Media Matters: Liddy guest Walid Shoebat falsely claimed that Obama is “definitely a Muslim”

Media Matters (9/11/08)

Liddy guest Walid Shoebat falsely claimed that Obama is “definitely a Muslim”

Summary: On his radio show, G. Gordon Liddy hosted self-described former terrorist Walid Shoebat to advance the false claim that Sen. Barack Obama, whom Shoebat said would be “extremely dangerous” as president, is a Muslim. Liddy also did not challenge Shoebat’s false claim that Hamas supports Obama.


CLassical values: Code language which cannot be decoded

CLassical values (9/10/08)

Code language which cannot be decoded

In a fairly major news story today, I see that “community organizer” is now code language for race.

[New York Governor] Paterson referred to McCain’s running mate Sarah Palin who compared her work experience to Obama’s.”So I suppose a small town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except with real responsibilities,” she said at the convention.

Paterson sees the repeated use of the words “community organizer” as Republican code for “black”.

“I think where there are overtones is when there are uses of language that are designed to inhibit other people’s progress with a subtle reference to their race,” he said.

Except I’m just not getting the reference to race, subtle or otherwise.Unless all references to Obama are references to race, I’m stumped.


Think Progress: FL Christian Coalition head: Obama’s ‘Muslim roots’ are ‘pretty scary to us.’

Think Progress (9/11/08)

FL Christian Coalition head: Obama’s ‘Muslim roots’ are ‘pretty scary to us.’

Dennis Baxley, the executive director of the Christian Coalition of Florida, told the Miami Herald yesterday that he was “suspect” of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) “Muslim roots and training,” calling them “scary”:

He’s pretty scary to us,” he said. “I think his Muslim roots and training — while they try to minimize it — it’s there.” […] ”


ABC News: Context Changes Meaning of Popular Phrases

ABC News (9/11/08)

Context Changes Meaning of Popular Phrases

Obama is not, by far, the first public figure to see his words parsed because of circumstance — city officials have been ousted, school board superintendents have been asked to resign and elections have even been lost over phrases that at one time seemed catchy but in the end backfired.


The Pink Flamingo: How Obama Blans to Steal the Election from McCain-Palin

The Pink Flamingo (9/11/08)

How Obama Plans to Steal the Election from McCain-Palin

Barack Obama began his career as a “community organizer” assisting in the facilitation of certain voter registration campaigns.  He worked directly with ACORN, which has a history of vote fraud. We also need to face the fact that Barack Obama had never really done anything the “kosher” way in his adult life.  He’s always working on an angle.  He basically cheats.

In keeping with character, Barack Obama plans to cheat John McCain out of the Presidency.  We’re all wondering what he’s going to try pulling.  I think I know.  I think the secret is in voter registration and voter fraud.


RaceWire: Time: Younger Generation to Define “American”

RaceWire (9/11/08)

Time: Younger Generation to Define “American”

I don’t have any qualms passing along this great piece from Joe Klein that discusses the “mythic power” that the GOP’s “small-town America” message has for the millions of white Americans who are consciously or unconsciously nostalgic for a racially homogeneous past. Sarah Palin is just the latest iteration of that, he argues.

Klein is also correct to point out the generational divide that exists in “a country that is struggling to be born – a multiracial country whose greatest cultural and economic strength is in its diversity.”


Square State: Fox 31, conservative media figures exploit deaths of three to replay immigration myths

Square State (9/11/08)

Fox 31, conservative media figures exploit deaths of three to replay immigration myths

Several Colorado media outlets and personalities uncritically repeated immigration-related falsehoods in their reporting or commentary regarding a fatal traffic accident allegedly caused by an illegal immigrant who reportedly was arrested 16 times but never deported. Newsradio 850 KOA’s “Gunny” Bob Newman parroted the unsubstantiated assertion that illegal immigrants kill 12 Americans every day, KDVR Fox 31 aired the baseless claim that “25 to 30 percent of the entire inmate population in most jails are aliens subject to deportation,” and columnist Chuck Green in The Pueblo Chieftain and the Aurora Sentinel repeated the myth that Colorado is a “sanctuary state” and Denver is a “sanctuary city.”


Racelicious: The Politics of Selling Out

Racelicious (9/11/08)

The Politics of Selling Out

This all came to a head the night before last where I listened to former Republican Congressman JC Watts defend Barack Obama against the charges of elitism on Roland Martin’s radio show. JC Watts generally towed the Republican party line while in office, so I was kind of shocked to hear him verbalize his disappointments with the party, and directly criticize one of their tactics in praise of Barack Obama. Did he do this out of a sense of fairness? Or out of racial solidarity? Or was he influenced by a mixture of both?

I’ve been toying with a post on how certain actions can be construed as selling out – political party affiliation is high on that list. But can we really conflate party politics with racial politics?


Michigan Messenger: Republicans recant plans to foreclose voters but admit other strategies

Michigan Messenger (9/11/08)

Republicans recant plans to foreclose voters but admit other strategies

The Macomb County Republican Party chair who told Michigan Messenger earlier this week that Republicans planned to challenge voters at the polls using a list of foreclosed homes has changed his story.

James Carabelli now says the party has “no plans to do anything” according to a story in the Macomb Daily.


National Review Online: Islam professor mixes Islamism, academics, and politics

National Review Online (9/11/08)

Islam professor mixes Islamism, academics, and politics

ingrid Mattson, a 45-year-old Canadian-born convert to Islam, caused an uproar in the blogosphere after she was invited by the Democratic party to a gathering of religious leaders in Denver on the eve of the convention. Other notable participants included Bishop Charles E. Blake, (Church of God In Christ) and Rabbi Tzvi Weinreb (Orthodox Union).

The commotion stemmed from the fact that Mattson is the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), an organization with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was labeled last year by the U.S. Justice Department as an un-indicted co-conspirator in U.S. v. Holy Land Foundation, a Hamas terrorism financing case.

Mattson is a professor at the Hartford Seminary, where she teaches Islamic law and Islamic history. Through this position of authority, Mattson has obfuscated the threat of radical Islam, numbing her students and the American public to a dangerous ideology.