March 17, 2008

TUCC’s Church Bulletins from July 2007 Probably Make Whether Obama Was Present on July 22 Irrelevant

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:57 pm

APRIL 17, 1 p.m.: Welcome to Campaign Spot readers! There’s more bulletin fun:
- Here (March 26) — “Another Bulletin Bomb from Obama’s Pastor, Plus Helpful Campaign Assistance from BizzyBlog”
- and Here (April 14) — “Per Rev. Wright: Jefferson a Pedophile AND Rapist, Washington Also Fathered a Slave Child”

APRIL 17, 2:30 p.m.: Welcome, Kossacks, to “this right-wing hit job,” otherwise known as “telling the truth about someone that lefties would rather not have revealed.” And thanks to Hillary Clinton for telling the 10 million or so who tuned into last night’s debate mutual meltdown that Barack Obama’s 20-year pastor and mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright of the Trinity United Church of Christ, was, “giving the church bulletin over to the leader of Hamas to put a message in.” Because he did (well, maybe not “the” leader, but “one of the top leaders”). Boo-yah.

APRIL 17, 7:45 p.m.: Video and commentary –”Hillary Clinton Channels March BizzyBlog Wright-TUCC Bulletin Post”

March 19: Welcome to LGF readers and others. Don’t miss this new development: “Obama: It Looks Like There’s More Where Wright Came From,” about a certain James Meeks.

March 20: WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein (HT YID With LID) linked in and wrote — “Obama church published Hamas terror manifesto; Compares charter calling for murder of Jews to Declaration of Independence.”

March 20: Church Bulletin Bonus: Omid Safi and the Progressive Muslim Union (PMU)

March 20: By popular demand, click here or on the mini-pic below to get to the JPEG containing the two-page column by Hamas terrorist Mousa Abu Marzook:



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OVERVIEW: A thorough review of the anti-Bush, antiwar, anti-white, and pro-Palestinian “tenor and tone” of the “Pastor’s Pages” section of the weekly online bulletins published by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ during July 2007, and a more cursory look at nearly 100 other issues of that bulletin dating back to late 2004, show that the types of opinions and statements Barack Obama now characterizes as “unacceptable and inexcusable” — ones that he claims not to have been aware of until around the time he declared his presidential candidacy — have been a staple of the church’s overall Sunday presentation for at least several years, and would have been nearly impossible for an active church member to avoid hearing and/or seeing. The July 22, 2007 bulletin even gave two full pages of space to a known Hamas terrorist.


There appears to be some controversy about these paragraphs in a Newsmax report about a sermon given by the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright (hmm — I wonder what would happen if I started calling him “Reverend JAWs”?).

The following excerpt contains the article’s first two paragraphs, followed by a passage from about halfway through:

Presidential candidate Barack Obama preaches on the campaign trail that America needs a new consensus based on faith and bipartisanship, yet he continues to attend a controversial Chicago church whose pastor routinely refers to “white arrogance” and “the United States of White America.”

In fact, Obama was in attendance at the church when these statements were made on July 22. …..

Bush’s Bulls–t

Wright’s strong sentiments were echoed in the Sunday morning service attended by NewsMax.

Wright laced into America’s establishment, blaming the “white arrogance” of America’s Caucasian majority for the woes of the world, especially the oppression suffered by blacks. To underscore the point he refers to the country as the “United States of White America.” Many in the congregation, including Obama, nodded in apparent agreement as these statements were made.

The sermon also addressed the Iraq war, a frequent area of Wright’s fulminations.

“Young African-American men,” Wright thundered, were “dying for nothing.” The “illegal war,” he shouted, was “based on Bush’s lies” and is being “fought for oil money.”

In a sermon filled with profanity, Wright also blamed the war on “Bush administration bulls–t.”

The Obama campaign now claims that the service NewsMax reporter Jim Davis attended was not the one that took place on July 22. The Democratic presidential candidate appeared in Miami on the afternoon of the 22nd (video here), had “an appearance” that morning in Chicago, and may not have had time to attend any of the Trinity United Church of Christ’s services that day.

But whether Obama was there on July 22 doesn’t really matter. Obama likely attended other services in July 2007 (in fact, I saw somewhere that the campaign has acknowledged as much; NewsMax insists that it’s so). I have also obtained all five of the TUCC’s online bulletins published in July 2007. Based on my review of them, I believe it’s more than likely that the Iraq War would have been a topic in a Wright sermon at least two and possibly more other times in that month alone.

