion and the serpent. - Psalm 91:11-13

I have given you [ Barack Obama ] authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you [ Barack Obama ]. - Luke 10:19

It's time for the American people to get it right and NOT vote for McCain-Palin, instead vote for change. It's time for this country to turn the page and seek a new and better future for ourselves and our children.It's time for REAL change in Washington, it's time to elect Barack Obama for president !

Obama-Biden are the wiser and stronger team to solve the crucial challenges we have in this nation and abroad !
Amen.

The information in this comment is copied directly (and includes reference notations, which are not present) from the Wikipedia entry for the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an educational effort to support school reform and to implement innovative educational programs using the Challenge grant resources as well as private sources. For more information on the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and other associated entries, review the links below.

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge

The Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Board of Directors (1995 and 2001)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Annenberg_Challenge#Board_of_Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (below is the copied portion relating to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge's Board of Directors):
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Patricia Albjerg Graham

Barack Obama, civil rights attorney at Davis, Miner, Barnhill & Galland; lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School; member of the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation and the Woods Fund of Chicago; winner, Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 award, 1993; former president of the Harvard Law Review (1990–1991); former executive director of the Developing Communities Project (June 1985–May 1988)[25][40][41][42]

Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the University of Illinois (1979–1995); member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago (1983–1995); former professor of education (1965–1971) and senior vice president (1971–1979) of Pennsylvania State University

Arnold R. Weber, president of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago (1995–1999); member of the board of directors of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial and the Tribune Company; former president of Northwestern University (1985–1994) and the University of Colorado (1980–1985); professor of labor economics and friend and colleague of George P. Shultz at MIT, the University of Chicago, and in the Nixon administration[43]

Ray Romero, vice president and general counsel of Ameritech; Chicago School Finance Authority board member (appointed in 1992 by Governor Jim Edgar); candidate in the 1996 Democratic primary for the 5th Congressional District of Illinois; winner, Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40 award, 1991; former Illinois Commerce Commission commissioner (appointed in 1985 by Governor Jim Thompson); former civil rights attorney as Midwest regional director of MALDEF where he was lead counsel for Hispanic plaintiffs in the 1985 Chicago ward remap[42][44]

Wanda White, executive director of the Community Workshop on Economic Development; former policy director of the Women's Self-Employment Project; former deputy commissioner of economic development under Chicago Mayors Washington, Sawyer and Daley
Elected to the board by the founding board soon after the creation of the first board were:

Susan Crown, president of the Arie and Ida Crown Memorial; vice president of Henry Crown & Company; daughter of Lester Crown[45]

Handy Lindsey, Jr., executive director (1988–1997) then president (1997–2003) of the Field Foundation of Illinois; former associate director of the Chicago Community Trust (1986–1988)

The final Board of Directors of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge in 2001 were:[46]

Patricia Albjerg Graham

Barack Obama

Edward Bottum, managing director of Chase Franklin Corp.; former president and vice chairman of Continental Illinois Bank[47]

Connie Evans, founder and president of the Women's Self-Employment Project

Susan Blankenbaker Noyes, former labor attorney at Sidley & Austin; daughter of Republican former Indiana state senator Virginia Murphy Blankenbaker; goddaughter of Patricia Albjerg Graham[48]

Scott C. Smith, president, CEO and publisher of the Chicago Tribune; former president, CEO and publisher of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale; former chairman of the South Florida Annenberg Challenge

Nancy Searle, consultant to the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust

Victoria Chou, dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

John W. McCarter, Jr., president and CEO of the Field Museum

Jim Reynolds, Jr., co-founder, chairman and CEO of Loop Capital Services

The Board of Directors met monthly for the first six months and quarterly thereafter.

Barack Obama, elected by the Board of Directors as founding chairman and president of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (1995–1999), resigned as chairman and president in September 1999 to run as a candidate in the 2000 Democratic primary for the 1st Congressional District of Illinois, and was succeeded by Edward Bottum (1999–2001).

Patricia Albjerg Graham, elected by the Board of Directors as founding vice chairman and vice president (1995–2000), resigned as vice chairman and vice president in 2000 when she retired as president of the Spencer Foundation and moved back to Cambridge, Massachusetts, was succeeded by John W. McCarter, Jr. (2000–2001).

