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When America was attacked without provocation on Sept. 11, 2001, Barack Obama's longtime pastor said we had it coming -- that America's chickens were coming home to roost.

With that pastor, and having associated with a homegrown terrorist, Obama may find that he, himself, has a chicken coop that's starting to fill up.

For the better part of a presidential campaign now stretching well over a year, the Illinois senator has been an enigma -- a pleasant, inspiring presence that was difficult to see through. A voice for change, but never quite explaining what kind of change.

And for all these months, the bulk of the national news media have been content to report mostly on what you already could see and hear -- not venturing very far backstage into the candidate's past.

Then it came out that Obama's pastor was an anti-white, anti-American flamethrower.

At first, Obama claimed he never heard his pastor Jeremiah Wright's verbal assaults against the United States and against whites. Then he acknowledged hearing some, but insisted he wouldn't disown the pastor. Still later, he claimed he would have left the church -- after 20 years -- if Wright weren't already retiring.

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama has been quoted as saying America is "just downright mean," and that she'd never before been proud of her country until her husband's campaign. Despite a college education at Princeton and Harvard Law School, she once wrote of her distaste for "further integration and/or assimilation into a white cultural and social structure that will only allow me to remain on the periphery of society; never becoming a full participant."

She disparages the very country that has helped lift her up -- up to the point of possibly becoming first lady.

Now, a direct association between the Obamas and an unabashed, unapologetic terrorist named William Ayers has come out.

The mainstream media were loath to admit it at first. They've known about it for months. But the association was brought out into the open by ABC News' Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulus at the Democratic debate Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Some see a pattern here.

"Why is Barack Obama so comfortable around people who so despise America and its allies?" writes former terrorism prosecutor Andrew McCarthy. "Maybe it's because they're so comfortable around him."

Obama's explanations for the company he keeps are somewhat lacking, too. When reminded that his church honored the virulent Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan -- who has said that blacks are the original people and that whites are "blue-eyed devils" who have yet to evolve into humans -- here's what Obama had to say:

"An award was given to Farrakhan for his work on behalf of ex-offenders, completely unrelated to his controversial statements."

This, from a candidate who earlier in the campaign ("Just words? Just words?") stressed the critical importance of words. Hmm.

Moreover, besides honoring the despicable Farrakhan, Obama's church also has been influenced by the doctrine of "black liberation theology" inspired by New York professor James Hal Cone, who once wrote:

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community.... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal."

These things are hardly trivial. They reflect the vividly racist, often radical America-hating views and actions of those who have influenced and surrounded Barack Obama over the years.

He needs to explain, as McCarthy says, why he is "so comfortable around people who so despise America and its allies."

Otherwise, his claims of wanting racial unity and loving his country risk being seen as just words, just words.

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grouse
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grouse 04/20/08 - 04:36 am
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Oh, give it a rest,
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Oh, give it a rest, Chronicle.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 05:07 am
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United States "attacked

United States "attacked without provocation" on 9/11/01? Hardly! There is a long history of United States' military intervention & control over parts of the Middle East going back to at least the 1930s particularly where access to cheap oil is concerned. United States' involvement in Saudi Arabia with the "Arab-American" Saudi Aramco oil company & U.S. support for the corrupt Saudi Royal family is what infuriates Osama bin Laden. Then there is United States' unqualified support for Israel. Ariel Sharon was the general who led the 1982 Israeli invasion & occupation of southern Lebanon which lasted 20 years. United States supplies Israel with arms. When bin Laden saw tall buildings burning in Beirut after they were strafed/bombed by Israelis flying U.S.-made jets in the 1982 invasion, he says that is when he got the idea to attack tall buildings in United States. OBL worked directly or indirectly with United States' CIA during the 1980s to expel Soviet invaders from Afghanistan. OBL's beef is continuing U.S. support for the corrupt Saudi royal family, continuing occupation of Arab & Muslim lands & continuing U.S. domination of the Middle East in quest of still relatively cheap oil. Pastor Wright is right. United States' chickens came home to roost on 9/11/01.

