What’cha Think Hair Lickers?

Read the whole thing. There’s a dangerous social sickness at work.

Here’s an excerpt: “Worse, Palin’s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric‘s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”

Keep in mind, while McPalin seems to think their collapsing chances hinge entirely on whipping up mobs over Barack Hussein Obama’s scary name, hue, and acquaintances, that this woman is married to a man who was an avowed secessionist – that is, traitor – for more than a decade. Troubling associations, indeed. Wait, he drives a snowmobile, so that doesn’t count.

And some hair licker defend this Palin gem:

“As we send our young men and women overseas in a war zone to fight for democracy and freedoms, including freedom of the press, we’ve really got to have a mutually beneficial relationship here with those fighting the freedom of the press, and then the press, though not taking advantage and exploiting a situation, perhaps they would want to capture and abuse the privilege. We just want truth, we want fairness, we want balance.”

Come on, somebody out there in the shrinking Palin wing defend her take that freedom of the press is a privilege to abuse. Pretty please?

30 thoughts on “What’cha Think Hair Lickers?

  1. Mr. Townsend,

    Forgive me if I do not know your style. I haven’t really asked around to see if this is your normal stature as a journalist. If it is or isn’t, just know that I’m praying for you.

    Let’s start with your name calling. Hair licker? Could you explain that for me? I’ll respond to your actual point after lunch. Thanks,

    Frank

  2. Mr. Townsend,

    Forgive me if I do not know your style. I haven’t really asked around to see if this is your normal stature as a journalist. If it is or isn’t, just know that I’m praying for you.

    Let’s start with your name calling. Hair licker? Could you explain that for me? I’ll respond to your actual point after lunch. Thanks,

    Frank

  3. What are you trying to accomplish with your outrage and name calling? In your relativistic set of morals, so what if Palin’s husband hung out with some crazies in Alaska? Does that make her unfit? Maybe just as much as Ayers does Obama? Except Obama is the actual presidential candidate, did fraternize with the kook, and the kook did want to actually kill innocent people.

    On a blog where “commenting is a privilege”, you criticize a candidate for her interpretation that freedom of speech can be abused? You are very suspicious of others, but not of yourself.

    It looks like my views are not welcome at this blog – or are at least not represented well. I think Chuck Welch’s post on not supporting an establishment that is against your views applies here.

  4. What are you trying to accomplish with your outrage and name calling? In your relativistic set of morals, so what if Palin’s husband hung out with some crazies in Alaska? Does that make her unfit? Maybe just as much as Ayers does Obama? Except Obama is the actual presidential candidate, did fraternize with the kook, and the kook did want to actually kill innocent people.

    On a blog where “commenting is a privilege”, you criticize a candidate for her interpretation that freedom of speech can be abused? You are very suspicious of others, but not of yourself.

    It looks like my views are not welcome at this blog – or are at least not represented well. I think Chuck Welch’s post on not supporting an establishment that is against your views applies here.

  5. Mr. McCaulley,

    I don’t know if you are still around to read this, but I’ll answer for my part.

    Unlike the US government and various states and municipalities, a private citizen has no ability to pass any laws abridging free speech.

    At one time, all Web sites were considered like the owner’s living room. It was thought you’d not say anything in comments you wouldn’t say in their living room. For my part, I’m pretty free as to what you can say if you’ve identified yourself.

    All of the contributors to Lakeland Local received about the same speech when I asked them to join. Say what you want and I’ll comment when I disagree. In order words, pretty much the same speech readers get below.

    That said, it is still a privilege…since I, as a private citizen, can grant no rights.

    As for not reading Lakeland Local…well, it is free. It’s not the same as to stop spending money here. But I applaud your standing up for your beliefs. Just as I do with Billy, Lorrie, Cat, Darby, and Tom.

    Finally, if you think your views are not welcome here, you’re not a long time reader. I have worked to expand the diversity of views on Lakeland Local these past three years.

