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Oct. 16th, 2008 05:52 pm
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As a follow up to a post made by [livejournal.com profile] interactiveleaf concerning the lies and hatemongering being spread by Reichwing Republicans about Senator Obama:


GOP Site Endorses E-mail Smears, Said 'Waterboard Obama'


By Sarah Lai Stirland - October 15, 2008 | 7:39:16 PM - WIRED Threat Level



The website of a local California Republican party has posted a message openly calling for the torture of Barack Obama, while reporting as fact a slew of long-ago debunked smears targeting the Democratic presidential candidate.


The Sacramento County Republican Party hosted a graphic this week comparing Obama to Osama bin Laden, with the caption "The only difference between Obama and Osama is BS,"The Sacramento Bee reports. The text of the graphic adds, "Waterboard Barack Obama."

That image was removed Tuesday in response to inquiries from the newspaper, but the site continues to report false claims, quotes and images about Obama, including the assertion that he snubbed troops on a visit to the Middle East, and that he refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance.

E-mail smears have targeted Obama's patriotism since his presidential run began, but the Sacramento website appears to be the first case of the smears being openly adopted by an official GOP organization. The attacks come as polling shows voters growing increasingly impatient with the perceived negative tone of Obama rival John McCain's campaign, following attacks seeking to link Obama to a former 1960's radical.

Hitting the patriotism button is a time-honored political tactic to undermine support for the other side among Republican party professionals, says Stefan Forbes, a moviemaker who recently completed "Boogieman: The Lee Atwater Story," a film that documents such tactics. "But this time around, it may be that the global meltdown might overcome that, and that's the interesting thing," says Forbes.

The party site bolsters its false claim that Obama refuses to say the Pledge of Allegiance with an equally false quote attributed to the candidate. "I don't want to be perceived as taking sides. There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression. And the anthem itself conveys a war-like message."

The text is actually from a satirical column that ran in The Arizona Conservative, according to urban legend mythbusters Snopes.com.

Other fallacious "primary evidence" the site presents includes two fabricated quotes attributed to Obama's book The Audacity of Hope, and a report from a U.S. intelligence officer claiming that Obama blew off soldiers when he visited the troops at the Bagram Airforce base in Afghanistan. That letter was debunked by the New York Daily News, which reported in July that the letter's author admitted that the "information that was put out in my e-mail was wrong."

A photo hosted on the site depicts Obama holding a telephone receiver to his ear backwards. "When you are faking a pose for a photo-op, you'd think he can at least get the phone turned in the right direction!," the caption reads. The image is an altered version of a genuine photo in which Obama is seen using the phone properly.

Craig MacGlashan, the chairman of the Sacramento Republican County Party, is responsible for the site. MacGlashan, a lawyer, wasn't answering phone calls on Wednesday, according to his receptionist, and he didn't respond to a voice mail inquiry.

Obama and McCain are squaring off Wednesday night in their third and final presidential debate before the November 4 election.

(A variety of links are provided via Wired if you go read the article there.)

The worst comment, posted by "Independent Voter" was This is funny. You leftist idiots cannot take a joke. You can dish it out but you can't take it. LOL. Yeah. It's a joke… Riiiiight. Try to pull the other one.

Further down you get a reply by "acerbic"

Ok. Is this a smear? Obama claims to be a Christian and yet he believes that human beings evolved from apes via natural selection and random mutation? Do real Christians realize that he believes in this crap or does he have one answer when he's around Christians and another when he's around atheists? He sounds like a con artist to me.

Of course, this is common atheist/evolutionist brain-dead crap since anybody who has played around with random GAs know that, as soon as the search space reaches a certain very low threshold, you get an exponential explosion of possibilities that makes any subsequent search intractable. Heck, you can't even get to the cellular level. Not even close.

This is the sort of crap that caused Paul Feyrabend to write that "the most stupid procedures and the most laughable results in their domain are surrounded with an aura of excellence. It is time to cut them down in size, and to give them a more modest position in society."

You atheist/leftist nerds act like your shit don't stink but yours is the stinkiest shit around. You are stupid as shit. LOL.


Yeah, that's right, Christians aren't allowed to believe in evolution. Don't some of them believe that God doesn't consider time in the same way humans do? One of Zir's days could be a millennia or trillennia? I'm not sure where "acerbic" is getting the rest of their statement from… Anyone?

Wait… "rthomas" has a really good comeback to that part: Evolution vs. Natural Selection vs. Creationism, all are true. Keep in mind we have concrete evidence on how old the earth is, its previous occupants, when those occupants lived, even how the solar system, galaxy and our universe formed.

