Will there be ‘World Tour’ T-shirts?

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The media are ramping up for a weeklong ‘event’ covering Sen. Barack Obama’s tour of the Middle East and Europe. He may have snuck out on Saturday morning, but reporters and camera crews have either caught up with him, or are packing and heading that way. The major network anchors will be hosting the evening news all week from Obama’s current location.

Some media critics are already calling it a circus. Like Howard Kurtz just did on CNN with Lou Dobbs. Which is a continuation of what Kurtz said a couple of days ago on another program.

CNN personalities Jack Cafferty and Howard Kurtz made a sudden confession of the mainstream media’s imbalanced coverage of Barack Obama versus John McCain on Thursday’s “The Situation Room.” First, in his 5 pm Eastern hour “The Cafferty File,” Cafferty labeled the media’s planned coverage of Obama’s first overseas trip since becoming the presumptive nominee an “extravaganza.”

It… click here to read whole article and make comments



After his speech outlining his firm position on the war…

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…Sen. Barack Obama has gone to see it firsthand. 

At least he’s looking at the facts.

Obama advocates ending the U.S. combat role in Iraq by withdrawing troops at the rate of one to two combat brigades a month. He said this past week that the war in Iraq has become a distraction from fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of rogue regimes.

Obama supports increasing the military commitment to Afghanistan, where the Taliban has been resurgent and Usama bin Laden is believed to be hiding.

McCain, in his radio address released Saturday, criticized Obama for announcing his strategy for both countries before departing on his “fact-finding mission” abroad.

For all the talk this week about media celebrities joining him (what happened to the big three network news anchors reportedly tagging along?), he actually snuck out and click here to read whole article and make comments



We heard that the candidates addressed the NAACP

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But heard virtually nothing about the pro-life membership of that organization who called on them to advance awareness of black genocide.

William McGurn covered it in the WSJ.

This was a protest by African-American pro-lifers – many NAACP members – who can’t understand why America’s most venerated civil rights organization turns a blind eye to what they say is the abortion industry’s practice of targeting poor minority neighborhoods.

These folks include the Rev. Clenard Childress, a New Jersey pastor who runs a Web site called – the same language the Rev. Jesse Jackson used before he threw in his lot with the Democratic Party. These folks include Day Gardner of the National Black Pro-Life Union, and Levon Yuille of the National Black Pro-Life Caucus. And these folks include Dr. Alveda King, a niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King who says she knows what abortion does to a woman… click here to read whole article and make comments



Catholics for Obama take the abortion issue seriously, but…

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They say it’s just one of many important issues. And they’re trying to convince more Catholics to join Obama’s campaign because “he best reflects Catholic teachings in his platform.”


Somebody doesn’t know their Catholic teachings.

Known as 10,000 Catholics For Obama, the group was launched early in July following the rise of a “Catholics for Obama United” Facebook group that now has over 800 members. The group does not have 10,000 members, but aspires to organize that many and more. A prominent theme of the group’s Web site has been the idea that Catholic voters should really not pay attention to Mr. Obama’s strong pro-abortion platform.

“In our experience, there is a tendency of some Catholics to turn presidential elections into a single issue referendum on abortion,” the group said on its Web site. “Indeed, abortion is a grave moral issue of monumental importance, but we believe… click here to read whole article and make comments



That New Yorker cover got all the attention

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But a longer story inside is very revealing, and the guys at Powerline have parsed it attentively.

In a long New Yorker article Ryan Lizza documents the rise of Barack Obama in Chicago from community organizer to United States Senator. Lizza’s article coincidentally demonstrates that Obama’s grandiosity is a quality that can be traced through his years in Chicago. The entire article is worth reading.

But requires devoted time to get through and absorb. Scott Johnson offers some excerpts, and they should draw you into the actual article.

Like this:

{Obama secured the endorsement of state senator Alice Palmer to succeed her while she unsuccessfully sought the Democratic endorsement for a congressional seat and then refused to step aside to let her reclaim her position. Palmer filed a petition for a place on the ballot.] Obama was conciliatory about the awkward political situation, telling the Hyde Park… click here to read whole article and make comments



The 3am call to the White House isn’t going to be over the Internet

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So, enough with the jabs of McCain not being computer literate, says blogger Andrew Romano.