  6. Mr. McCaulley,

    I don’t know if you are still around to read this, but I’ll answer for my part.

    Unlike the US government and various states and municipalities, a private citizen has no ability to pass any laws abridging free speech.

    At one time, all Web sites were considered like the owner’s living room. It was thought you’d not say anything in comments you wouldn’t say in their living room. For my part, I’m pretty free as to what you can say if you’ve identified yourself.

    All of the contributors to Lakeland Local received about the same speech when I asked them to join. Say what you want and I’ll comment when I disagree. In order words, pretty much the same speech readers get below.

    That said, it is still a privilege…since I, as a private citizen, can grant no rights.

    As for not reading Lakeland Local…well, it is free. It’s not the same as to stop spending money here. But I applaud your standing up for your beliefs. Just as I do with Billy, Lorrie, Cat, Darby, and Tom.

    Finally, if you think your views are not welcome here, you’re not a long time reader. I have worked to expand the diversity of views on Lakeland Local these past three years.

  7. Mr. McCaulley,
    “Hair licker” refers to Palin’s daughter licking her hand to smooth Palin’s son’s hair during her speech at the convention.
    Surprised that you didn’t understand the reference since I’m sure you’re hovering around the TV every time she comes on so you can see her wink at you.
    This woman is the most dangerous pick for VP since Dan Quayle. She is in no way qualified to be VP, let alone president if something happens to McSame.
    Palin could very well become president and she’s married to a secessionist and sent them a speech to one of their gatherings expressing her support for their cause–you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqPmKljh9RQ
    Obama was a child when Ayers was active in the Weathermen. He has publicly denounced Ayers’ actions, which is more than we can say for Palin and the secessionists. Get your facts and figures straight next time.
    And BTW–don’t bother praying for me, I don’t rely on magical beings to make my life better. If we had less praying and more critical thinking we’d ALL be better off.

  8. Mr. McCaulley,
    “Hair licker” refers to Palin’s daughter licking her hand to smooth Palin’s son’s hair during her speech at the convention.
    Surprised that you didn’t understand the reference since I’m sure you’re hovering around the TV every time she comes on so you can see her wink at you.
    This woman is the most dangerous pick for VP since Dan Quayle. She is in no way qualified to be VP, let alone president if something happens to McSame.
    Palin could very well become president and she’s married to a secessionist and sent them a speech to one of their gatherings expressing her support for their cause–you can watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqPmKljh9RQ
    Obama was a child when Ayers was active in the Weathermen. He has publicly denounced Ayers’ actions, which is more than we can say for Palin and the secessionists. Get your facts and figures straight next time.
    And BTW–don’t bother praying for me, I don’t rely on magical beings to make my life better. If we had less praying and more critical thinking we’d ALL be better off.

  9. @Chuck Welch – Mr. Welch,

    I couldn’t help but come back and see what Mr. Townsend had to say. I am hesitant to dignify his commentary, but I’ve got to admit I don’t have another neighbor belittling me anymore for my beliefs and faith – so this is the one I’ll take on. Thank you for your response,

    Frank

  10. @Chuck Welch – Mr. Welch,

    I couldn’t help but come back and see what Mr. Townsend had to say. I am hesitant to dignify his commentary, but I’ve got to admit I don’t have another neighbor belittling me anymore for my beliefs and faith – so this is the one I’ll take on. Thank you for your response,

    Frank

  11. Very briefly, in response to commenter Mr. McCaulley, who wrote this:

    “What are you trying to accomplish with your outrage and name calling? In your relativistic set of morals, so what if Palin’s husband hung out with some crazies in Alaska? Does that make her unfit? Maybe just as much as Ayers does Obama? Except Obama is the actual presidential candidate, did fraternize with the kook, and the kook did want to actually kill innocent people.

    On a blog where “commenting is a privilege”, you criticize a candidate for her interpretation that freedom of speech can be abused? You are very suspicious of others, but not of yourself.”

