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Barack Obama's family tree grows and grows

It seemed a surprise for all concerned to learn earlier this year that Barack Obama is related to Dick Cheney (as well, it turns out, to George W. Bush). Now, Obama's unusual genetic mix (black father from Kenya; white mother from Kansas), has garnered him a chance to join the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The head of the society's Iowa branch, Mike Rowley, extended the invite in a letter he sent to Obama's Senate office last week, noting that ancestral research had determined that the Democratic presidential contender -- through his mother's side of the family -- shares a blood line with Revolutionary War veteran John Miles Duvall.

In urging Obama to sign up, Rowley said that if he acted quickly, another honor would follow. He invited Obama to join him and other members of the society's state chapter later this month at a cemetery in Montrose, Iowa. There, Obama's induction would be celebrated and homage paid to Cato Mead, the one black Revolutionary War soldier known to have settled -- and died -- in the Hawkeye State, according to Rowley.

Rowley invoked Mead's name in part to call attention to legislation in Congress -- whose sponsors include Chris Dodd, Obama's rival in the Democratic presidential race -- to build a new monument in Washington commemorating, as the effort's website spells out, the more than 5,000 blacks who volunteered to fight in the American Revolution.

We tracked down Rowley, 50, at his home in a Des Moines suburb and, in elaborating on his letter, he displayed the political savvy we've come to expect from Iowans. He said that even though time is growing short, he hoped to organize the event at Mead's grave site while Iowa is awash with presidential wannabees (Dodd also has been invited). Once the state's Jan. 3 caucuses are over, he agreed, candidate visits to Iowa will be few and far between.

Rowley said Obama's office acknowledged receipt of his letter and said it would get back to him, if matters could be arranged. As of Tuesday night, he said, there'd been no further word.

-- Don Frederick

 
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First: Who is he? His mother married two men both Muslims, the first named him Hussein and passed away, and his step-father vanished. He lived in Indonesia. His half-brother is a Islam convert. Second: Why is mom and his brothers no shows on his campaign? He attended school in Indonesia from age 6-10 years old and claims that as "foreign policy experience." He wrote a book admitting excessive use of alcohol and drugs including "blow." He worked a "community organizer" in Chicago. What did he organize? He never ran a business large or small, never served on so much as a condo association let alone a Mayor or Governor or a U.S. Attorney. He has little regard for laws that we must follow and allowed 25 parking tickets for parking on permit streets to go to warrant for years until one newspaper called him on it when he announced. He then paid them off. Small matter but integrity counts or does it? He now attends the same church as Oprah. His minister preaches racially divisive material. Their website proclaims they must remain true to Africa. The media gives him a pass on his shortcomings and covers his every move. Articulate, with a southern accent when the crowd requires it, and good looking but sadly lacking in anything but vague promises of "change". Change to what is the question.

Once again the lies about Obama are put forth by a guy calling himself "California Marty", trying to smear him because of his name...the Muslim allegations have been proven false but "Marty" cant accept the fact that his version of reality is totally a lie, so he has to keep saying the lie to smear Obama.

There are many policy reasons one might not want to vote for Obama, but "Marty's" lies are slander and he's lucky he can hide under a rock and spew out his lies. That way no one can hold him accoutable for his lies and show him what happens when you lie. Integrity? None here.

Marty, you're creating lies about Obama. His mother is dead. And Obama has been attending that church long before he met Oprah. He was a community organizer. He organized the "community," meaning he mobilized people from the community to take action towards issues affecting their way of life.

Stop fabricating the truth and perpetuating bigotry towards Blacks and Muslims.

Technically, Marty's comments about Obama are not slander; they are libel (libel is a printed lie, slander is a spoken lie). Obama is not a Muslim, but anyone who would choose not to vote for a candidate just because he is a Muslim is a bigot. There is no excuse for such religious bigotry in the 21st century.

Whether or not one agrees that living in Indonesia is adequate foreign policy experience, it at least indicates that he can think from a global perspective (unlike George Bush, who couldn't even find Brazil on a map). More importantly, he sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Obama is a solid candidate and I will proudly vote for him in the primary.

It baffles me how ignorant Americans are. Honestly. I am here only to complete a PhD in political philosophy and have paid close attention to US politics for the last 6 years. I'm not going to bother making any specific arguments here, though I will say that I am genuinely surprised at how easily Americans are tricked by ideology, pseudo-propaganda, and general politicized nonsense, on the one hand, and the degree to which intellectuals in this country lack the ability to make coherent (read: logical) arguments for or against policies/candidates. Marty's post is, of course, emblematic of this unfortunate phenomenon, but I see the same garbage coming out of the political science department at U-Chicago (where I currently attend).