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patriciathomas 04/20/08 - 06:16 am
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BO's many short comings will

BO's many short comings will continue to be presented up to the Nov. 4 election, if he's the Democratic nominee. His supporters are voting for his marxist ideology or his skin color. Any other traits are meaningless and therefore invisible. Not pointing out who this relatively unknown politician is and what his stands on issues are would be a disservice to the rest of the Americans. Many will cry racist and call for you to ignore his credentials (for the most part). For some, knowledge is a bad thing.

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 06:31 am
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No one has spoken out more

No one has spoken out more honestly about religion & about race than Barack Obama. The rightwing noise machine is busy turning American sheeple against the likely Democrat Presidential nominee Barack Obama just as they did against John Kerry, Al Gore, Michael Dukakis, Walter Mondale & Jimmy Carter. Editorial cartoonists have to be careful that their metaphors aren't too intelligence or the average American dummy won't get it. Does anyone expect the great masses of American voters to discuss nuances of policy when they don't know much about their own history & diddle about geography & foreign affairs? They let Rush Limbaugh & legions of talk show host like him do their thinking for them. Republic War Party talking points boil down to the slogan "We're fighting them OVER THERE so we won't have to fight them OVER HERE." The rightwing noise machine wants Americans to "understand" a few things: Democrats want to take guns away from Americans; John Kerry & Al Gore are socialists; Barack Obama is a Marxist who was in cahoots with the radical Weather Underground & Barack Obama was a Muslim before he was a member of a black radical church. Never mind that Barack Obama is an Establishment politician with deep pockets on Wall Street just like Hillary Clinton and John McCain who owe the same allegiance to corporate America. Barack Obama is NOT a radical or a revolutionary. Look how the terms liberal & progressive have been smeared by Republican disinformation campaigns.

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christian134 04/20/08 - 07:15 am
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Why should the Chronicle

Why should the Chronicle "give it a rest" grouse?....How many bricks falling on your head and others before you can wake up and see the truth concerning this man and his true intent? If one didn't know I would suspect the people who are buying into this dangerous racist of having mass lobotomies....The rest of the media needs to keep digging into Obama's background, oh my goodness, the stories they would find...It would keep the reporters busy for years to come....

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I4PUTT 04/20/08 - 07:18 am
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Ok, the idiot baited me. If

Ok, the idiot baited me. If our long history of intervention & control in the mid east is about oil, why is gas $3.40 per gallon?? Why aren't we just filling up tankers and sending them to the US? When we first went into Iraq, we said the costs of the war could be partially offset by Iraq's oil. Have we done this? Furthermore, there doesn't seem to be any "cheap" oil to be found. Is the Saudi government corrupt? Absolutely! Does that make Osama Bin Laden right? No way. If we stopped dealing with countries that are corrupt, we would certainly be a nation of isolation. There are about 200 countries in the world today. All of them have varying forms of corruption. In many cases both today and in history, the victor of the war took control of the land and all that was in it. The US has never done that. We are certainly not perfect as a nation, but I still am not aware of a better one.

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I4PUTT 04/20/08 - 07:21 am
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But what has any of this got

But what has any of this got to do with the article above??????

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Bizarro 04/20/08 - 07:34 am
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People who hate America will

People who hate America will vote for Obama, which apparently has grown to a significant population. He will help this country collapse so I can see why they would vote for him-to help America fail and collapse.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 07:37 am
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I4PUTT: Read the first

I4PUTT: Read the first sentence of The Augusta Chronicle editorial above: "When America was attacked without provocation on Sept. 11, 2001, Barack Obama's longtime pastor said we had it coming -- that America's chickens were coming home to roost." I explained why America was not "attacked without provocation on Sept. 11, 2001" and why what Pastor Wright said was correct. As far as why gasoline prices are high: I have to explain this to IDIOTS LIKE YOU over and over and over. It isn't about YOU getting cheap gas. Bush's base is the super rich and giant corporations. This is about their profits. Exxon had RECORD PROFITS last quarter. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Don't you recall that Bush & Cheney are OILMEN? Your lack of historical recall & your lack of critical thinking on this issue is a perfect example of what I wrote above: American DUMMIES are manipulated by the rightwing noise machine. I'd go as far as to say that anybody who watches TV for their news is a manipulated idiot. Thanks for making my point, I4PUTT!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 07:43 am
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Unless United States changes

