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If appears his Oneness wants to tinker in U.S. foreign policy before he is elected.  He sought to interfere with the current negotiations.

At the same time the Bush administration was negotiating a still elusive agreement to keep the U.S. military in Iraq, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama tried to convince Iraqi leaders in private conversations that the president shouldn’t be allowed to enact the deal without congressional approval.

It appears Obama’s behind the scenes interference was at odds with both the Bush administration’s plans and Obama’s publicly stated position of getting the troops out as soon as possible.  Mendacity on this scale belies an arrogance that is mind boggling.

Then there is the question of us being there in the first place.  Obama has claimed on multiple occasions that our presence in Iraq is illegal, that is until it started to suit his purposes …

Though Obama claims the US presence is “illegal,” he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the “weakened Bush administration,” Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.

It appears that winning the election is not enough, Obama wants to sabotage the sitting presidents efforts so he can take credit for the withdrawal later.  The appearance of being self serving is not endearing in someone who has claimed to be a selfless public servant.

There is much biographical data available for presidential candidate Obama, online and in his two autobiographies. Recently the Wall Street Journal reported :

The Columbia years are a hole in the sprawling Obama hagiography. In his two published memoirs, the 47-year-old Democratic nominee barely mentions his experience there. He refuses to answer questions about Columbia and New York — which, in this media age, serves only to raise more of them. Why not release his Columbia transcript? Why has his senior essay gone missing?

Obama attended Columbia from 1981 until his graduation in 1983. Very odd, for a graduate from an Ivy League School to keep this experience such a closely guarded secret. Is the reason for secrecy because it was here that Obama and Bill Ayers formed their relationship ? Ayers was a 1984 graduate of Bank Street College located four blocks from Columbia University. Ayers later attended Columbia himself, completing his post graduate studies in 1987. When Obama describes Ayers as “just another guy in my neighborhood”, is this the neighborhood of which he speaks ?

Two years after graduation, Obama left the New York area to go to Chicago, a place where he had no known ties, but Chicago is Bill Ayer’s home town. Was Bill Ayers Obama’s connection to the Chicago area ?

Once in Chicago, Obama served from June 1985 to May 1988 as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP). During his tenure, DCP’s budget ballooned substantially, receiving funding from the Woods Fund of Chicago, the foundation he would later serve as board member, alongside Bill Ayer’s.

While attending Harvard, In Obama returned to the Chicago area in the summer of 1989 to work at the Sidley Austin law firm. Bernadine Dorhn, another leader of the the Weather Underground and Bill Ayers’ wife, also worked at Sidley Austin from 1984 to 1988. It was at Sidley Austin that Obama met Michelle, his future wife.

The connections between Ayers and Obama seem to be terribly coincidental, for “just another guy in my neighborhood”.

I have guys in my neighborhood as I am sure you do too. Tell me, did you go to school less than the length of four football fields away from the school any one of them attended ? And after graduation, did you also move to any of their home towns ? In addition to this, did you also work at the same place as any of their wives ?

We are being asked to believe that this is all a coincidence. Unbelievable.

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Obama has been struggling mightily to quell investigations into his relationship with Ayers.  Ayers is an unreconstructed terrorist who despises the nation he lives in. Obama’s relationship with Ayers is something that puzzles many.  Why? Why have anything to do with this man?  Most would not sit in a room with this unapologetic murderer, let alone work with him or use his living room as a springboard for a political career.  Ayers should be in prison. Instead, due to a technicality, the country he so loathes and considers unfair let him go in the name of justice.  A justice Ayers does not appear to appreciate.

Stan Kurtz is a Harvard Phd, an adjunct fellow of Hudson Institute and a fellow at the Hoover Institution. Kurtz has written several articles for National Review on the topic of the Ayers-Obama connection, and his troubles in getting information released act about Ayers and Obama’s activities at the Annenberg foundation.

The problem of Barack Obama’s relationship with Bill Ayers will not go away. Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place “makes me want to puke.” Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.

