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October 24, 2008, 5:32 pm
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Website says Obama attended anti-white Wright sermon; campaign says no

In a posting this evening, Newsmax.com reports that its correspondent witnessed Sen. Barack Obama attending one of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s anti-white sermons on July 22 and nodding his head in agreement with the black congregation.

The report on the conservative website directly contradicts the Democratic presidential candidate’s recent statements that while he denounced the pastor’s controversial anti-American and anti-white rhetoric, he had never heard such declarations himself in church or in private.

Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign, immediately denied the Newsmax report, saying Obama was in Miami that day.  He referred to an item hastily posted on the Obama Fact Check website saying simply: “Fact: Obama did not attend services on July 22.”

The lengthy Newsmax report by Ronald Kessler said its correspondent, Jim Davis, attended services on July 22, 2007, at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s South Side and saw Obama in attendance.  Kessler’s story states:

“In his sermon that day, Wright tore into America, referring to the ‘United States of White America’ and lacing his sermon with expletives as Obama listened.  Hearing Wright’s attacks on his own country, Obama had the opportunity to walk out, but Davis said the senator sat in his pew and nodded in agreement.”

(UPDATE: On Monday the Newsmax site issued a statement with the Kessler story that it stands by the account, despite campaign denials that Obama was in church that day. It points out that he could have attended some services and still traveled to Miami that day and that its correspondent attended several July services and saw the senator and his Secret Service detail witness the service as described in the article. It says Obama spokesmen declined several opportunities to comment before publication of its initial report on the sermon.)

The Sunday night Kessler story links to Davis’ original account of the …

July 22 service, which was posted on the Newsmax website on Aug. 9, 2007, and headlined: “Obama’s Church: Cauldron of Division.” In it, Davis describes being initially blocked from entering the church, how few whites (except for Obama’s Secret Service detail) were among the 2,500 people in attendance and how skilled an orator the Rev. Wright was.

He describes the now-familiar anti-white rhetoric, the excitement of the congregation, Obama’s two decades of close ties to Wright and how another congregation member and a prominent Obama supporter, Oprah Winfrey, had joined the church in 1984 but withdrew her membership some years ago allegedly over Wright’s preachings.

It’s an extremely touchy issue for the Illinois senator’s campaign.  The minister coached and counseled Obama during his early community organizing days, and one of his sermon titles led to the title of Obama’s best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope.”  Wright married Barack and Michelle Obama and baptized both of their daughters.

In a Sunday conference call, Obama campaign manager David Axelrod admitted that the campaign recognized Wright as a potential problem more than a year ago and had disinvited the pastor from giving the invocation at the announcement of Obama’s presidential candidacy on Feb. 10, 2007, in Springfield, Ill.

On Friday, as the issue and videos of Wright’s statements flamed across the Internet and his campaign realized the scope of the controversy, Obama posted a statement on HuffingtonPost.com denouncing Wright’s “inflammatory and appalling remarks.”

The senator added: “I vehemently disagree and strongly condemn the statements that have been the subject of this controversy. I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies. I also believe that words that degrade individuals have no place in our public dialogue, whether it’s on the campaign stump or in the pulpit. In sum, I reject outright the statements by Rev. Wright that are at issue.”

Later in his statement Obama added: “The sermons I heard him preach always related to our obligation to love God and one another, to work on behalf of the poor, and to seek justice at every turn.

“The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation. When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign.”

Kessler’s story tonight, headlined “Obama Attended Hate America Sermon,” also said: “If Obama’s claims are true that he was completely unaware that Wright’s trademark preaching style at the Trinity United Church of Christ has targeted ‘white’ America and Israel, he would have been one of the few people in Chicago to be so uninformed. Wright’s reputation for spewing hate is well known.”

Newsmax.com, which also publishes the magazine Newsmax, was founded in 1998 by Christopher Ruddy, a former journalist who describes the Florida operation as “the leading independent online news site with a conservative perspective.”  Its early investors reportedly included the family of the late CIA Director William Casey and Richard Mellon Scaife, a well-known conservative publisher in Pittsburgh.

— Andrew Malcolm

October 24, 2008, 5:28 pm
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HOUSTON — A man is dead after an altercation with a gentlemen’s club security guard northwest Houston.

The shooting happened just after 1 a.m. on Antoine near Hempstead Road at the Casanova Men’s Club.

Witnesses said it started when the security guard refused to let in two men who appeared to have been drinking. When the son tried to fight him, the guard sprayed them with pepper spray.

The father came over to the guard and started to threaten him, witnesses said. Then the father left, but returned with a gun.

The witness said the security guard pulled out his gun and ordered the man to drop his, and when he didn’t, the guard fired two shots. Witnesses said he was forced to shoot to protect himself.

The victim died at the scene, and Houston police spent the morning interviewing witnesses. Houston police said the guard will not likely face charges, but the case will be referred to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office

October 24, 2008, 5:24 pm
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Motorists have something to smile about. In Austin, $2.66 is the average price — a 19-cent drop this week — but some local gas stations are fighting for customers by dropping their prices even lower.