    1) I criticized Palin for suggesting that it’s government’s role to make sure media doesn’t abuse the “privilege” of a free press. Perhaps I misread her. Is it your suggestion that she did not say that? If she did, can you defend it?

    2) For the record, I think that neither Obama’s acquaintance with Ayers, nor Todd Palin’s embrace of sedition are especially relevant. But it’s not me making Ayers the center of this campaign. It’s John McCain and Sarah Palin. I want a political world of compromise, where we talk about policy and the general good. But that’s not this political world. And I didn’t make it. Karl Rove did. Republicans did. You guys decided that swiftboating and bogus character issues are what matters. So I’m asking you, Mr. McCaulley: Do you really think Barack Obama so dislikes America that he pals around with terrorists, as Mrs. Palin put it? Come on, tell the truth.

    3) Let’s all stipulate for a second that I’m a jerk. I’m sure we can agree on that. I certainly do.

    What is the proper response to a campaign that whips up crowds into saying “Kill Him” and “Treason” and “Terrorist” when the attacking the other candidate’s patriotism? (All of this happened in the last two days.) There’s only one side doing that. And it’s not the Democratic side. I don’t know that what I expressed is “outrage,” though it certainly is disapproval.

    I noticed you had nothing to say about the substance of my post, which was basically direct quotes of news stories, not commentary. How about addressing those quotes and defending them? (Again, agreeing that I’m a jerk.) And how about pointing out specifically where I have belittled your faith? Because I don’t see where I did that.

  12. Very briefly, in response to commenter Mr. McCaulley, who wrote this:

    “What are you trying to accomplish with your outrage and name calling? In your relativistic set of morals, so what if Palin’s husband hung out with some crazies in Alaska? Does that make her unfit? Maybe just as much as Ayers does Obama? Except Obama is the actual presidential candidate, did fraternize with the kook, and the kook did want to actually kill innocent people.

    On a blog where “commenting is a privilege”, you criticize a candidate for her interpretation that freedom of speech can be abused? You are very suspicious of others, but not of yourself.”

    1) I criticized Palin for suggesting that it’s government’s role to make sure media doesn’t abuse the “privilege” of a free press. Perhaps I misread her. Is it your suggestion that she did not say that? If she did, can you defend it?

    2) For the record, I think that neither Obama’s acquaintance with Ayers, nor Todd Palin’s embrace of sedition are especially relevant. But it’s not me making Ayers the center of this campaign. It’s John McCain and Sarah Palin. I want a political world of compromise, where we talk about policy and the general good. But that’s not this political world. And I didn’t make it. Karl Rove did. Republicans did. You guys decided that swiftboating and bogus character issues are what matters. So I’m asking you, Mr. McCaulley: Do you really think Barack Obama so dislikes America that he pals around with terrorists, as Mrs. Palin put it? Come on, tell the truth.

    3) Let’s all stipulate for a second that I’m a jerk. I’m sure we can agree on that. I certainly do.

    What is the proper response to a campaign that whips up crowds into saying “Kill Him” and “Treason” and “Terrorist” when the attacking the other candidate’s patriotism? (All of this happened in the last two days.) There’s only one side doing that. And it’s not the Democratic side. I don’t know that what I expressed is “outrage,” though it certainly is disapproval.

    I noticed you had nothing to say about the substance of my post, which was basically direct quotes of news stories, not commentary. How about addressing those quotes and defending them? (Again, agreeing that I’m a jerk.) And how about pointing out specifically where I have belittled your faith? Because I don’t see where I did that.

  13. @Kitty – Kitty,

    Why must you depict me as less of a person, or a desperate person “hovering”, or praying to a “magical being”? Is this all you have for an opposing view? I might be able to find the textbook from my logic class at Florida Southern, it would be helpful for your arguing, I think. And to be clear, I don’t know who you are, I’m praying for Billy.