Now assuming the Catholic church and the Eastern Orthodox Church and all the sects that spit from them, copied the Jewish Torah, exactly, word for word, which I highly doubt.

1) How many days passed during the days of creation, and no the answer is not seven. Why? It is generally accepted that a day for us on this planet last 24 hours, and no where does it say how long a day was. In fact, in the early part of the story there was no separation.

2) Show us where it describes the creatures; go on, I mean I know fish are described and to some extend fauna and insects.

3) Now, it says in there that we are created in the image of G-d. Who are we mere mortals to assume what G-d looks like? Honestly, it crosses the line to assume that we have always look like this just because we are created in the image of the All Mighty. Moreover, can that statement mean instead that it is our soul, the soul of every living creature on this Earth, that is created in the image of G-d.

4) Last of all, if we are meant to take the word of G-d, be it from the Bible, the Torah, the Qur'an, etc... We would not have been created with the ability to think for ourselves and question the word of G-d. We would most likely not have the ability to think for ourselves and question the word of G-d, and instead maybe the dolphins or roaches would be more worthy of the gift of logic. Thus, I believe, no matter what the issue, it is a sin to accept the word of G-d without second thought on the subject.


There is a LOT of heavy flaming going on in the comments. Extreme insults to Hawking that don't bear repeating… insults galore being issued by the pseudo-Christian lot toward everyone else. Nothing concrete or any supportive evidence to their statements. The point of the article, that this stuff was posted onto an OFFICIAL Republican website seems to have been missed by all of the trolls.

Huzzah for Margaret Sanger!



Personal Transport Pods for Mass Transit: It is time we design cities for the human, not for the automobile.



New show on the Discovery Channel looks interesting: Prototype This The show, which debuts Wednesday night, features four San Francisco Bay Area geeks who demonstrate their brainpower each week by undertaking a bizarre "build" to address some sort of problem.


The team members — movie animatronics maestro Terry Sandin (Contact, The Passion of the Christ), M.I.T.-trained code warrior Zoz Brooks, hacker prodigy Joe Grand and nano technology guru Mike North — each bring their own skills to the problem-solving party.

In Episode 1, they create an antidote to road rage by designing biosensor-equipped smart cars that grind to a halt whenever the driver gets too riled up.

The guys repurpose a mind-control headset (clip embedded) so that angry thoughts trigger tiny servo motors controlling the vehicle's movement. On top of that, Brooks writes software that allows the drivers to remotely control demolition-derby jalopies from virtual cockpits.

In weeks to come, the Prototype This quartet designs a sleep pod that wakes, feeds, showers and grooms lazy subjects each morning; constructs wearable airbags that protect workers near high-rise buildings from free-falling objects; and programs a pair of giant robot boxers with "optical glyph" tracking devices so they mimic human fighters.

Produced by Beyond Productions (MythBusters), the show builds ticking-clock tension into the scientific method during Episode 1, when the brainiacs are forced to pull an all-nighter to overcome a glitch in their calculations.

Prototype This deserves bonus points for its self-deprecating nod to social isolation in Episode 1: When the team rents inflatable "Crowd in a Box" dolls to populate the grandstand for the climactic road rally, one of the prototypers jokes: "We don't have many friends."



For my zombie loving friends out there, here are a list of songs that focus on those shambling revenants. There's an embedded player toward the bottom of the page where, after the intro song and chat, you can listen to the songs. *Looks at [livejournal.com profile] ginmar* Enjoy! FYI: First track is a bonus for Harry Potter fans. Anyone who listens, let me know what you thought. I'm liking the first song, kinda like the second, would have to be in the right frame of mind for the last one… it is from the Young Zombies in Love Musical however. Of course, this is from GeekDad, who would be looking for semi-kid-friendly tracks.

Date: 2008-10-16 10:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] junquegrrl.livejournal.com
what's a "random GA"?? that whole section was gobbledegook to me. Is that shorthand for a physics thing? a theology thing?

Date: 2008-10-16 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] verrucaria.livejournal.com
Yeah, I was also wondering what a "GA" was...

Date: 2008-10-16 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shogunhb.livejournal.com
I'm assuming genetic algorithm?

Date: 2008-10-17 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sparkindarkness.livejournal.com
The level of hatred they're throwing out is goiung to bite them on the arse. Sure we expect negative campaigning but this goes beyond the pale - I'm sure even republicans are going to start hating this

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