October 24, 2008, 5:18 pm
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Beware. Big changes are coming for anyone with a Texas drivers license or state ID.





If you thought you could avoid the lines at the DMV and renew by mail — think again.


A new federal law will force you to renew the license in person.


Beginning in 2008, every driver will have to get a new license — even if their old one hasn’t expired.


Right now states have different requirements to get a license.


But Congress, driven by Homeland Security concerns, recently passed the Real ID act. That means Texas will have the same standards as California, New York and all the other states.


Right now, a new Texas license costs $24. That may seem like a bargain under the new federal law because it didn’t give states money to make changes.


That is up to Texas to figure out.


“We have anticipated a very rough estimate of $167 million the first year and $101 million every year thereafter,” said Judy Brown with the DPS Driver’s License Division.


It won’t just cost money — it will cost you time.


You won’t be able to renew online or even change your address. That means the DMV lines will likely be out the door and around the building.


In January, DPS will go to the legislature to ask for 500 more people to handle the load.


“In the future, we’ll have to reprocess all your credentials. We’re anticipating the time will quadruple,” said Brown.


“The standing in line part is going to be difficult but I think as long as we have secruity, we can’t have enough security,” said Sheryl Young, a Texas driver.


Whether you think it’s worth it, doesn’t really matter. Not only do you need the license to drive — you won’t be able to get on an airplane without the Real ID.

October 24, 2008, 5:14 pm
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Google Shuts Down Anti-Obama Sites on its Blogger Platform


It looks like Google has officially joined the Barack Obama campaign and decided that its contribution would be to shut down any blog on the Google owned Blogspot.com blogging system that has an anti-Obama message. Yes, it sure seems that Google has begun to go through its many thousands of blogs to lock out the owners of anti-Obama blogs so that the noObama message is effectively squelched. Thus far, Google has terminated the access by blog owners to 7 such sites and the list may be growing. Boy, it must be nice for Barack Obama to have an ally powerful enough to silence his opponents like that!

It isn’t just conservative sites that Google’s Blogger platform is eliminating. For instance, www.comealongway.blogspot.com has been frozen and this one is a Hillary supporting site. The operator of Come a Long Way has a mirror site off the Blogspot platform and has today posted this notice:

Barock Obama hidding in sheep skin
October 24, 2008, 5:11 pm
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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Some of the anger is getting raw at Republican rallies and John McCain is mostly letting it flare.

A sense of grievance spilling into rage has gripped some GOP events as McCain supporters see his presidential campaign lag against Barack Obama. They’re making it personal, against the Democrat. Shouts of “traitor,” “terrorist,” “treason,” “liar,” and even “off with his head” have rung from the crowd at McCain and Sarah Palin rallies, and gone unchallenged by them.

Presidential candidates are accustomed to raucous rallies this close to Election Day and welcome the enthusiasm. But they are also traditionally monitors of sorts from the stage. Part of their job is to leaven proceedings if tempers run ragged and to rein in an out-of-bounds comment from the crowd.

October 24, 2008, 5:05 pm
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Mysterious Anti-Obama Text Spam Slams Cellphones

By Sarah Lai Stirland EmailOctober 23, 2008 | 3:49:09 PMCategories: Election ’08  

Voters in Ohio have begun receiving mysterious Amber Alert-style text messages urging them to dial a recorded announcement about Barack Obama, and to forward the spam to everyone they know.

“You will lose your freedoms this November 4th if you don’t know” the “facts,” the message warns.

Upon dialing the number — 641-715-3900, ext. 83682 — an anonymous announcer recites the McCain-Palin campaign’s frequent assertion that Barack Obama “worked closely with domestic terrorist Bill Ayers,” and that if elected, Obama would enact an “extreme leftist agenda.” That’s followed by an audio excerpt from a Fox News broadcast about Obama’s connections to voter-registration nonprofit ACORN. (For more on both subjects and their veracity, check out Factcheck.org here and here.)

Some voters are steamed because they have to pay for the text messages that arrive on their cellphones, and there’s no apparent way to remove oneself from the spammer’s database. Neither the text message nor the recording identify the culprit. The phone number belongs to a voicemail company called SimpleVoiceBox that provides voicemail boxes to anyone who wants one. Dialing different extensions produces a wide range of recordings belonging to businesses and groups.

Ohio doesn’t regulate robocalls, and federal do-not-call laws apply only to commercial messages, or calls with messages soliciting donations for charities.

Michael Goldfarb, a McCain spokesman, says that the messages are “not from this campaign and not from the RNC. We have no connection to this, and no knowledge as to its provenance.”

Whoever set this scheme up might have gleaned the idea from Ron Paul supporters, who are still using the same voicemail company to deliver recorded messages from McCain’s primary rival.

If you’re irritated by this sneaky spam campaign, check out this post from the New York