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Obama and AIPAC

Me and Lisa on Gchat!

Lisa: i'm watching Obama. he gives good speech.

5:46 PM me: yes

he is very well spoken

:P

5:47 PM Lisa: mccain's wife gives me the creeps

she's so blonde and toothy

and tightly wound

me: u hate her cause she is pretty

5:48 PM admit it

:P

Lisa: nah

me: she is rich

pretty

Lisa: i'm not that type

5:49 PM me: and has access to percesetts

Lisa: oh god, he is drooling over aipac. i want to vomit

5:52 PM

me: hehe

lol

5:53 PM Lisa: his first speech as the dem nominee has to be to aipac??

me: yes

Lisa: god, this is going to feed into the walt mearsheimer tinfoil hat wearing crowd

me: nahh

cause no one believes it

they just think he is doing it to get elected

everyone knows the blacks hate the Jews

:P

5:54 PM Lisa: he just reminded them of the jewish involvement in freedom summer

me: then again, who doesn't?

5:56 PM Lisa: the BBC announcer just said "jewish lobby in the united states" instead of "israel lobby"

they do it all the time and no-one calls them on it

most AIPAC people are Christians, for heaven's sake

me: lol

yeah

5:57 PM but the jews pay them to join

Lisa: geez, you are part of the conspiracy, aren't you?

The Right's Obama?

When it comes to the US elections this year, you get a sense that for most people it's a done deal: A democrat is going to win the Presidency this year. And while we can always count on the democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory-the Clinton/Obama brawl anyone?- let's just be pessimists and submit to the idea that McCain will lose this election, and the republicans- with their brand's reputation and fundraising is at an all times low- will further lose the house and the Senate. Fine, so are they done for for the next 8 years then? Not bloody likely, and mainly because of their newest star politician: Bobby Jindal.

For those of you who don't know him, Jindal is the republican governor of Louisiana and a 36 year old Indian-American. The fact that they are polishing his image right now (some are even going as far as calling him "the next Reagan") with some even dropping hints of his being a VP to McCain, means that someone is thinking ahead in the republican party, and whomever that Lone-worlf is, he is a goddamn Genius. If McCain ran with Jindal as his running mate, a revolution will take place in the american political climate, and it could even affect this current race and tilt it to the republican favor. What am I talking about? I am talking about the entrance of the Indian Immigrant population into the political fray, and how it would change everything.

You see, the american desi population usually stays out of politics, choosing to rather to keep to themselves and concentrate on their work on families. There are millions of them, the majority of which have Upper-middle class life-style, they are capitalists by nature, they have a heavy emphasis on traditional family values in the culture, and complete haters of the illegal immigrant population. In a sense, they are the republican dream voting bloc, and yet not a single politician ever courted them. 

Enter Jindal: Young, good looking Indian from both parents, a success story by both American and immigrant Indian standards, all in all a source of pride for the Desi community at large. And if the Desi blogs in America are any indication, THEY LOVE HIM. His candidacy for VP would be a source of pride to the Indian Community, and would politically mobilize this rich but usually apathetic voting population. Not to mention, it would beat the whole "republicans are racist" meme, with them taking on a distinctively non-white population that doesn't suffer a history of opression in the US and who actually love that country. If they come out for him, and they would, the US political equation will be unbalanced irrevocably. The republicans would in effect be saying to the Democrats: "Oh, you got that black vote now, didja? Good!  Keep them. Enjoy their campaign contributions. Oh wait, they rarely donate, don't they? Well, we got us the Indian votes, and boy do they have deep pockets. Suckaaaaas!"

The republicans should make McCain to pick Jindal even if it costs the earlier to lose the election, because that would be the perfect way to introduce Jindal to the american political stage and getting his name known. If they start having him on TV as their candidate for VP, making him the focus of the party the way the Democrats did with Obama, with the prospects of nominating him for President in 4 years, then they just locked themselves the indian vote and support throughout the coming two elections at least. Not something to laugh at.

Add to that the geopolitical ramification of a Jindal presidency: He would very likely bring India and the US closer together, forming an alliance that would be crucial for the survival of the US as a world power for the coming decades. The Chinese are becoming too big for the US to keep back on their own, and the Russians- aided by Venezuela, North Korea, Iran and every other despotic regime in the world- are too busy finding new ways to stab the US in the back, while the Europeans "allies" are being useless as usual, with half of them wishing to see the day where "the US is humbled", just like they are. An Alliance with India- given their common attributes of Language, democratic values, reverence for capitalism, secularism and history of fighting islamist terrorism- would be the most logical move for the US in the current political climate, and would probably benefit them greatly in the long run, espeically that the two new up and coming world powers are India and China, and they both despise each other, and the US adminstration knowing that a confrontation with China will eventaully become inevtiable. If you are going to piss off a Nuclear Giant like China, you best have one of your own, and in this case that would be India.

This is all, of course, all premature. McCain didn't choose his VP yet, and it's very possible that it might not be Jindal. But boy oh boy, if he does choose him! Now That would be change!

Anti-Israel egyptian singer makes Obama song

Shaban AbdelRaheem, of the "I hate Israel" song fame, is reportedly making an Pro-Obama song:

The hugely popular Egyptian pop singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim, best known for his controversial political songs and outrageous style, will soon release a new track celebrating the end of Bush's presidency—and endorsing Obama. In an interview last week with Dar Al-Hayat, Rahim said that Obama is (roughly translated) “a good man, kindhearted, and better than Bush.”