The bottom line is that if we are to construct any sort of meaningful and legitimate criteria by which we can adjudicate between the candidates and their policies, Clinton - no matter which way you spin it - doesn't hold up very well. While she made a career for herself as a lawyer, she has since been atop of the wave of nepotism that seems to propel countless people of average intellect to the top echelon of this country's political system. Obama, on the other hand, is a true academic intent on bringing together the realms of theory and practice. This man has a commanding intellect, and more importantly, the genuine will to get things done in this country. It would be difficult to say the same about Clinton.

Try to find the libel in this message. There is none. There are questions about this stealth candidates backround that need answering and none of the whining replies provide them. Read and look for one lie. Find it and post it but don't confuse real questions with libel.

"First: Who is he? His mother married two men both Muslims, the first named him Hussein and passed away, and his step-father vanished. He lived in Indonesia. His half-brother is a Islam convert. Second: Why is mom and his brothers no shows on his campaign? He attended school in Indonesia from age 6-10 years old and claims that as "foreign policy experience." He wrote a book admitting excessive use of alcohol and drugs including "blow." He worked a "community organizer" in Chicago. What did he organize? He never ran a business large or small, never served on so much as a condo association let alone a Mayor or Governor or a U.S. Attorney. He has little regard for laws that we must follow and allowed 25 parking tickets for parking on permit streets to go to warrant for years until one newspaper called him on it when he announced. He then paid them off. Small matter but integrity counts or does it? He now attends the same church as Oprah. His minister preaches racially divisive material. Their website proclaims they must remain true to Africa. The media gives him a pass on his shortcomings and covers his every move. Articulate, with a southern accent when the crowd requires it, and good looking but sadly lacking in anything but vague promises of "change". Change to what is the question."


Jan Janovitch says she is seeking a PHD from Chicago University. My post discusses Obama's complete lack of executive experience. Never a prosecutor in a city county or state or U.S. Attorney, or a public defender, judge, governor, mayor, Ambassador and one year in the Senate, elected on a fluke he announces for President.

She writes this lovely prose.

"Obama, on the other hand, is a true academic intent on bringing together the realms of theory and practice. This man has a commanding intellect, and more importantly, the genuine will to get things done in this country. It would be difficult to say the same about Clinton."

She is correct that Obama is a very smart guy...with a gift of oratory. So have Lou Dobbs and Charles Krauthammer. So have David Letterman and Jon Stewart. All have more executive experience than Barak Hussein Obama, the stealth candidate does.

Mitt Romney a man of great executive experience and competence also has a “commanding intellect” that even Jan should appreciate. Class Valedictorian B.A. and a Harvard Law degree and MBA earned simultaneously with honors. Baker Scholar.

Hillary Clinton was lucky to have escaped criminal prosecution. Those of us old enough and who kept up with the Bill and Hillary Show of the nineties know that Hillary was close to being indicted.

"CALIFORNIANMARTY" if that is your name, you sir are a propagandizing bore.

"Obama, on the other hand, is a true academic intent on bringing together the realms of theory and practice. This man has a commanding intellect, and more importantly, the genuine will to get things done in this country. It would be difficult to say the same about Clinton." says the student at Chicago.

What is his "theory" and what "practice" has he ever had in bringing the two together? His "commanding intellect" has never commanded anything. Would the U.S. Navy give a newly minted Ensign a Battleship to command because he was first in his class at Annapolis? Never.

A "genuine will" to get WHAT done in America is the question. So far he hasn't shown to have gotten anything done except raise money to run for office.

Pray and watch? That's what we all need to do? Pray that the best finally come in office. And also watch Bush and make sure he don't mess up nothing else while in office. Sometime we just can't start about who's next, until who's doing is finished doing what ever they are doing. Something is bound to happen while we are watch something else. But to you and you that write truth and untruth, opinions and more opinions, and whether or not they stand we really just can't say. But my belief is nobody's opinion will last without the truth riding with it. Watch for the truth and vote for the truth for that will be the only victor that's won. So far in my opinion I believe that Obama and Hiliary stand on truth, and my opinion is about the truth. Does experience matter over who is capable? Who's strong and who's weak. Where will one fall and where will one stand? The truth is there just pray and watch.

ok Marty_is_a_bigot... I understand that some of what he's saying might be libel, but this is not a matter of freedom of religion. do you remember what happened september 11, 2001? Those men killed thousands of Americans. I do believe that there might be some good Muslims out there, but in the end what they believe is all about being the super power, and that's what they intend to do. Marty has very good reason for having a high level of animosity toward someone who has a Muslim background. I'm not saying it's right to discriminate, but people want to do all they can to do what's good for this country, and if that means keeping a man with a Muslim background out of office then so be it!