Ray Romero was initially elected as secretary-treasurer by the Board of Directors, but declined because of other commitments; Wanda White was then elected by the Board of Directors as founding secretary-treasurer (1995–1998), was succeeded by Edward Bottum (1998–1999), and then Victoria Chou (1999–2001).
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The Chicago Annenberg Challenge was never a radical education foundation, and the McCain advertisement implies that the Challenge had a political agenda or ideology and its success or failure reflected on solely on Obama and Ayers, even though the Challenge was a project of the the Chicago school reform, academic, and philanthropic communities.

The McCain advertisement relies heavily on opinion or subjective views for its claims, too.

The McCain campaign has stooped to unimaginable lows with their ads and rally stump speeches. Inciting hatred and raciest slurs serves to fully discredit McCain, Palin, Cindy and the campaign staff of Rovian minions. Collectively, they have created a low water mark for modern day political discourse. McCain has no one but himself to blame for the pathetic campaign he is maintaining.

Could someone, please tell me why with the wall to wall coverage on video and in print about the Ayer's thing, the MSM has not done an in depth investigation into Sarah and Todd Palin's very solid relationship (Todd's 7 year membership also) with the Alaska Independence Party? We know nothing about this candidate. In the interest of fairness, (considering the amount of time spent on Ayers) shouldn't this issue be opened up to the public?? Don't we have a right to know about this?

Can anyone explain why the media is ignoring this?

What about Daley's role in the foreclosure and eviction crisis?
Daley pushed a high end residential market with a real estate boom that was a bubble that finally busted.
The Building Department took passes and allowed structurally unsound building with politically connected developers.
Property taxes have increased, and don't let Daley tell you about the small increases because the assessments even if not done by the City are still going into the City's pockets--and the CPS, Park District etc are separate taxing bodies which Daley controls.
Higher property taxes and the higher cost of living also caused the mortgage crisis because people cannot pay their mortgages not just that their mortgages are bad.

You also have to look into Daley's connections to mortgage companies and banks. Remember that Bill Daley was on the board of the Almagamated Bank when they had the Chicago Public School accounts and Daley did not get interest on the little kiddies money (and at a time that the CPS was not financially sound).
Bill Daley and his appointee Danny Solis were on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and Bill Daley was a lobbyist regardless of what he says.
Bill Daley is also an investment banker, and was a lobbyist since Mayer Brown (as a low level student from John Marshall) using Rostenkowski as his clout
Bill Daley was going to work for Goldman Sachs (never did but after the AIG bailout Goldman Sachs is going to be the #1 investement bank) but he did work for Bear Stearns (as did Patrick Daley before the U of C degree and no qualifications) and now is at JP Morgan (Daley's role was also a lobbyist for SBC Ameritech)
Yet Bill Daley gets no criticism for being part of the banks and investment banks that are now going under despite their political deals.
Look into the parking lot deals with Bill Daley's son and the Sun Times (despite mostly shoddy work) did do good work on the Downtown Parking lot as well as the pension work with Vanecko.

The politically connected mortgage companies donated to alderman and alderman turned a blind eye to beyond the market development that was unleashed in their wards as long as they were making money.
As one smart political pundit said: There aren't enough rich white people to live in all the town homes and condos in the 25th, 12th, 27th, 2nd, and 3rd wards in the ring around the city after Daley pushed out the African American residents in projects. The Olympic housing idea is also not very well financed or thought out especially in a depressed real estate market and a mortgage crisis.

Chicago is one of the highest in foreclosures and evictions--and not just because of national trends--compare to other counties--but because there are tooo many high end residential town homes and condos that no one can afford and working class neighborhoods had their prices and property taxes increase beyond the ability to pay.

Total hogwash - I looked at the schools they funded and they liked 'radical.' External partners such as ACORN (also funded by Soros) were among those receiving grants --also Small Schools an Ayers organization.

Ailing public schools??? You liberals are TOO MUCH.

Folks you'll have to look at the Woods Fund and the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to see who they funded and how the grants related to board members.
Lot of political incest going on there.

Yes, I agree, with this article. The Republican party has gone to far. I cannot believe after this week that Americans actually have signs with McCain/Palin in there yards. What has happened is so wrong. No way could Palin ever be a Hillary Clinton. Who in there right mind would actually vote for the Republican candiates. I agree with Lewis the actions were racial. McCain cannot handle Palin how could he handle the issues in America. Palin is a disgrace to all American Women. I am a white lady that was supporting Hillary, no way no how would McCain/Palin get my vote. Lies are wrong regardless. The Republicans know they are instigating issues that are wrong. Go Obama/Biden..

