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MICHELLE MALKIN ON

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/30/2008

on Barack Obama’s horse-manure express.  It seems my b*llsh*t meme has gone viral:

A google search of “obama wright bullshit” brings over 298,000 hits.

A google search of “obama wright BS” brings over 146,000 hits.

A google search of “obama wright bull crap” brings over 25,400 hits.

A google search of “obama wright horse manure” brings over 22,700 hits.

A google search of “obama wright bull manure” brings over 12,600 hits.

A google search of “obama wright cow manure” brings over 2,300 hits.

Everyone knows b*llsh*t when they hear it, but can you say exactly what it is and how it differs from an ordinary lie?  Someone who’s given a good stab at doing so is philosopher Harry Frankfurt in his thoughtful essay “Bullshit”, which I recommend to your attention.

UPDATE:  Parsing Obama’s b*llsh*t — an amazing piece of analytical work from Ann Althouse.

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DO YOU BELIEVE HIM?

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/29/2008

Twenty years in the pews.  Tapes of Jeremiah Wright taken with him to Harvard Law.  Inspired by Wright’s remarks about white greed impoverishing the poor and the sins of the American armed forces — after years in which Obama went out of his way to soak amid exactly the same sorts of cant from his self-selected Marxist professors, from his leftist, Black Nationalist and Third World friends and family, and from his Nation of Islam associates.  (You can read about it in Obama’s memoir).  No, I don’t think Obama is coming clean on this. 

The idea that Obama didn’t know Rev. Wright or the nature of his thought after 20 years of attending Wright’s church is ridiculous and ultimately simply unbelievable.  The same themes that make up the substance of what Obama now claims to denounce appear again and again in Wright’s sermons and articles across several decades — including in the taped sermons Obama took with him to Harvard in the 1980s. 

Give me a break.  Obama simply seems incapable of being honest about all this — likely because he knows it would mean the immediate end of his long held ambition to be President.

UPDATE:   Here’s the full transcript of the Obama presser.  More reactions:

Byron York: 

“watching Rev. Wright for the last few days, watching the fluidity with
which he moved from educational theories to musical theories to racial
theories, it’s hard to believe that that material hasn’t been in the
sermons Obama has heard Wright preach over the last 20 years, so I’m
skeptical about Obama’s new outrage over Wright’s words.”

Michelle Malkin:

“Anyone with eyes yesterday saw that Wright’s was a finely-honed, time-tested act .. “

Rick Moran:

“Lost in Obama’s statement was his reiteration of the idea that he had
never heard the Reverend Wright utter such sentiments. Given what the
public has seen of Wright over the last three days, that explanation
beggars belief. In 20 years of listening to “Black Liberation Theology”
— a “social gospel” Obama calls it — the candidate never heard his
pastor go off on America, or whites, or Jews? He sits in a Church with
a pastor who believes Louis Farrakhan is “one of the greatest men of
the 20th and 21st centuries” and never heard that kind of praise
uttered in his presence?”

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THE NY TIMES

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/29/2008

vs. the Washington Post on the Jeremiah Wright story.  No wonder circulation at the Times continues to tank — down more than 9% on Sunday in only the last six months.  Still, I remain amazed that over a million Americans (admittedly mostly  New Yorkers) will fork over money to purchase press releases from the crazy left wing of the Democrat party.

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THOMAS SOWELL

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/29/2008

— to the ignorant all that is old is new again.

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JEREMIAH WRIGHT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/29/2008

at the National Press Club — the transcript.  And video of the Q & A.

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IF YOU DON’T GET IT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/28/2008

that Barack Obama is a corrupt influence peddler, you haven’t been paying attention.  The private checks went into Obama’s bank account, then the government checks started coming out of the State of Illinois treasury and into the bank account of Obama’s sugar daddy.  As simple as that.  It’s the Chicago way, and Obama was a quick study.  And if you’ve read his first book, you recognize that this also the world of corruption and influence which Obama experienced growing up in the third world, and which he came to appreciate again when “going home” to his father’s Kenya.

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PRESENTING REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/28/2008

— security provided by the Nation of Islam.

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Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/28/2008

JOE KLEIN:

I’ve been to dozens and dozens of African-American church services over the years, including the investiture of one of my friends as an AME minister two years ago, and I have very rarely, if ever, heard the kind of rants that are part of Reverend Wright’s canon.

Michelle Malkin live blogged Rev. Wright’s appearance before the National Press Club.

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OBAMA’S MOST IMPORTANT CONNECTION

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/28/2008

isn’t with Maoist bomber Bill Ayers.  It’s with Tom Ayers, the rich and powerful father of Bill Ayers.  And it seems likely that Obama’s close working relationship with Bill Ayers dates back more than 20 years when they worked together attempting to “democratize” the Chicago school system using Annenberg grant money.  If all of this is true, Obama has constructed a truly pathetic lie about his associations with Ayers in an attempt to save his political career.  Will the NY Times et al take part in the lie?  Do we have any reason to believe they won’t?

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LOOKING BEYOND THE B*LLSH*T —

Posted by PrestoPundit on 04/28/2008

Obama and Ayers were far more than mere neighbors.

The new is out there.  Just don’t expect to get it from the NY Times. 

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