CALIFORNIAMARTY:

Who is Barak Hussein Obama? He is a young articulate man who has never run a business large or small, never a mayor of a city, governor of a state. He was a state senator who voted "present" ducking all tough issues. He was a "community organizer" but what did he accomplish in that occupation, if you can call it that...what? One year in the debating society called the U.S. Senate he decided he had pontificated long enough and should be president. Why should he be president. Was he a war hero like McCain. No, he never served in the military or even the ROTC. Did he produce some earth shattering major legislation? No, not one piece.
Some call it "libel" to mention these things. To them I say get out a dictionary because libels require that something someone says about a public figure be a lie and published with malice. Nothing I have posted is either a lie or published with malice. I blog because I want the best man or woman to win, not some intern of the Senate who is able to put suseptable mostly young people into a
swoon.
No one on this board would allow a loved one to submit to a serious surgical procedure performed by an intern when experienced, successful and vetted
surgeons are available. No one on this board would rather fly across country with a student pilot if a master pilot who have flown before is available. No one puts an Ensign in charge of a Battleship or Carrier.

Get over the name calling when the messenger brings you the truth. That is ad hominem and proves you have no facts to back up your statements.

Exactly what is wrong with both these candidates, the media and Americans way of thinking these days... NEITHER RACE NOR GENDER SHOULD MATTER but BOTH THESE CANDIDATES ARE USING IT TO GET VOTES . Why else would a couple senators both with less than two terms experience be running for president? NEITHER HAVE THE LONG TERM executive experience either in America and especially internationally. Obama has 1 senate term and sitting on a commitee for one term is nothing.

As Marty mentioned both John McCain and Obama's Illinois Legislature voting record, I'm driven to point this out. John McCain is listed as missing 56.3% of votes for the current congress, a total of 251 votes! I'll back this up with a reference:
http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/m000303/

He is second in missed votes, only behind Tim Johnson (D-SD), who had a brain hemorrhage in December of 2006 and hasn't yet been able to return.

And really, this name thing needs to stop. Personally, my roots are Polish , Appalachian, and Syrian. Under Marty's implied logic, I should be both Catholic and Muslim because my parents and grandparents were. I'm neither. I was raised Methodist and made the decision to convert to and practice Zen Buddhism 10 years ago. I made my own decision, which most people are capable of doing.

Marty's logic suggests that one isn't free to make decisions based on religion for themselves. Maybe that is the case for him. I can't say.

It is a fact that Senator Obama's mother passed away in 1995. Here's a link:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/chi-0703270151mar27,0,5157609.story

Malik Obama, Barack's brother, lives in Rural Kenya. Here's more on him:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6333496

Hillary is this and Hillary is that......but What is Obama? I would like some substance from him. The Muslim issue is a bit disturbing to me as Muslim belief and purpose is to stamp out the non-Muslins (infidels). That is taught from a very young age. I would like to know if he was involved in any of those teachings. If his mother married 2 Muslims......what does that say about his upbringing? Why was he not raised by his mother?
It raises questions the Republicans will be asking if he wins the party nomination. If he does address it now....his message will not get lost in the run for the White House. We know that Hillary has big ankles and EVERYTHING else but we don't know anything about Obama including his family history. Is it bigoty to bring up someone's history or coverup campaigning to scare the American people into not asking the questions that the Republicans are going to ask in fear? If this is not about race, gender or religious belief....then lets talk about it openly. If you think the GOP is going to play nice and not bring it up...you really do live in Obamolot.
When all is said and done.....we need a Democrat in the White House. Lets make sure that there are no skeletons in any closets so we are prepared to take on the GOP.

what all really has obama done in the past to make him feel that he is presidential material. talk is really cheap!

WILL THE PERFECT PERSON IN OUR SOCIETY PLEASE STAND UP! WHY DO YOU HOLD STANDARDS FOR OTHERS THAT YOU DO NOT IMPOSE ON YOURSELF?
OBAMA IS NOT PERFECT AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY HE IS ONE OF US, CONNECTED TO US, AND WHY SO MANY OF US LOVE HIM!