Lynn, today on CNN, Obama had donated $800,000 to the ACORN organization. of 1.5 millions applicants sent, almost half were fraudulent.

In particular, Indiana, (Crown Point) found so many fraudulent voter registrations that clearly showed the same hand-writing, the CNN crew went knocking on the one of many headquarters centered in Gary, IN (gasp! known to be the most corrupt cities among E.C. and Hammond, although Hammond has cleaned up considerably). There was no answer at the door.

The CNN News reported they visited other headquarters in other states, including the National Headquarters, and after knocking, no answer.

Now I know why people are undecided. There's just too many crooks in Crook County, and I have lost my confidence in Obama and how he reached the level of being a senator from Illinois by whispering in Emil Jones' ear..."you have the ability to make me a senator."

Then we have the mud-slings with him being associated with Ayers, Rev. Wright, and lastly, Emil Jones, who rules the roost with the crooked governor from Illinois.

I've done some research googling Obama, and if you did the same, his background is shady.

I am so upset that the voters who registered through ACORN are mostly over half fruadulent, the fact that Obama "donated" all that money. Where's the honesty there?

I will have to look up again some facts I found googling Obama, and forward them to you. I think it would make an interesting article. If not, maybe you will email me back and explain the difference between fact and fiction.

In all fairness, we were dealt two lousy candidates to choose from and Hillary was far more experience, and hands-on to lead our country - democrat or not.

Obama got selected, not elected. What worries me most that the CNN network dwelled on the fraud committed to signing up "Jimmy Dean" in Crown Point, IN, when there was no person named that at that establishment...yet when I checked all the news, nothing reported what they reported on the news this a.m., ie, FRAUDULENT REGISTRATIONS nation-wide by ACORN.

To me, that is fraud, a federal felony. Names taken out of the phone books, and the head dismissing the whole thing by stating "we fired some of those workers." Which makes me undecided now...I think I better vote for someone my father's age...who knows best. And he's been a Democrat all his life. (My father, who had to shoot a Jap to use his fox-hole, and stayed behind in Japan long after the war...when he could have gone home...during WWII.)

How can Obama say the same?

FlyOverCountry stop shouting at us...more McCain/Palin tactics. Notice that the Obama/ Biden tkt is always civil and exhibits behavior befitting what presidential representatives should be. The GOP is inciting hatred with its talk and shouting much like yours!

FlyOverCountry stop shouting at us...more McCain/Palin tactics. Notice that the Obama/ Biden tkt is always civil and exhibits behavior befitting what presidential representatives should be. The GOP is inciting hatred with its talk and shouting much like yours!

I am a 65 disabled white female..Life long republican..Until now. Obama/Biden ticket has my vote and anyone else I can talk some sense into. I am so ashamed of McCain, it's to the point that all I see is evil everytime I see his face. Why are the dems not showing his lack of judgement with some of his associations? There are alot more than 3 or 4. I'm talking about vicious radicals...We have seen Limbaugh and Hannity in the primary asking Reps. to vote for Hillary to cause an effective vote for Obama to be jarred. These two scumbags tried to make a difference..I had a dad who died in WW11 and a brother in Vietnam.They as thousands of others died to guard these freedoms we have such as voting,I feel their actions are now and have been unpatriotic to say the least.It is my great hope that come Nov. 5th they will have so much egg on their faces while we gave our country a great chance to change our Nation they will be so embarrased to spue their usual BS while their followers listen and watch to see who the latest victims are. What do you think there discussions will be about? Remember the days that were counted since Obama had been to Iraq? I have an idea for a new time table...see how many days that Hannity goes without mentioning Ayers name,or Rev. Wright...Hannity and Rush both are obsessed about Ayers..When you are 8, what could you know about Ayers. Then 20 or 30 years later you are put on a board trying to make a difference in a community, it should be thought of as a great thing..Should Obama to have had a questionaire asking each board member to tell him who they had been associated with? That seems a little crazy to say the least..Since my blood pressure is going up by min. I guess I will close with a word. Here's to Hannity and Rush the two EGO idiots of all times. Opps I forgot McCain..If John knows how to fix everything "my friends" why have you not done so? Another thing, if you always put country first, why put Palin on the ticket..Anymore these 4 republicans are lower than dirt...If Obama is elected, how much will Cindy's taxes be affected???

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