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I refuse to believe that the L.A times would NOT print a story like this, especially if it were true.
Originally posted by mister.old.school
McCain Rashid Khalidi Connection
A 1998 tax filing for the McCain-led group shows a $448,873 grant to Khalidi's Center for Palestine Research and Studies for work in the West Bank. (See grant number 5180, "West Bank: CPRS" on page 14 of this PDF.)
The relationship extends back as far as 1993, when John McCain joined IRI as chairman in January. Foreign Affairs noted in September of that year that IRI had helped fund several extensive studies in Palestine run by Khalidi's group, including over 30 public opinion polls and a study of "sociopolitical attitudes."
Of course, there's seemingly nothing objectionable with McCain's organization helping a Palestinian group conduct research in the West Bank or Gaza. But it does suggest that McCain could have some of his own explaining to do as he tries to make hay out of Khalidi's ties to Obama.
Something about casting stones comes to mind.
Originally posted by David9176
This tape needs to be released!!! What's there to hide? GEEZUS...our whole country has fallen to corruption!
WHo isn't on the take anymore?
Palin accuses Obama of ties to second 'radical professor'
Gov. Sarah Palin on Wednesday said Sen. Barack Obama has ties to a Columbia University professor who she said is "a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization."
The Obama campaign said on its Web site that "ugly insinuations about Barack Obama's relationship with a former neighbor and university colleague ... are completely false." The professor has denied he was a PLO spokesman. Palin said her assertion "is not negative campaigning to call someone out on their record." "It seems that there is yet another radical professor from the neighborhood who spent a lot of time with Barack Obama going back several years," Palin said at an event in Bowling Green, Ohio. "This is important because his associate, Rashid Khalidi ... in addition to being a political ally of Barack Obama, he's a former spokesperson for the Palestinian Liberation Organization."
McCain Demands L.A. Times Release Video
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:50 AM
By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size
The John McCain campaign is demanding that the Los Angeles Times release a videotape showing Barack Obama at an event in Chicago honoring a Palestinian activist who reportedly served as a spokesman for Yasser Arafat.
As Newsmax reported on Tuesday, the 2003 event was a farewell party for Rashid Khalidi, who was leaving the University of Chicago to take a position at Columbia University in New York.
Obama, then an Illinois state senator, lavished praise on Khalidi at the party, as did unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers, according to Andrew C. McCarthy, contributing editor at National Review, who disclosed Khalidi’s link to “master terrorist” Arafat. The Times confirmed in April that it had a copy of the videotape.
Several hours after the Newsmax story appeared, McCain spokesman Michael Goldfarb said: “A major news organization is intentionally suppressing information that could provoke a clearer link between Barack Obama and Rashid Khalidi.”
The videotape, he said, could show how Obama responded to a poem recited by a young Palestinian at the party accusing Israel of “terrorism” in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.”
Goldfarb called the poem “hate speech,” adding: “The election is one week away, and it’s unfortunate that the press so obviously favors Barack Obama that this campaign must publicly request that the Los Angeles Times do its job — make information public.”
The newspaper hasn’t explained why it won’t release the video, according to Ben Smith of Politico.com.
Times spokeswoman Nancy Sullivan told Smith: “When we reported on the tape six months ago, that was our full report.”
© 2008 Newsmax. All rights reserved.
Originally posted by GirlNextDoor
The only thing refuting Obama's association with people of questionable affiliation is Obama's words. "He's not one of my advisors."
Obama wouldn't pass top secret government clearance with such associations. And yet, he can be POTUS?
Qbama spokesman Hari Sevugan emails this response to the Khalidi attack. “This is just another recycled, manufactured controversy from the McCain campaign to distract voters’ attention from John McCain’s lock-step support for George Bush’s economic policies."
Obama Encouraged Risky Fannie, Freddie Loans
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:45 PM
By: Jim Meyers Article Font Size
The John McCain campaign has issued a release pointing to a Wall Street Journal editorial questioning Barack Obama’s stance on Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and subprime mortgages.
The editorial published on Wednesday notes that, during the Oct. 7 presidential debate, when John McCain said Obama had encouraged Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make risky loans, Obama replied that he “never promoted Fannie Mae.” He also stated: “Two years ago I said that we’ve got a subprime lending crisis that has to be dealt with.”
Obama said: “I wrote to [Treasury] Secretary [Henry] Paulson, I wrote to Federal Reserve Chairman [Ben] Bernanke, and told them this is something we have to deal with, and nobody did anything about it.”
The Journal observed: “Mr. Obama's March 2007 letter included a stirring call to ‘assess options’ and boldly suggested that the two men ‘facilitate a serious conversation’ about housing. He was even brave enough to suggest that ‘the relevant private sector entities and regulators’ might be able to provide ‘targeted responses.’ Then in paragraph four, the Harvard-trained lawyer dropped his bombshell: a suggestion that various interest groups get together to ‘consider’ best practices in mortgage lending.
“Some may find it hard to believe that Mr. Obama had nothing to show for this herculean effort to shake up Washington. They may be shocked as well that such passionate language didn't move the Fed and Treasury to action. For our part, we note that nowhere in his letter did Mr. Obama suggest that the government should stop subsidizing loans to people who can't repay them.”
In fact, Obama said in a September 2007 speech: “Subprime lending started out as a good idea, helping Americans buy homes who previously couldn’t afford to.”
And he voted against a bill, which McCain co-sponsored, to reform the way Fannie and Freddie did business.
It also might be noted that two former Fannie Mae CEOs, Franklin Raines and James Johnson, have had roles in Obama’s presidential campaign.
Raines advised the campaign on housing matters, according to the Washington Post. He was paid $20 million by Fannie Mae in 2003 and left under a cloud of alleged corruption and illegal accounting.
Johnson helped Obama select his vice presidential running mate. Johnson received millions of dollars in hidden income from the corporation, according to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight’s May 2006 report on mismanagement and corruption inside Fannie Mae.
Obama received more than $126,000 in political donations from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and McCain declared at the debate that Obama was the second largest recipient of campaign cash from the government mortgage giants.
The Journal editorial concludes: “If Barack Obama wants to write any more letters, he should urge his colleagues in Washington to focus on the causes of this crisis, not the effects. Unlike Senators, Presidents are expected to solve problems, not merely write about them.”
Originally posted by maybereal11
reply to post by maybereal11
This is an obvious and desperate attempt by the McCain campaign to keep Florida.
Claiming Obama is anti-israel. Khalidi is a professor, middle eastern scholar and former nieghbor of Obama AND HAS DENIED being a spokesperson for the PLO. I'd be interested to see any hard evidence to the contrary...till then I trust him more than John McCain and his campaigns desperate agenda. They have shown themselves wholey these last few weeks.
Principles only mean something if you stick by them when they are inconvenient. John McCain has shown himself to believe just the opposite.
In the face of challenge...abandon all you stand for..
Alas where is the McCain of old? The man I used to respect.
[edit on 29-10-2008 by maybereal11]
[edit on 29-10-2008 by maybereal11]
Originally posted by deathhasnosound
The coincidences keep piling up:
WTH. How is this basic fact not hitting home... Barack attended a party with the person. McCain gave the guy half a MILLION dollars....