    In the video you cite, she wishes well the 3rd largest party in her state. She points out where she does agree with the misguided party, but does not seem to support spinning off Alaska as its own nation-state. Also, the graphic superimposed on the video cites a lie. Check out http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html , she was not a member, unless YOU check YOUR facts and figures solely against hack-job YouTube videos. Like the one where an AIP member says, “she was a member”. So, can I trust a member of a sessionist group or not?

    Obama as an adult has been more than a loose acquaintance with Ayers. Check out http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8630.html

    How about you check your facts and figures too?

    I’m guessing Sarah Palin regrets the way her husband filled out some voter registration cards, and Obama regrets his relationship with Ayers. It does not determine either to be unfit, obviously.

    Frank

  14. @Kitty – Kitty,

    Why must you depict me as less of a person, or a desperate person “hovering”, or praying to a “magical being”? Is this all you have for an opposing view? I might be able to find the textbook from my logic class at Florida Southern, it would be helpful for your arguing, I think. And to be clear, I don’t know who you are, I’m praying for Billy.

    In the video you cite, she wishes well the 3rd largest party in her state. She points out where she does agree with the misguided party, but does not seem to support spinning off Alaska as its own nation-state. Also, the graphic superimposed on the video cites a lie. Check out http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/sliming_palin.html , she was not a member, unless YOU check YOUR facts and figures solely against hack-job YouTube videos. Like the one where an AIP member says, “she was a member”. So, can I trust a member of a sessionist group or not?

    Obama as an adult has been more than a loose acquaintance with Ayers. Check out http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0208/8630.html

    How about you check your facts and figures too?

    I’m guessing Sarah Palin regrets the way her husband filled out some voter registration cards, and Obama regrets his relationship with Ayers. It does not determine either to be unfit, obviously.

    Frank

  15. @Billy Townsend – Thanks for the reply, I’m a jerk too – so that helps me feel more comfortable.

    I’m not sure what Palin was saying about the First Amendment there. I like my free speech too. So, if she meant it is a privilege to be in a country where I have that right, I agree. If not, that might need some more splaining.

    As for the social sickness – it looks more like the crowd had the problem, and I don’t know that Palin pointed and said “Attack”. Seriously, did she?

    Frank

  16. @Billy Townsend – Thanks for the reply, I’m a jerk too – so that helps me feel more comfortable.

    I’m not sure what Palin was saying about the First Amendment there. I like my free speech too. So, if she meant it is a privilege to be in a country where I have that right, I agree. If not, that might need some more splaining.

    As for the social sickness – it looks more like the crowd had the problem, and I don’t know that Palin pointed and said “Attack”. Seriously, did she?

    Frank

  17. “When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind rquires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.” (sic)

    Recognize this as the first paragraph of the Declaraton of Independence? This is the original secessionist rhetoric, by those guilty of sedition, so far as King and Crown were concerned.

    There were a bunch of Confederate States of America, who considered the same document, as well as the Constitution, when they decided the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” During that selfsame War Between the States period, Pres. Lincoln closed some newspapers to silence some opposition, and there were “military prisoners of war” who were never formally charged or tried for YEARS during their imprisonment. (Remember how the ACLU is up in arms about Guantanimo detainees/POWs.)

    In 1982, the mayor of Key West lost a Federal court suit to stop a “blockade” by the government, and seceded – albeit briefly.

    All traitors? Or permitted the free exchange of ideas? Sometimes we simple folks wonder who the persons in government are trying to help – us, or themselves?

    So, I figure everyone has a right to opinions, even radical ones, apparently. I feel helped half to death by government lately. But “change,” just for the sake of change, usually works best in the living room with furniture you won’t trip over tonight in the dark.

    Just my opinion.

  18. “When in the Course of human Events, it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind rquires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.” (sic)

    Recognize this as the first paragraph of the Declaraton of Independence? This is the original secessionist rhetoric, by those guilty of sedition, so far as King and Crown were concerned.