The  relationship goes far beyond ‘he lives in my neighborhood‘.  Ayers actually pushed for Obama to become the foundation chair only months before Obama began his run for office. Obama has made some effort to silence Kurtz, and this is a story .  The following email was sent out from the Obama campaign to its supporters in Chicago regarding Kurtz’s appearence on WGN

In the next few hours, we have a crucial opportunity to fight one of the most cynical and offensive smears ever launched against Barack.Tonight, WGN radio is giving right-wing hatchet man Stanley Kurtz a forum to air his baseless, fear-mongering terrorist smears. He’s currently scheduled to spend a solid two-hour block from 9:00 to 11:00 p.m. pushing lies, distortions, and manipulations about Barack and University of Illinois professor William Ayers.Tell WGN that by providing Kurtz with airtime, they are legitimizing baseless attacks from a smear-merchant and lowering the standards of political discourse.Call into the “Extension 720″ show with Milt Rosenberg at (312) 591-7200(Show airs from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. tonight) Then report back on your call at http://my.barackobama.com/WGNstandards

The station was barraged with callers threatening and shouting for Kurtz to stop.  If it is just words as Obama has said on several occasions, why try to silence the opposition?  Where is the new politics of hope in such thuggery?

Then there is the tactic of filing charges against at the justice department for his investigation of the link between Obama and Ayers.  From the Toledo Blade …

An ad on the relationship produced by the American Issues Project likely would have been ignored by the media if the Obama camp hadn’t rushed out an ad in response and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether the project had violated campaign finance laws.

The  Obama campaign demanded that the Justice Department begin a criminal investigation for the sole purpose of intimation.  The charges Obama asked to be brought against the American Issues Project where absurd and the Justice Department refused to pursue the matter.

If Ayers is ‘just a guy’ in Obama’s neighborhood, then why the strong arm tactics?  Come to think of it, why is Obama using such strong arm tactics over anything? Where is the respect for the first amendment?  This is not the only episode, in Missouri Obama has sent in ‘truth squads‘ (a sick term considering their purpose) to suppress speach by threatening legal trouble for anyone voicing opposition to Obama.  There appears to be authoritarian streak in the man, I find this and his refusal to explain change to be very troubling.

Someone finally looked at the great depression, and figured out that FDR had nothing to do with the recovery, and likely caused the depression to last 7 years longer than it should.

The Dems got it wrong before, and they will get it wrong again if they are in office. Do we really want economic melt down yet again? The socialism of FDR kept the country from recovery until the war got him out of trouble. We don’t need the Dems needing another war to get us out of a slowdown.

Per John Zogby, It isn’t over till it’s over..

Pollster: Don’t believe the Dem hype

The presidential race is still too close to call and could come down to the very last weekend before voters decide if they like or distrust Barack Obama, a national pollster predicts.

“I don’t think Obama has closed the deal yet,” pollster John Zogby told the Herald yesterday.

Zogby’s latest poll, released yesterday in conjunction with C-Span and Reuters, shows Obama and John McCain in a statistical dead heat, with the Illinois Democrat up 48-45 percent.

Zogby said the race mirrors the 1980 election, when voters didn’t embrace Ronald Reagan over then-President Jimmy Carter until just days before the election.

Read Story at Boston Herald

First, I want to say that Islam is nowhere near homogeneous. There are modern Muslims that look at Islam in much the same way that nominal mainstream churches look at Christianity … it is viewed not as all encompassing, and they reject the idea that the Koran is anything more than just the writings of men without any infallible truth. I would posit that is a minority position at this point. There are others on the opposite extreme who would just as soon slit your throat if you were not a Muslim as look at you. There other others in between. If only 5% of Muslims are of the “slit your throat” variety, that means there are millions of people out there willing to slit your throat.

Educate yourself about those that do intend you harm … make sure you understand them. They are here (i.e., this country). Radical Islam is not a “nice neighbor” but an inflitration of those who would undermine our constitution. Radical Islam does not accept any religion as tolerable. In the long run, they will even not tolerate themselves (any faction different in even the smallest way from “their own”).

I highly recommend you look at what is the practice of jihad by these countries. TryThe Third Jihad as a start. Look at what Islam teaches its children. Here, teaching children to hate and desire being a martyr would be called child abuse. While I believe there are Muslims that are just as secular as any mainline church member, I know there are others that would want to lull us into thinking all Muslims are peaceful.

For those that did not catch this post debate interview, it can be seen on the Hannity and Colmes page at FOXNews.

This is a good interview, and I would really like to see McCain speak with this clarity and focus during the final debate.