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April 15, 2008

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Brian,
Sorry, no comment on your blog. Who understands American politics and religion? Especially not us foreigners. But....... "Buddhism teaches that life is suffering. So does country music."
Now that's one of the more interesting statements you've made of late. I can see a new look and sound in Nashville. Ochre robes, shaved head, Texas boots, stetson hat. - the eightfold path couldn't sound better with slide guitar and them thar southern harmonies......
Take it to Nashville, Brian - America could use a new direction.

life is suffering, country music, and slide guitar?

well I'd rather "take it" Texas style, from my guy in Austin...

http://www.binghammusic.com


A Living Lie: Senator Barack Hussein Obama
by Thomas Sowell
April 14, 2008

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5160

An e-mail from a reader said that, while Hillary Clinton tells lies, Barack Obama is himself a lie. That is becoming painfully apparent with each new revelation of how drastically his carefully crafted image this election year contrasts with what he has actually been saying and doing for many years.

Senator Obama's election year image is that of a man who can bring the country together, overcoming differences of party or race, as well as solving our international problems by talking with Iran and other countries with which we are at odds, and performing other miscellaneous miracles as needed.

There is, of course, not a speck of evidence that Obama has ever transcended party differences in the United States Senate. Voting records analyzed by the National Journal show him to be the farthest left of anyone in the Senate. Nor has he sponsored any significant bipartisan legislation -- nor any other significant legislation, for that matter.

Senator Obama is all talk -- glib talk, exciting talk, confident talk, but still just talk.

Some of his recent talk in San Francisco has stirred up controversy because it revealed yet another blatant contradiction between Barack Obama's public image and his reality.

Speaking privately to supporters in heavily left-liberal San Francisco, Obama let down his hair and described working class people in Pennsylvania as so "bitter" that they "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them."

Like so much that Obama has said and done over the years, this is standard stuff on the far left, where guns and religion are regarded as signs of psychological dysfunction -- and where opinions different from those of the left are ascribed to emotions ("bitter" in this case), rather than to arguments that need to be answered.

Like so many others on the left, Obama rejects "stereotypes" when they are stereotypes he doesn't like but blithely throws around his own stereotypes about "a typical white person" or "bitter" gun-toting, religious and racist working class people.

In politics, the clearer a statement is, the more certain it is to be followed by a "clarification," when people react adversely to what was plainly said.

Obama and his supporters were still busy "clarifying" Jeremiah Wright's very plain statements when it suddenly became necessary to "clarify" Senator Obama's own statements in San Francisco.

People who have been cheering whistle-blowers for years have suddenly denounced the person who blew the whistle on what Obama said in private that is so contradictory to what he has been saying in public.

However inconsistent Obama's words, his behavior has been remarkably consistent over the years. He has sought out and joined with the radical, anti-Western left, whether Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers of the terrorist Weatherman underground or pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli Rashid Khalidi.

Obama is also part of a long tradition on the left of being for the working class in the abstract, or as people potentially useful for the purposes of the left, but having disdain or contempt for them as human beings.

Karl Marx said, "The working class is revolutionary or it is nothing." In other words, they mattered only in so far as they were willing to carry out the Marxist agenda.

Fabian socialist George Bernard Shaw included the working class among the "detestable" people who "have no right to live." He added: "I should despair if I did not know that they will all die presently, and that there is no need on earth why they should be replaced by people like themselves."

Similar statements on the left go back as far as Rousseau in the 18th century and come forward into our own times.

It is understandable that young people are so strongly attracted to Obama. Youth is another name for inexperience -- and experience is what is most needed when dealing with skillful and charismatic demagogues.

Those of us old enough to have seen the type again and again over the years can no longer find them exciting. Instead, they are as tedious as they are dangerous.

Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of Basic Economics: A Citizen's Guide to the Economy.


http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5160


Thanks tAo for putting up that article on Obama. Right on. This is just the beginning of revealing who Obama really is. It will be perfectly clear to everyone by election time.

The Obama Man Can, a little humor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rgt6YQiZTkc

Obama is spot on. But he sure as hell raises the hackles on the rednecks, some of whom think they are spirituallly inclined but their comments show their colors.....
Be a miracle to get a black fellah as President of the USA. I can feel those trigger fingers, itching, twitching, dreaming of white hoods and burning crosses.

Religion and politics, why can't candidates and office holders grasp the concept of separation of church and state. I don't care about their religion or who they are/have or plan on sleeping with. Just pay your speech writers and dazzle me with the typical B.S. I will vote straight line anyway.
Country music, momma gets run over by a damned ole train, or I won't dance.
Geez Juan, the KKK is only a real problem in Vidor,Tx and even they keep to themselves now. Talk of a racial uprising is incendiary. I'm offended... I get an itchy trigger finger, but only toward noisy neighbors, race irrelevant.

Tuscon wrote: "Thanks tAo for putting up that article on Obama. Right on. This is just the beginning of revealing who Obama really is."

Oh, pleeeeeeeeeeease!

I suppose "who Obama really is" is some power-hungry, sinister guy out to deceive all Americans.

What childish, cartoon-world, rubbish!

Inga,

On Obama:

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?ID=5160

Tuscon,

yes, I saw that before I posted last time....nothing new there.
And besides, I don't put stock in "Capitalist Magazine". Pardon the pun.

(may W.F.Buck R.I.P.)

Inga,

I put that link up by mistake. Now I can't find the one I intended to put up. No matter. You'll hear it sooner or later and it won't make any difference to you. There are progressive and conservative mindsets and not much can sway them. This isn't a political forum anyway.

Here's an artice that tells you all you need to know about why Obama is a bad choice:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080428/ap_on_el_pr/presidential_race_ap_poll_2


So let's cut all the goofy Obama bullshit and really ask yourselves, which would you rather have as the next President of the United States... a very savvy, intelligent, and highly experienced woman, or an aging warmonger? Because it sure ain't gonna be a racist elitist like Obama.


And to support tAo's remark about Obama's elitism:

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2008/04/obamas_condescension.html


Tuscon wrote:
"You'll hear it sooner or later and it won't make any difference to you. There are progressive and conservative mindsets and not much can sway them."

- seems like YOUR mindset about ME can't be swayed either....WOW!!!!! ....and you don't even know me!

Rather "condescending", don't ya think?

Inga,

OK, what did you think about the article?

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