    There were a bunch of Confederate States of America, who considered the same document, as well as the Constitution, when they decided the “Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…” During that selfsame War Between the States period, Pres. Lincoln closed some newspapers to silence some opposition, and there were “military prisoners of war” who were never formally charged or tried for YEARS during their imprisonment. (Remember how the ACLU is up in arms about Guantanimo detainees/POWs.)

    In 1982, the mayor of Key West lost a Federal court suit to stop a “blockade” by the government, and seceded – albeit briefly.

    All traitors? Or permitted the free exchange of ideas? Sometimes we simple folks wonder who the persons in government are trying to help – us, or themselves?

    So, I figure everyone has a right to opinions, even radical ones, apparently. I feel helped half to death by government lately. But “change,” just for the sake of change, usually works best in the living room with furniture you won’t trip over tonight in the dark.

    Just my opinion.

  19. Mr. McCaulley:

    I would encourage to spend some time listening to what Palin/McCain are saying and the types of ads they are running. They were in the crowds where this was happening and did nothing to suggest it’s bad to yell out treason or kill him or (yesterday) “off with his head.” Spend a little time with an open mind, and ask yourself how you would react if Democratc crowds were doing this with Democratic candidates stoking identity-based anger. I personally think McCain and Palin are very deliberately whipping up identity-based feelings because that’s how you create energy when you’re losing. When the energy takes on violent overtones, that’s when people get assassinated.

    Who is running on who the opponent is? Who is running on what his opponent does, or believes? That’s the difference. You seem like a reasonable, open-minded man. Spend the evening online looking at some of the clips and what’s being said and ask yourself if you are comfortable with it.

  20. Mr. McCaulley:

    I would encourage to spend some time listening to what Palin/McCain are saying and the types of ads they are running. They were in the crowds where this was happening and did nothing to suggest it’s bad to yell out treason or kill him or (yesterday) “off with his head.” Spend a little time with an open mind, and ask yourself how you would react if Democratc crowds were doing this with Democratic candidates stoking identity-based anger. I personally think McCain and Palin are very deliberately whipping up identity-based feelings because that’s how you create energy when you’re losing. When the energy takes on violent overtones, that’s when people get assassinated.

    Who is running on who the opponent is? Who is running on what his opponent does, or believes? That’s the difference. You seem like a reasonable, open-minded man. Spend the evening online looking at some of the clips and what’s being said and ask yourself if you are comfortable with it.

  21. Billy,

    I have been watching this comment stream silently for the past week. Based on the last post I do have a few questions.

    1. Are you implying that the McCain/Palin campaign is inciting an assassination?

    This seems a bit extreme but I would say that if that is true, if I remember someone made an actual movie called The Assassignation of President Bush. IMBD it.

    2. Do you feel that maybe the Democratic party and Obama/Biden supporters could be “whipping up identity-based feelings” as well?

    Here are some thoughts on this:
    First, you are calling McCain/Palin supporters “hair lickers”. I can only imply that this means McCain/Palin supporters are mentally disabled children. If that’s true, do you think that may be a bit on par with “identity-based anger”?

    Second, here is a quote from Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn:
    “Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus,” Cohen said during a one-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House yesterday. “Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
    This is a blatant attempt at “identity based anger”, basically trying to convince Christians that they are traitors if they support Palin, a governor.

    Now, I have no idea why all the “crazies” like Bill Ayers, which did the attacks long ago but has NO remorse; Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is really just off his rocker; or Louis Farrakhan, just take a look at this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OowxMcVTjTE, are coming out of the wood work behind the wake of Obama’s life.

    But I would ask you to think about if the Democratic Party and Democratic supporters were concerned and wanted answers if a Republican President had loose connections to “terrorists” or “off the wall” pastors? Of wait, they already tried that with Fahrenheit 911.

