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Limbaugh Less Popular than Wright, Ayers

A Democratic Poll found Rush Limbaugh less popular than Jeremiah Wright or Bill Ayers.

Congressional Republicans have turned to Rush Limbaugh to lead the battle against Obama. One problem: A poll says he’s less popular than Jeremiah Wright.

Republicans who have turned to Rush Limbaugh to lead the fight against President Obama may have backed the wrong horse. According to one recent poll, Limbaugh turns out to be one of the most unpopular political figures in the country.

An October 24, 2008, poll conducted by the Democratic research firm Greenberg-Quinlan-Rosner has Rush Limbaugh enjoying a public-approval rating of just 21 percent among likely voters, while 58 percent have “cold” feelings toward the right-wing radio-talk-show host. Limbaugh’s cold rating was higher than that of all the political figures the firm polled. It was seven points higher than Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright and eight points higher than former Weather Underground domestic terrorist William Ayers. (As the firm points out in an email, it’s true that Wright and Ayers both had lower “warm” ratings than Limbaugh–as you’d expect for men who have virtually no constituencies.)

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This is newspaper wrapping on one level, but it does indicate that today the public is more concerned with action than bloviation from whatever quarter, including this one. But the poll does suggest that Limbaugh’s limited popularity is amplified mainly by the attention given to him by both the media and those who do not like him. My conclusion is ignore him. And the media that puff him up.

The real action today is President Obama’s trip to Indiana and Florida where the hurt is strong and the people are impatient. We’ll check for videos and transcripts.

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Barack Obama Splits With Reverend Wright

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The video below records a definitive split between Barack Obama and Reverend Wright based on Obama’s outrage over remarks made by Wright yesterday in Washington, DC.

Specifically he denounced imputations that the US has knowingly transmitted AIDS and the equation of US wars to terrorism.

Beneath all this is an obvious outrage at the timing of this incursion by Wright and its preemption of the news cycle.

This comes with many forces ranged against a knockout blow in the Obama-Clinton campaign.

These include:

The handiwork of Rush Limbaugh in encouraging Indiana Republicans to vote for Clinton in the open Indiana primary next Tuesday.

A relentless effort by media to seek to make a contest which is mathematically impossible look like a horse race. The motives for this are numerous and the result is a sad diminution of the status of the MSM.

Added to this, the continued ignoring of glaring items which belong front and center. A single example is push polling in North Carolina by Geoff Garin’s company.

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The Obama Campaign remains intrepid and I continue to feel we will win this contest with relative ease. Superdelegates continue to move in our direction. And the prospect of giving the nomination to a person who has literally embraced the tactics of a George Bush is unthinkable now or even in the event that she is able to close the gap some.

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Rev. Wright Detroit NAACP Speech

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Jeremiah Wright is a pastor who is cultivated, humorous, highly intelligent and willing to react to his “crucifixion” by the MSM (Main Stream Media) in a fair and balanced way, if I may coin a phrase. Sadly his Detroit NAACP speech will be spun beyond recognition by those whose world runs on FOX-derived sound snippets. Those who have grown beyond this false and nefarious perception will see Wright’s serious presentation of an evolution of tolerance in the four videos below. Those who have not remain in need of forgiveness and instruction.

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Jeremiah Wright’s Detroit NAACP Speech — Part One


Jeremiah Wright’s Detroit NAACP Speech — Part Two


Jeremiah Wright’s Detroit NAACP Speech — Part Three


Jeremiah Wright’s Detroit NAACP Speech — Part Four


And from Sandra on the Obama Blog

Lincoln’s Version of “When The Chickens Came Home To Roost”

The Almighty has His own purposes. ‘Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.’ If we shall suppose that American slavery is one of those offenses which, in the providence of God, must needs come, but which, having continued through His appointed time, He now wills to remove, and that He gives to both North and South this terrible war as the woe due to those by whom the offense came, shall we discern therein any departure from those divine attributes which the believers in a living God always ascribe to Him? Fondly do we hope, fervently do we pray, that this mighty scourge of war may speedily pass away. Yet, if God wills that it continue until all the wealth piled by the bondsman’s two hundred and fifty years of unrequited toil shall be sunk, and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said three thousand years ago, so still it must be said ‘the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

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About the speech Lincoln said, “… I believe it is not immediately popular. Men are not flattered by being shown that there has been a difference of purpose between the Almighty and them.”