Unless United States changes direction first on the war in Iraq and second on its domestic priorities - our financial system will collapse. Can't blame that on Barack Obama. He hasn't been in power in The White House for the past 7+ years. The national debt has doubled under Bush. The dollar hit another record low against the euro last week and oil topped $115 a barrel. Citicorp wrote off another $5 billion in losses last week and laid off 9,000 workers. The credit crunch is far from over. NONE of this occured on Barack Obama's watch. The salient question, Bizarro, then becomes "Why does the Bush/Cheney crime & slime regime and the Republic War Party hate America so much?" You're another one of those American DUMMIES I'm talking about, Bizarro. My, you are aptly named! And you chose that name for yourself!

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Republicant 04/20/08 - 07:54 am
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I, as most of you, agree that

I, as most of you, agree that the attacks on september 11th were monstrous, and we mourned together that day and still for the victims and families of those lost in the rubble. To think that the United States had clean hands before these attacks, to say you didn't see this type of thing coming, is naive at best. When we lay down with dogs, you get the fleas. We laid down with the Saudi's, and attracted Bin Laden.
Our actions in Iraq, deciding unilaterally that it was in the defense of national security, with no valid intel that they were in fact harboring WMD's, terrorists, or responsible for 9-11 as claimed. If you are proud of your elected officials for this activity, then you are definately not a "Good American".

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DeborahElliott2 04/20/08 - 08:10 am
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I am STILL not going to vote

I am STILL not going to vote for him. I don't care what others say, he is UNFIT!

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 08:33 am
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George W. Bush is the most

George W. Bush is the most unqualified person ever to hold the office of POTUS. Look at the corrupt & incompetent management of every department in the Executive branch of government. John McCain's notorious temper makes him unfit to hold Presidential office IMO. 5 years in an North Vietnam prison made McCain an American hero. It also made his crazy. Barack Obama is temperamentally suited to hold the highest office in the land. Barack Obama is as experienced as John F. Kennedy was when he was elected President in 1960.

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SoonerorLater 04/20/08 - 08:38 am
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What makes him qualified

What makes him qualified Cain? Give us real reasons. Give us reasons that would tilt someones opinion in his favor given all the negatives that have come out in recent months. Please detail his experience and what has he done that makes him "experienced".

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getalife 04/20/08 - 08:44 am
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With Obama's limited

With Obama's limited credentials, if he was white he would just be another average presidential hopeful that dropped out of the race a long time back. He is a true politician that is saying exactly what people want to hear, empty promises. His association with his pastor, William Ayers and others, should be enough to not vote for him. All of the starry eyed Oprah's audience are voting for him because Oprah has endorsed him. The radical Muslin nations said they would rejoice in the streets if he is elected. While Clinton and McCain are not the best or most ideal candidates, they are a better choice. Check out www.obamaunveiled.com.

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The_Last_Word 04/20/08 - 08:53 am
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Cain has NEVER been more

Cain has NEVER been more right on: "Democrats want to take guns away from Americans; John Kerry & Al Gore are socialists; Barack Obama is a Marxist who was in cahoots with the radical Weather Underground & Barack Obama was a Muslim before he was a member of a black radical church." Thank you Cain for the most lucid post of your life! (Although you could have thrown Hillary in there with the socialists).

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 09:03 am
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From my perspective Barack

From my perspective Barack Obama is qualified because he opposed the war in Iraq from its inception. Contrast that with John McCain's intemperate statement "I don't care if we are in Iraq for another 100 years." I think later McCain said "10,000 years". This is clearly similar to George McGovern's famous "I'm behind Thomas Eagleton 1000%". Obama is qualified because of his community service after law school, his professorship from 1992 until he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, his service in Chicago & Illinois & his grasp of the issues. John McCain is not qualified because of his involvement with the S&L crisis of the 1980s, his fraudulent campaign finances, his flip flopping on issues including abortion, campaign finance reform, torture, preemptive war, ear marks, deficit reduction, immigration, NAFTA, pandering to the religious right including with Christian Zionist John Hagee, his bogus economic polices including his gas tax moratorium which could cost tens of thousands of American jobs. YOU KNOW John McCain isn't the ideal candidate. He's just the best the Republic War & Deficit Party of Millionaires & Middle Class Mental Midgets can muster. Barack Obama solves problems