    This is not a new tactic in political campaigning, it has been going on for years and both sides are guilty. Whether it is actually happening, I think we can agree that it is wrong. So let’s just be suspicious of ourselves and call a spade a spade. Your thoughts?

    In full disclosure I am close friends with Frank McCaulley. Please note that this post is not an attack on you personally nor are Frank and I ganging up on you. Consider this a good spirited debate.

    Justin

  22. Billy,

    I have been watching this comment stream silently for the past week. Based on the last post I do have a few questions.

    1. Are you implying that the McCain/Palin campaign is inciting an assassination?

    This seems a bit extreme but I would say that if that is true, if I remember someone made an actual movie called The Assassignation of President Bush. IMBD it.

    2. Do you feel that maybe the Democratic party and Obama/Biden supporters could be “whipping up identity-based feelings” as well?

    Here are some thoughts on this:
    First, you are calling McCain/Palin supporters “hair lickers”. I can only imply that this means McCain/Palin supporters are mentally disabled children. If that’s true, do you think that may be a bit on par with “identity-based anger”?

    Second, here is a quote from Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn:
    “Barack Obama was a community organizer like Jesus,” Cohen said during a one-minute speech on the floor of the U.S. House yesterday. “Pontius Pilate was a governor.”
    This is a blatant attempt at “identity based anger”, basically trying to convince Christians that they are traitors if they support Palin, a governor.

    Now, I have no idea why all the “crazies” like Bill Ayers, which did the attacks long ago but has NO remorse; Rev. Jeremiah Wright, who is really just off his rocker; or Louis Farrakhan, just take a look at this video, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OowxMcVTjTE, are coming out of the wood work behind the wake of Obama’s life.

    But I would ask you to think about if the Democratic Party and Democratic supporters were concerned and wanted answers if a Republican President had loose connections to “terrorists” or “off the wall” pastors? Of wait, they already tried that with Fahrenheit 911.

    This is not a new tactic in political campaigning, it has been going on for years and both sides are guilty. Whether it is actually happening, I think we can agree that it is wrong. So let’s just be suspicious of ourselves and call a spade a spade. Your thoughts?

    In full disclosure I am close friends with Frank McCaulley. Please note that this post is not an attack on you personally nor are Frank and I ganging up on you. Consider this a good spirited debate.

    Justin

  23. This is both Frank and Justin: I asked a very simple question in my original post and then again in my subsequent comments.

    What do you think about/are you comfortable with what’s happening at McCain/Palin rallies? Neither of you, though you are very polite, will answer it.

    I will say that while identity politics are always at work in every campaign on both sides, at no point has anyone Democratic candidate ever said anything remotely similar to what Palin last week, that Obama so dislikes America that he pals around with terrorists.

    If people were yelling out Kill him, and traitor, and saying they were afraid because McCain’s an Arab at Obama rallies, Obama would tell them to stop.

    But back to the questions at hand: Do you think Obama pal around with terrorists because he hates America? If not, are you comfortable with the tenor of the rallies? Democrats are bad is not an answer.

  24. This is both Frank and Justin: I asked a very simple question in my original post and then again in my subsequent comments.

    What do you think about/are you comfortable with what’s happening at McCain/Palin rallies? Neither of you, though you are very polite, will answer it.

    I will say that while identity politics are always at work in every campaign on both sides, at no point has anyone Democratic candidate ever said anything remotely similar to what Palin last week, that Obama so dislikes America that he pals around with terrorists.

    If people were yelling out Kill him, and traitor, and saying they were afraid because McCain’s an Arab at Obama rallies, Obama would tell them to stop.

    But back to the questions at hand: Do you think Obama pal around with terrorists because he hates America? If not, are you comfortable with the tenor of the rallies? Democrats are bad is not an answer.