Take heart Rev.Wright. You are in good company!


More Jeremiah Wright Videos

Video: Context of FOX “God Damn” Soundbite

The “Chickens Roost” Sermon Uncut

FOX Virus Video

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Video: Pastor Wright on Who Writes History

Good Friday Sermon Excerpt — Memorable

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How Jeremiah Wright Helps Obama Campaign

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There is an old saw in media circles: All publicity is valuable. Including bad publicity. The sum of Jeremiah Wright’s statements are an amalgam of largely unfamiliar, but cogent, Black Liberation Theology and the implicit result of Black Liberation Theology: The implications of the prophetic Biblical message for the world. This is where things necessarily get political. Just as politics infuses the pages of the Bible.

And when all is said and done, Barack Obama’s campaign will be helped by this unprecedented dynamic.

Yes, when all is said and done, the hypocrisy of a nation sending its young to war while both President and Vice President have casually avoided any military service, will register with ordinary voters.

And when all is said and done, Barack having an opportunity to “explain” whenever he likes is an open invitation to preempt the media, even the hostile media. Barack on FOX. Who wins in this scenario? Barack, with ordinary voters.

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And when all is said and done, the more ordinary voters in the US who finally realize, as they will by November, that Wright was taken completely out of context by FOX and their sermon snippets, the better. The media stand to be the major losers in this season of their denouement as superficial, lazy and, in the case of FOX, hyper-propagandistic.

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Everything the Clinton campaign appears to be doing now has to do with tinkering with the rules of this campaign. Not a headline grabber.

Wright on TV pushes everything else off. It is the MEDIA projecting its own guilt at having been led by the nose by FOX that is making every Wright speech a matter for wall to wall coverage.

What this is creating is massive TIREDNESS, not massive HATRED for Obama.

Wright is out there defending himself and doing his thing. The media can follow him or not. It is funny. One almost believes that God is smiling in the shadows.

The Republicans are smart enough to play what will work for them. The Wright stuff will soon prove worthless for purposes of attacking Obama. So will tarring Obama as a leftist.

What will the Republicans do, after all the Wright stuff, when Susan Eisenhower and Julie Nixon look into the cameras and with a few stares humbles all Republican efforts to suppress everything that John McCain actually stands for?

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I still favor Obama fireside chats and I am joined today by the sage David Gergen who is proposing exactly the same thing. I have no doubt that Obama will respond and that the story will become, Hey, look Obama is IGNORING this, MOVING BEYOND IT, er, um. Duh.

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Wright helps Barack because he says things that are true that Obama cannot say. This allows Obama the chance to define himself better with the American people. There has been NOTHING like this dynamic in our politics. It is a means to a more perfect union, a more tolerant society, a more mature nation.

It is also a basis for saying, Lighten up. No one is perfect. Something Jeremiah and Barack would ascribe to.

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LETTER FROM REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

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The following is a letter, only published now, that Jeremiah Wright sent to the New York Times after the Times published an article explaining why Barack disinvited Wright from his Presidential bid announcement over a year ago. It belongs in company with pages that seek to offer a balanced picture of the man I believe to have been criminally maligned by FOX and most all of the rest of the media.

LETTER FROM REV. JEREMIAH WRIGHT TO THE NEW YORK TIMES

THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE TO WHICH THIS EMAIL REFERS

March 11, 2007

Jodi Kantor
The New York Times
9 West 43rd Street
New York,
New York 10036-3959

Dear Jodi:

Thank you for engaging in one of the biggest misrepresentations of the truth I have ever seen in sixty-five years. You sat and shared with me for two hours. You told me you were doing a “Spiritual Biography” of Senator Barack Obama. For two hours, I shared with you how I thought he was the most principled individual in public service that I have ever met.