For one thing, McCain’s computer illiteracy doesn’t reflect a lack of curiosity–it reflects a lack of necessity. Over the past 10 years, most adult Americans have encountered and explored computers primarily in the workplace, where the ability to communicate and find information on the Internet has gradually become a required skill. But McCain’s job in the U.S. Senate–where all communication and information has to be filtered through staffers–has actually made fluency more difficult to achieve (or at least less necessary). When aides are responding to your messages and briefing you on every imaginable subject, the incentive to get online sort of disappears.

Yes, it’s fun for whole hordes of people to make fun of McCain for the internet thing, but frankly, the above is true.

Furthermore, Romano says…

I spend about 10… click here to read whole article and make comments



Al Gore claimed he discovered the Internet

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John McCain admits he hasn’t yet.

He said, ruefully, that he had not mastered how to use the Internet and relied on his wife and aides like Mark Salter, a senior adviser, and Brooke Buchanan, his press secretary, to get him online to read newspapers (though he prefers reading those the old-fashioned way) and political Web sites and blogs.

“They go on for me,” he said. “I am learning to get online myself, and I will have that down fairly soon, getting on myself. I don’t expect to be a great communicator, I don’t expect to set up my own blog, but I am becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need.”

The Times ought to be happy for the plug here for reading newspapers “the old-fashioned way”, because they are as endangered as other broadsheet old timers for extinction as instant communications technology… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 14 JULY 2008

With friends like these…

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Sen. Obama has had to deal with a number of controversies after people in his camp said or did something offensive to some. And he set up an anti-smear website dedicated to squashing rumors about him and his family.

Now, along comes this New Yorker magazine cover story with a cartoon depiction of Barack and Michelle Obama that’s just over the top.

The illustration, appearing on this week’s issue, is titled “The Politics of Fear” and shows Obama in the Oval Office in sandals, robe and turban giving a “fist bump” to his wife, Michelle, who is outfitted in combat boots and an assault rifle. A painting of Osama bin Laden hangs above the fireplace in which an American flag is burning..

“The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Sen. Obama’s right-wing critics have… click here to read whole article and make comments


SUNDAY, 13 JULY 2008

Just how much is Obama willing to be unknown?

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That’s a good question, and the media are forced to start considering it now that the Democratic candidate for president is ’shifting his emphasis’ considerably on many key issues and leaving his supporters baffled.

David Broder says in WaPo that no one really knows who Obama is just yet, and they’re starting to notice that they don’t.

In their effort to embarrass him, Republicans ask: Who is the real Barack Obama? Is he, as he claims, a fresh face, heralding a new era of post-partisan politics, or a cynical old-style pol making poll-driven adjustments with scant regard for principles? A protectionist or a free-trader? A corporate-basher or an ally of interest-group contributors? Is he a doctrinaire liberal, disguising himself as a late-blooming centrist?

Last week, the Republican National Committee, in a statement cataloguing some half-dozen recent Obama “flip-flops,” threw up its hands without offering answers. The McCain campaign issued its own list… click here to read whole article and make comments



Buck up, campers

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That might have been a better way to encourage the nation through tough economic times than what Sen. Phil Gramm said this week.

When Sen. John McCain’s chief economic adviser told Americans we’re in a “mental recession” and complaining too much, there may have been people who agreed with him. But McCain was not one of them. Yet again, a candidate’s surrogate has sent the campaign into damage control.

The criticism has been coming in from left and right, and McCain was one of the first to denounce the remarks. Michelle Obama’s remarks on the campaign trail about angry and frightened Americans are fair for comment and critique, and so are Gramm’s.

Both campaigns have been getting edgy lately, the Times notes.

Senators Barack Obama and John McCain have pledged to wage respectful, dignified and honest presidential campaigns.

Yet there was Mr. Obama this week,… click here to read whole article and make comments


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