Rahim, also known by his nickname “Shaabolla,” gained international notoriety in 2000 when he released the song “I Hate Israel.”
(The song’s subtitle, “But I love Amr Moussa,” refers to Egypt's former
foreign minister and head of the Arab League.) Since then, he’s had a
rocky relationship with Egypt’s censors. They allowed “Israel” to be
broadcast but banned his follow-up tune praising Osama Bin Laden. (Its
chorus: "Bin Bin Bin Bin Bin Bin Laden.") Other songs he has rolled out
include “Hey People, It Was Only a Tower” after 9/11, “Don't Hit Iraq” in 2003, and “We Are All Out of Patience” about the Mohammed cartoon controversy in 2006.

Now, the person who wrote this story is my very own good friend Gemmyhood, who is enjoying a stint of employment at Slate. Gemmy- who is an Obama supporter- had told me about the story before he published it, and I told him that it would be used to harm the Obama candidacy. He thinks I am exxagerating, but follow me on this, ok?

Obama has a problem now: this is the third time in recent memory where he gets endorsed or supported by someone who is blatantly anti-semetic or anti-Israel ( Farakhan, Wright and now Shaabolla). While it's not the man's fault that he gets supported by kooks, it could totally be used against him in that  slimy "we are just asking harmless questions" way usually employed by DC political hitmen. First they will start asking questions in an innocent way : "well, we are not saying that Obama is an anti-semite, but he certainly has a certain appeal to anti-semetic people, so it begs the question of 'why is that?". What is it that those people know that we don't?" And that should get the ball rolling in the heads of people, especially that Obama so far looks too good to be true, and as we all know, that probably means he is not. Some people will start wondering if maybe there is something to the accusation of Obama being anti-semitic, especially that the man whom he considers his spiritual guide- and the man he won't disavow- has had his share of Anti-Israel and -US sentiments. That will get the ball rolling, and it won't stop there.

Secondly, they (Hillary's people most likely) will start sending e-mails that highlight these concerns to jewish donors, and they will add to them quotes like the ones in this post, which show clearly Jihady Anti-Israel people saying that they would like Obama to be the President and that it would embolden them in their attacks. Done right this could make many Jewish donors very Jittery, which could lead to them to re-consider supporting Obama, or starting to fundraise more for Hillary or McCain. And that's when the third step starts.

The third step would be running headlines reporting the phenomenon of declining support for Obama amongst Jewish voters. Headlines like " Jewish Donors escape Obama" or "Due to anti-semetic concerns, Jewish voters flock to Hillary, McCain" will start rolling on newspapers, websites and Opinion news TV shows. This will, of course, start attracting the real anti-semetic crazies in american politics. Sure, Stormfront won't exactly endorse Obama, by Cynthia Mckiney can, and she is both black and anti-semetic (no longer a democrat though, but imagine if she still was, a trifecta). The news of course would find its way to the Middle-east, to which arab people will respond with statements of sympathy and support against those "damn joooz" who are going after him, which will also be carried to the US media via international news agencies, blogs, etc..etc.. Soon enough the words "Anti-semetic" and Obama will be together in so many headlines that people might start believing that Obama is really anti-semetic. And how bad can it go from there? Well, very bad…

If this takes place before the super delegates fight at the convention, well, then the Clinton-Loyal super delegates will finally have the excuse they need to support her over him, despite his leading delegate count. You see, they can't "in good conscience" give their votes for someone whose views on racism and anti-antisemitism have "so many questions around them". Better to be safe than sorry, they will say, and they will vote for Hillary anyway, who no one can ever accuse her of being antisemitic (Senator of New York, hellooooooo). And even if that doesn't happen, even if the super delegates give Obama the nomination, this will surely be used by McCain in the general election. And after all, Israel is the US number #1 ally in the war on terror, so do we want someone leading the war who could harbor towards Israel the same views that the terrorists have against it? Does that seem like the kind of person you want to trust with America's national security? Huh, does it?

You know it would work. 

That Speech

The Video of the speech is here

The text of the speech is here

Grouchy rightwing response here

Andrew Sullivan drooling here 

and a bunch of US liberals having a full body orgasm upon hearing the speech here

Me? Well, I liked it. It was a good speech and Obama is a terrific politician. However, I do wonder if people would be talking about how great this speech was if (and yes I am going there) Obama was white, his pastor was white and his pastor's remarks were sometimes racist against blacks. Saying that black racism is a reality and part of the african-american experience is true, because, let's face it, we are all racist to one degree or another. The flaw is, however, that we do try to disavow that. That while we do recognize that racism has been part of our experience growing – not just the african-american experience-, we also recognize that its bad and that we should try our hardest not be this way, and even shunning it when we can. Obama is not saying that. He is saying that it's part of the African-American experience and that he can not disavow that anymore than disavowing the entire black community. I would find this personally troubling if I were a US voter. Other people don't seem to for some reason. They also don't seem botherd with the idea that this is the man who introduced him to christianity, that this is the man who baptized and spiritually guides his daughters and this is the man that he won't cut out of his life, no matter what. I mean Hagee was equally shit but McCain isn't running around saying "I can't disavow this man, he is my spiritual guide and I will keep him around because, well, he comes from a difficult background and therefore his views are not excusable, but understandable". Hell, he would be eviscerated for it, no?

As for arab obamaniacs, I wonder how they felt towards his shout out towards Israel and his summation of the Palestine-Israel conflict of it being a product of Radical Islam and Radical Islam alone. If they paid attention, then the honeymoon is over, but they didn't, which is why their support is still incredibly funny!

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