  25. Billy
    To answer your questions directly:

    Obama is friends with a convicted domestic terrorist, in turn; he is “palling around with a terrorist.” It is not a stretch to connect the dots. Why he is doing it, I have no idea. Do Obama and Ayers just have common interests? Do they share the same beliefs? Is Obama just trying to love someone that is unlovable, which is admirable? I don’t know and frankly the onus is on Obama to answer this or speculation will continue. He is campaigning to hold, arguably, the most important job in America that deals with highly sensitive information and issues. I have worked for the federal government and held a security clearance. “Who you know” does matter and is up for review. This is an issue that Obama MUST resolve.

    But with that said, I am not comfortable with the statements being made from public and I don’t think it is appropriate. But in no way can you directly connect their comments to an agenda by the McCain/Palin campaign in their attempt to stir up a mob for assassination. They were certainly trying to stir up emotions (in this case fear) which you admitted that the history of politics is rooted in that on both sides including both sides of this election. Unfortunately, the emotions surrounding Obama’s past and present acquaintances happen to hit a highly sensitive nerve with voters.

    As for your concern of the double standard, if the Unibomber was McCain’s close friend, I would be concerned about that as well and but I can’t say how the people in the crowd yelling would respond.

    Also, for you to also assume that Obama would react differently than McCain in the same situation is ludicrous and short sided. How can you assume that Obama would have more character in that situation when you haven’t seen him in those circumstances? In fact, Obama is equally guilty of attempting to stir up emotions (in this case fear too) attempting to link McCain with government corruption via Charles Keating. Keating just happens not to be a domestic terrorist, so people won’t react with the same emotion.

    The good news for all is that McCain did take these issues head on and snuffed out the inaccurate and derogatory comments. But, I hope that knee jerk reaction to a few offensive comments doesn’t water down the accurate debate on “who is most qualified to be president.”

    Frankly, I am trying to not make decisions out of my own fear or pride, which is the root of all sin. I don’t plan to vote that way, and I pray that you and the rest of the country don’t vote that way either (No matter who you vote for).

  26. Billy
    To answer your questions directly:

    Obama is friends with a convicted domestic terrorist, in turn; he is “palling around with a terrorist.” It is not a stretch to connect the dots. Why he is doing it, I have no idea. Do Obama and Ayers just have common interests? Do they share the same beliefs? Is Obama just trying to love someone that is unlovable, which is admirable? I don’t know and frankly the onus is on Obama to answer this or speculation will continue. He is campaigning to hold, arguably, the most important job in America that deals with highly sensitive information and issues. I have worked for the federal government and held a security clearance. “Who you know” does matter and is up for review. This is an issue that Obama MUST resolve.

    But with that said, I am not comfortable with the statements being made from public and I don’t think it is appropriate. But in no way can you directly connect their comments to an agenda by the McCain/Palin campaign in their attempt to stir up a mob for assassination. They were certainly trying to stir up emotions (in this case fear) which you admitted that the history of politics is rooted in that on both sides including both sides of this election. Unfortunately, the emotions surrounding Obama’s past and present acquaintances happen to hit a highly sensitive nerve with voters.

    As for your concern of the double standard, if the Unibomber was McCain’s close friend, I would be concerned about that as well and but I can’t say how the people in the crowd yelling would respond.

    Also, for you to also assume that Obama would react differently than McCain in the same situation is ludicrous and short sided. How can you assume that Obama would have more character in that situation when you haven’t seen him in those circumstances? In fact, Obama is equally guilty of attempting to stir up emotions (in this case fear too) attempting to link McCain with government corruption via Charles Keating. Keating just happens not to be a domestic terrorist, so people won’t react with the same emotion.

    The good news for all is that McCain did take these issues head on and snuffed out the inaccurate and derogatory comments. But, I hope that knee jerk reaction to a few offensive comments doesn’t water down the accurate debate on “who is most qualified to be president.”

    Frankly, I am trying to not make decisions out of my own fear or pride, which is the root of all sin. I don’t plan to vote that way, and I pray that you and the rest of the country don’t vote that way either (No matter who you vote for).

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