JohnCarllStrauss
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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:04 am
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Leave it to JRHC to take the

Leave it to JRHC to take the side of the enemy. I have heard people here defend him, but it is clear that JohnRandolphHardisonCain is an enemy of the United States. I know that sounds harsh, but how else can you explain someone who sympathizes with every single other enemy of the U. S.? Dissagreeing with your government is normal, and can even be patriotic, but siding with the enemy is not. Cain is an evil, horrible person.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 09:06 am
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The Last Word: You forgot

The Last Word: You forgot "Barack Obama doesn't just associate with known terrorists & support terrorist causes. Barack Obama IS a terrorist."

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:06 am
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Cain, how can you say that

Cain, how can you say that the attack on 9/11 WAS provoked, yet you say that our attack on Iraq was NOT? Taking into account that Iraq fired at our planes every single day in the no fly zone........I guess you don't consider our military getting shot at as being an attack, since you hate all things military.

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:08 am
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Republic war party again?

Republic war party again? Can't you post without using spin words? Why not post fiasco in all caps again?

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:11 am
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Cain, do you ever intend to

Cain, do you ever intend to back up the lie you told about our military? You know....the one where you said they intentionally kill innocent civilians? Or maybe you just intend to keep posting libel about the military you were too chicken to serve in.

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 04/20/08 - 09:12 am
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JohnCarlStrauss, Read what

JohnCarlStrauss, Read what Republicant wrote at 7:54 AM, FOOL!

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 04/20/08 - 09:13 am
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Cain's first statement says

Cain's first statement says it all, "qualified because he opposed the war in Iraq since its inception". Of course Cain only makes statements that back up HIS personal agenda of being an anti war peace activist. The other qualifications of community service (criminals do that as part of their sentence), his professorship (most in the education field are left leaning liberals), and then only 2 years of Senate activity (since he has been on the campaign trail most of that time). He has befriended home grown terrorists, been influenced by a racist reverand (and stated that he was not influenced by him in 20 years), supports a needle exchange program, belittles small town Americans, and disrespects the nation by not placing his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. Cain has given NO reason why Obama is qualified, only that Obama supports Cain's idealogy of the Iraq war. Sorry Cain, but your reasons were lame and uncompelling. I was hoping you would give me something to change my mind, but you did not even come close.

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:14 am
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I read the post "arrogant

I read the post "arrogant [filtered word]" but you still posted "United States "attacked without provocation" on 9/11/01? Hardly!" You also lied about the US military with no back up. You lied about the US attacking without being attacked. Keep trying though...your idiotic rantings can be entertaining. It's just with such a history of lying, it's doubtful anyone will believe you.

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 04/20/08 - 09:19 am
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Oh yes, one other thing Obama

Oh yes, one other thing Obama and Cain have in common, they resort to name calling when they are backed into a corner or when someone disagrees with their opinion, presses them for an answer, and does not get one but gets belittled, called all kinds of names, and questions the intelligence of those who oppose their view.

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:19 am
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You mean like being called

You mean like being called fool......in all caps? Just watch....he won't answer his lies. He will divert the topic, or tell more lies to back them up. Or maybe his old standby of stating his opinions as if they were facts....like "the war is illegal."

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JohnCarllStrauss 04/20/08 - 09:24 am
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I did think it was funny when

I did think it was funny when I tried to access Cain's "Augusta Alternative" site from the public library, the site was blocked as being "offensive or obscene."

SoonerorLater
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SoonerorLater 04/20/08 - 09:28 am
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Cain has a website? I would

Cain has a website? I would love to visit the site and see what else he has to say (unless it is alternative lifestyles, then count me out!!!). Cain, tell us what your web site is, and why the library blocks it as offensive or obscene (does the Librarian know you by chance?)

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