For two hours, I talked with you about how idealistic he was. For two hours I shared with you what a genuine human being he was. I told you how incredible he was as a man who was an African American in public service, and as a man who refused to announce his candidacy for President until Carol Moseley Braun indicated one way or the other whether or not she was going to run.

I told you what a dreamer he was. I told you how idealistic he was. We talked about how refreshing it would be for someone who knew about Islam to be in the Oval Office. Your own question to me was, Didn’t I think it would be incredible to have somebody in the Oval Office who not only knew about Muslims, but had living and breathing Muslims in his own family? I told you how important it would be to have a man who not only knew the difference between Shiites and Sunnis prior to 9/11/01 in the Oval Office, but also how important it would be to have a man who knew what Sufism was; a man who understood that there were different branches of Judaism; a man who knew the difference between Hasidic Jews, Orthodox Jews, Conservative Jews and Reformed Jews; and a man who was a devout Christian, but who did not prejudge others because they believed something other than what he believed.

I talked about how rare it was to meet a man whose Christianity was not just “in word only.” I talked about Barack being a person who lived his faith and did not argue his faith. I talked about Barack as a person who did not draw doctrinal lines in the sand nor consign other people to hell if they did not believe what he believed.

Out of a two-hour conversation with you about Barack’s spiritual journey and my protesting to you that I had not shaped him nor formed him, that I had not mentored him or made him the man he was, even though I would love to take that credit, you did not print any of that. When I told you, using one of your own Jewish stories from the Hebrew Bible as to how God asked Moses, “What is that in your hand?,” that Barack was like that when I met him. Barack had it “in his hand.” Barack had in his grasp a uniqueness in terms of his spiritual development that one is hard put to find in the 21st century, and you did not print that.

As I was just starting to say a moment ago, Jodi, out of two hours of conversation I spent approximately five to seven minutes on Barack’s taking advice from one of his trusted campaign people and deeming it unwise to make me the media spotlight on the day of his announcing his candidacy for the Presidency and what do you print? You and your editor proceeded to present to the general public a snippet, a printed “sound byte” and a titillating and tantalizing article about his disinviting me to the Invocation on the day of his announcing his candidacy.

I have never been exposed to that kind of duplicitous behavior before, and I want to write you publicly to let you know that I do not approve of it and will not be party to any further smearing of the name, the reputation, the integrity or the character of perhaps this nation’s first (and maybe even only) honest candidate offering himself for public service as the person to occupy the Oval Office.

Your editor is a sensationalist. For you to even mention that makes me doubt your credibility, and I am looking forward to see how you are going to butcher what else I had to say concerning Senator Obama’s “Spiritual Biography.” Our Conference Minister, the Reverend Jane Fisler Hoffman, a white woman who belongs to a Black church that Hannity of “Hannity and Colmes” is trying to trash, set the record straight for you in terms of who I am and in terms of who we are as the church to which Barack has belonged for over twenty years.

The president of our denomination, the Reverend John Thomas, has offered to try to help you clarify in your confused head what Trinity Church is even though you spent the entire weekend with us setting me up to interview me for what turned out to be a smear of the Senator; and yet The New York Times continues to roll on making the truth what it wants to be the truth. I do not remember reading in your article that Barack had apologized for listening to that bad information and bad advice. Did I miss it? Or did your editor cut it out? Either way, you do not have to worry about hearing anything else from me for you to edit or “spin” because you are more interested in journalism than in truth.

Forgive me for having a momentary lapse. I forgot that The New York Times was leading the bandwagon in trumpeting why it is we should have gone into an illegal war. The New York Times became George Bush and the Republican Party’s national “blog.” The New York Times played a role in the outing of Valerie Plame. I do not know why I thought The New York Times had actually repented and was going to exhibit a different kind of behavior.

Maybe it was my faith in the Jewish Holy Day of Roshashana. Maybe it was my being caught up in the euphoria of the Season of Lent; but whatever it is or was, I was sadly mistaken. There is no repentance on the part of The New York Times. There is no integrity when it comes to The Times. You should do well with that paper, Jodi. You looked me straight in my face and told me a lie!