I am really saddened by what this great country has to go through to come up with two idiots that are running for president of the united states. neither one really has the back ground to be in that position. what is wrong with this country in allowing that to happen. actually there are three. 2 dem and one rep

Its amusing to find people bogged in Hilarious slander about Obama. though Obama is a commited Christian, some prolific Hilaritoons whudnut will not accept that.

For argument sake, even Obama has a middle name Hussain, does it make him not able to protect America? Does this middle name disqualify him to be commander-in-chief? Who is playing dirty Hilary tirck here?

Clintons are formidable candidate. But, if you watch "Hilary, the movie" and their scandals for last 36 years, you would never vote for her, I bet!

Being a highest office-holder as a President, lying about lobotomy with Monica in Oval office, is just one example! Clintons are talented folks, but, they are screwy as hell! Clintons era is mired with scandals, triangulation and political tension. Why do we need another Clintons again?

I have watched this campaign for last 12 months. The excitement Obama invigorate, I have not seen that for a long time in American politics. Obama has the smartest political charishma, and his 'tongue is dipped in unvarnished truth'. Thats what we need now.

Sorry Hilary, cry me a river!

There's nothing slanderous about telling the truth. Obama may not be a Muslim, but both his biological father and step-father were. His mother appears to have been an agnostic. Sow where did Obama find religion? When he decided to pursue a political career? TWO years in the Senate hardly qualifies as enough experience to run this country.

whether black or from a mother who married 2 muslim men OBAMA is going to win.He did not chose to be born from a mother who led her own life and OBAMA`S life and career are not to be related his mothers life.For heavens sake let us respect the spirit of late OBAMA`S mother we do not no why she lived that way.Life is full of mystries and we all travel different ways in life so one has no right to judge or say OBAMA is not the right candidate.if i may ask IS HILLARY TRYING TO SAY SHE IS THE PERFECT CANDIDATE?in what way?!

AMERICA NEEDS A PRESIDENT WHO IS HUMAN ENOUGH TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY AND GOOD CARE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.AMERICA NEEDS TO GET BACK ON TRACK AND THIS CAN ONLY BE DONE BY BARACK OBAMA.AMERICA IS LOST!AMERICA WAS ONCE A COUNTRY THAT WAS ADMIRED IN EDUCATION,ECONOMY,HEALTH,SECURITY ETC BUT WHERE IS AMERICA TODAY?!AMERICANS THIS IS YOUR ONLY OPPORTUNITY.LET ME GIVE YOU A REAL LIVING EXAMPLE.MALAWI IS A TINY COUNTRY WE HAD OUR 1ST PRESIDENT WHO WAS A DICTACTOR BUT DEVELOPED MALAWI AND DURING HIS REIN MALAWI THOU TINY WAS KNOWN AND WAS EXEMPLERY.THEN CAME ANOTHER PRESIDENT HE HAD NO INTENTION OF DEVELOPING MALAWI ASK ANY MALAWIAN TODAY WHERE WAS MALAWI HEADING TO?THANKS TO GOD HE GAVE US A PRESIDENT WHO IS LIFTING MALAWI TO GREATER HEIGHTS WE NEVER WANTED HIM BECAUSE HE SEEMED TO BE A VERY QIUT MAN WHO COULD NOT DELIVER LEAST OF ALL HE LIVED ABROARD FOR SO MANY YEARS, NOT KNOWING THAT HE IS THE RIGHT MAN FOR THE POST.SO AMERICANS DO NOT UNDER-ESTIMATE OBAMA TRY HIM.AS FOR THE CLINTONS PLEASE BE THANKFUL AND GREATFUL YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN AT THE WHITE HOUSE SO GIVE YOUR FRIENDS A CHANCE.DO NOT BE GREEDY.IT IS NOT A KINGDOM THAT IS PASSED ON.WAKE-UP AMERICA!

Interesting thoughts about the leader.

Take a look at Barack Obama's Family tree here http://kindo.com/en/famous-people/barack-obama-family-tree/barack-obama.html

the race of and to power has its own code of (mis)behavior ruled by untainted, pragmatic brutality that is not only color blind, but also blindfolded like the goddess of justice herself. in this race 'anything goes' as long as deng xiaoping's rule applies: 'i don't care if it's a white cat or a black cat. it's a good cat so long as it catches mice.'
for the 'owner,' of course. so the cat, like the mouse,
is always on the run. and even when they take turns, and seem to be heading in different directions, they're running the same way, just the same. or so it seems.
to the 'owner,' of course.

