PrezVid: McCain Video: “Where is Obama?”

PrezVid (9/24/08)

McCain Video: “Where is Obama?”

The McCain campaign talks to Latinos in Chicago about Barack Obama. Surprise! The folks they interview say Obama has done nada for their community. Don’t you love identity politics?

The Oregonian: Obama Likeness Found Hanging at George Fox Campus

Oregon Live (9/24/08)

Obama Likeness Found Hanging at George Fox Campus

A likeness of Sen. Barack Obama was found hanging in the George Fox University quad early Tuesday along with graffiti aimed at minority recipients of a scholarship program, the university president told The Oregonian this morning.

A custodian discovered the cutout of Obama about 7 a.m. Tuesday and removed it. The cutout was hung from a tree with fishing line near Minthorn Hall. He said the image of the African-American Democratic nominee for president was accompanied by the words “Act Six reject.”

Act Six is a scholarship program that was established two years ago and is aimed at including more low-income and minority students in the George Fox student body, Baker said. Students are chosen for their leadership potential; all receive full scholarships.

Media Matters: Minneapolis radio host Baker repeatedly called Obama “Nicolae Carpathia,” the Antichrist character in the Left Behind series

Media Matters (9/24/08)

Minneapolis radio host Baker repeatedly called Obama “Nicolae Carpathia,” the Antichrist character in the Left Behind series

Summary: Radio host Chris Baker repeatedly referred to Sen. Barack Obama as “Nicolae Carpathia,” the Antichrist character in the Left Behind book series, including one instance in which he stated: “I’m getting really sick of being told that if I disagree with Barack Obammy, the Nicolae Carpathia candidate, that I’m a racist.”

Weekly Standard blog: Bill Clinton on the ‘Cracker Vote’

Weekly Standard blog (9/24/08)

Bill Clinton on the ‘Cracker Vote’

Via Ben Smith, Bill Clinton tells CNN’s Larry King in an interview about his plans to help Obama win Florida:

“You know, they think that because of who I am and where my politic[al] base has traditionally been, they may want me to go sort of hustle up what Lawton Chiles used to call the ‘cracker vote’ there.”

Is Clinton intentionally trying to stir up racial resentment by saying that “they” (presumably the Obama campaign) want him to “hustle up … the ‘cracker vote'”? According to a search in Nexis, Clinton has never publicly used the phrase “cracker vote” before now. Lawton Chiles did use the word “cracker” in a non-pejorative manner, once during a campaign event with Clinton in 1996 according to a Hearst newspapers story:

“I know this fella from Arkansas,” boasted Florida Gov. Lawton Chiles as he introduced Bill Clinton to a Democratic fund-raising reception in this GOP stronghold. “And I can tell you he knows how to speak cracker.”

There’s been a lot of paranoid speculation in this election that certain people are trying to play the race card. Clinton’s usage is the latest evidence that it’s the Democrats who are the race-obsessed party in this cycle.

Colorado Independent: Anti-Ward Connerly TV spot debuts in Colorado

Colorado Independent (99/24/08)

Anti-Ward Connerly TV spot debuts in Colorado

With less than six weeks until voters are asked to weigh in on the controversial Amendment 46 to end affirmative action in Colorado, a Washington, D.C., group has joined the fray.

The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, a progressive organization that investigates conservative ballot measures, has released a TV ad in Colorado and Nebraska. The spot slams Ward Connerly, the California businessman behind the anti-affirmative action initiatives in both states. Connerly had tried to launch similar projects in three other states this year, but failed to get them onto the ballots.

TalkingPointsMemo: Right Wing Group Running Ad In Michigan Starring Reverend Wright

TalkingPointsMemo (9/24/08)

Right Wing Group Running Ad In Michigan Starring Reverend Wright

The Freedom’s Defense Fund, a right wing group with ties to Obama slime-ographer Jerome Corsi, is up in Michigan with this ad attacking Obama and starring Jeremiah Wright and his “God damn America” rant:

ThinkProgress: Lousiana lawmaker advocates eugenics: Sterilize poor women, encourage rich to procreate.

ThinkProgress (9/24/08)

Lousiana lawmaker advocates eugenics: Sterilize poor women, encourage rich to procreate.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that state Rep. John LaBruzzo (R) said yesterday that “he is studying a plan to pay poor women $1,000 to have their Fallopian tubes tied.” LaBruzzo worries that people receiving food and housing assistance “are reproducing at a faster rate than more affluent, better-educated residents”:

He said he is gathering statistics now. … “What I’m really studying is any and all possibilities that we can reduce the number of people that are going from generational welfare to generational welfare,” he said.

He said his program would be voluntary. It could involve tubal ligation, encouraging other forms of birth control or, to avoid charges of gender discrimination, vasectomies for men. It also could include tax incentives for college-educated, higher-income people to have more children, he said.

UpdateLaBruzzo’s district is the same one that sent white supremacist and former leader of the KKK David Duke to the state legislature in 1989.