Sincerely and respectfully yours,

Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Senior Pastor
Trinity United Church of Christ

Video: Context of FOX “God Damn” Soundbite

The “Chickens Roost” Sermon Uncut

FOX Virus Video

More Typical Wright Sermon Excerpts:

Video: Pastor Wright on Who Writes History

Good Friday Sermon Excerpt — Memorable

Someone’s Favorite Barack Video

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Jeremiah Wright on Who Writes History

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Jeremiah Wright on Who Writes History is part of a continuing campaign to seek to undo the criminal hatred engendered by FOX News by its knowing editing of sound bites from Jeremiah Wright’s sermons with the sole purpose of presenting him as a hateful human being. A grave injustice as been done and I invite all visitors to register their opinion by voting in the poll above. While more than one choice can be made no person can have more than one vote.

The selection below is from a sermon in which Reverend Wright discusses women in Scripture from the viewpoint of how history gets written. I hope people who have been drenched in the FOX soundbites will be impressed by the calm demeanor and the subtle humor displayed here. If is hard for me to watch this without wishing I had Sean Hannity involuntarily sitting and listening. I would make him listen until the force of Reverend Wright’s humane words induced a measure of penitence and repentance.

Who Writes History? The Reverend Jeremiah Wright

Video: Context of FOX “God Damn” Soundbite

The “Chickens Roost” Sermon Uncut

FOX Virus Video

Good Friday Sermon Excerpt — Memorable

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FOX Criminality Exposed — The God Damn Sound Bite

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Yesterday I posted the Jeremiah Wright “chickens” sermon as a glaring example of the propaganda techniques of FOX. Today, here, I offer the “god damn” sermon so you will get the context of the “god damn” statement and see that it is not the superficial cursing implied by FOX’s continued and criminal cutting. Rather it is a prophetic denunciation whose roots are Biblical and whose scope is all of the imperial and dominating and oppressive nations.

Incredibly, I thought, Well, maybe the chickens sermon criminal soundbite work of FOX was an anomaly. I thought, FOX (Sean Hannity and Company) could not have found two soundbites from the many hours of DVDs of Pastor Wright and done a second hatchet job in their editing.

But, lo and behold FOX has compounded its hate crime, the proof is in the video below.

Before I get to that, however, let me make two points.

The first is that I believe YouTube should take down all of the explicitly edited-to-promote-racism Wright Videos that are filling up page after page of the site. These merely serve to perpetuate FOX’s crime. It is not censorship to remove evidence of a hate crime and a hate crime is what I am increasingly convinced FOX is guilty of.

My second point is that the rest of the media are fully culpable to the extent they do not follow the example of this blog in printing or broadcasting “the rest of the story”.

Last night I watched Bay Buchanan flat-out tarring Rev. Wright on MSNBC. characterizing ALL of his sermons as “hateful”. No one stepped up and said: You have been bamboozled by FOX News.

CNN and MSNBC have followed FOX like compliant sheep. What Bay Buchanan heard is not the sermons of Wright but the soundbites of FOX, turned into an extended and shameful hate crime.

If you feel as I do, please do not leave this blog without also going to the page where I have listed contact information for FOX sponsors.

Here is the video. It is strong stuff. But so was the preaching of Amos, Jeremiah, Hosea and Jesus.

Jeremiah Wright’s “God Damn” Sermon Unedited

The “Chickens Roost” Sermon Uncut

FOX Virus Video

More Typical Wright Sermon Excerpts:

Video: Pastor Wright on Who Writes History

Good Friday Sermon Excerpt — Memorable

MSM ALERTS

Actual Pennsylvania Primary Results

Actual Context of Barack’s “Bitter” Remarks

Documenting Hannity’s Debate Instructions to Stephanopoulos

Mayor Daley on Bill Ayers


Bill Ayers Corrects A Key Misperception


Should We Pity Bill Clinton?

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