Before all of Barack's Muslim history started coming out, I had decided the man wasn't worth voting for because he thinks it's ok to stick a pair of surgical scissors into the back of a baby's head and suck his/her brains out, then throw baby away! That's partial birth abortion folks.
Hilliary does too. Amoral people. And Barack is engaging in "taqiyah"(lie to achieve the goal) which Muhammed says is all right to do. An interesting note: I listen to Jay Sekulow on KKLA almost every day, and he was discussing the spread of radical Islam around the world, and the non Muslims being killed worldwide on a daily basis. A man called in to say we can save ourselves by just saying we accept Allah and not mean it. Just lie.Like it's a foregone conclusion that America will fall to Islam. Well, this is one American woman who will not deny Christ, and will fight for her country. And why did Obama go to Kenya in 2006 to support his cousin Raila Odinga? Because Raila promised to institute Sharia law in all of Kenya. Google it. It'll open your eyes.

The many silly and other Lies of Hillary and The many Serious Lies of Obama-Prove That Both Are Unfit To Become Commander in Chief and POTUS

"It was a notably uncomfortable performance by the current front-runner, one in which he barely suppressed his irritation with the questions and delivered convoluted explanations or apologies in response." The lies of these two candidates reflect on their integrity, their judgment, their credibility at home and around the world and their loyalty to this country trumping their own ambitions and loyalties elsewhere. Rather than focus on who won the debate and McCain getting the benefits we should be focusing on the security and prosperity of America. Hillary's latest lies about sniper fire were just plain stupid. Obama's lies about Rezko contributions, his connections to Rev. Wright and the hatred of America and whites and his attempt to minimize his connection with Farrakhan and even more scary with terrorists Ayers and Dohrn are extremely serious. Being POTUS is being Commander in Chief and a stealth anti-American, Anti-Israel, terrorist, radical could destroy this country.

The zeal of the Obama haters is clearly racist. Obama haters, do you deny you are racist? I don't see how you can, but I am wondering if the insane rants we see from folks like CaliforniaMarty are uttered with a clear consciousness that they are racist. By the way, I will be disturbed if LA Times will not post this since the HATEFUL rants posted repeatedly by CaliforniaMarty always seem to show up here. I should be able to raise the question of racism in this forum. 20% of voters in OH and PA said race mattered to them and most of those voted for clinton. Over 40% of clinton supporters say they will vote for mccain or stay at home if Obama is the nominee. To me, this is a sad statement about the persistence of anti-black racism in this country and clinton's willingness to mobilize the worst prejudices of an ignorant bloc of white voters (not all whites, many are not racist, but it's depressing to see how many still are) in order to win.

It's perfectly possible to hate someone and not be a racist. I'm not saying it's right, but it's possible. Look at the reasons to oppose Obama.

1) Inexperience
2) Muslim Background
3) Overly idealistic
4) Association with Racist (Rev. Wright) or Religiously Intolerant (Half-Brother) individuals

I'd also like to point out that Obama, for all the talk about race, white as he is black.

A big part of the racial problems in America is that to be "White" you have to be pure European. We consider "Black" blood to be a taint. Most "Blacks" in America can point to just as many European ancestors as African ones, but we still call them "African-Americans". Obsessing over race, even in the supposedly positive sense of First Black this-or-that has really made a terrible mess in America.

Obama has lied and made conflicting statements about Wright, Rezko the fixer felon, Ayers the terrorist, Pfleger, Farrakhan, NAFTA, Iraq, Iran, public finances and now even the death penalty.
He has notihing to offer except more promises of taxing the rich and making everyone happy with change. Change to what?

When you have no facts to refute the issues about Obama the liberals charge racism. Why not refute the charges...you cannot.
A black man with a difficult accent and a heavy stutter interviewed for a job and was turned down. He filed a complaint alleging racism. The job... Air Traffic Controller at JFK Airport.

The story posted on MSNBC must be kidding. They make it sound like Malik is in Tahiti? He lives on a Dollar a month? You think Barack could send him a case of Ramen noodles here and there. My son is a Missionary and spent two months last summer in Kibera, what do you think NYANGOMA-KOGELO is like, (Manhattan)? His Dad must have fathered more kids than John Edwards.

THIS IS AMAZINGG!! hahahhahahhahaha


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