Pages 10-11 of the “Pastor’s Page” section of the July 15 bulletin contains a two-page anti-Bush, screed by Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. (pictured here), that was apparently originally published somewhere on June 20, 2007 (curiously, every “Pastor’s Page” page reads “Sermons copyrighted by Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr.”). Here are a couple of Mr. Hendricks’s more choice comments:

  • “(Bush is) a man who has shown a frightening disdain for the sanctity of human life for the entirety of his career in elective office.
  • He …… sent thousands of Americans to their deaths based on lies and knowing deception …”

Clearly, this article by Mr. Obery could have been used as a starting point for the Rev. Wright in his live sermon that day.

Then there’s July 8. In his “Pastor’s Pages” at Page 9, the Rev. Wright helpfully introduces an article on “Progressive Muslims” by one Omid Safi by telling us (bold is mine; pictured here):

Most of our members do not know that my Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School was in the area of Islam in West Africa during the 19th Century — when the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade was at its zenith. Islam has as many manifestations as Christianity and Judaism, but most Americans are only fed a media diet on Islam as it relates to the “war on terror” and the Palestinian muslim problem in the “state” of Israel.

The quote marks are the Rev. Wright’s, not mine.

After Safi’s article, there follows on Page 11 a “Pastoral Letter on the Iraq War,” introduced as follows (bold is mine):

This pastoral letter, written by the Presidents of the United Church of Christ Related Seminaries, the Officers of the United Church of Christ, and the 39 Conference Ministers of the United Church of Christ was read in our Worship Service last Sunday, on the July 4 weekend.

That would mean it was read on the previous Sunday, July 1.

Here’s how it begins, followed by a couple of other excerpts:

The war in Iraq is now in its fifth year. Justified as a means to end oppression, this war has imposed the new oppression of terror on the people of Iraq.

….. Tens of thousands more innocent Iraqi lives are daily being offered on the altar of preemptive war and sectarian violence…. In our name human rights have been violated, abuse and torture sanctioned, civil liberties dismantled, Iraqi infrastructure and lives destroyed.

In sum (including Wright’s intro), the “war on terror,” carried in quotes, is the equivalent of John Edwards’s bumper sticker; the US military is the terrorist oppressor; and tens of thousands are being killed and injured daily.

(Lest anyone think that there is universal agreement in the national UCC about the contents of the letter, check out the comments at the page where the pastoral letter was initially published.)

More to the point, the fact that Iraq was a dominant issue in the bulletin, and the “significance” of the pastoral letter, make it pretty likely that the Rev. Wright discussed Iraq in his inimitable way on July 1, July 8, or both.

We could also visit the July 29 bulletin, in which the Rev. Wright bizarrely introduces an article (pictured here) about Paris Hilton’s alleged “conversion” (not …. kidding) as an example of “21st Century white distortions” and “arrogance.”

Oh, and what did Obama miss on the 22nd if he indeed didn’t attend TUCC that day, pick up its bulletin, or read the bulletin online? Why, in the “Pastor’s Pages” that day, there was a reprint of “A Fresh View of the Palestinian Struggle” (pictured here). This article’s original appearance in the Los Angeles Times provoked justifiable howls of outrage. You see, author Mousa Abu Marzook is the deputy of the political bureau of Hamas, the Islamic Resistance Movement. That is, he is either a spokesman for terrorists and/or a terrorist himself. The Investigative Project goes with the latter conclusion, as does the government. The Rev. Wright apparently had no problem with reproducing the writings of a terrorist who, “during his tenure in the US ….. created an extensive network to support HAMAS’ terrorist activities.” Nice.

Now what was that Barack Obama said to Major Garrett on Friday? Oh, this:

And so you know, I think that the statements that have been strung together are compiled out of, you know, hundred of sermons that he delivered over the course of his lifetime. But, obviously, they are ones that are, from my perspective, completely unacceptable and inexcusable.

And if I had thought that that was the tenor or tone on an ongoing basis of his sermons, then, yes, I don’t think that it would have been reflective of my values or my faith experience.

So we’re supposed to believe that Barack Obama picked up none of the clearly objectionable July material described in this post — let alone what the Rev. Wright might have said.

And this is only from one month. I have in my possession almost 100 other TUCC online bulletins dating as far back as December 2004. Although I haven’t read every issue’s “Pastor’s Pages” word for word, I have seen enough to be confident that July 2007 was not an atypical month — and that Barack and Michelle Obama would have to have been deaf, dumb, and blind on an “ongoing basis” to not have picked up a continual stream of what is, and remains, in Barack Obama’s own words, “completely unacceptable and inexcusable.”

Yet they continued to attend. Draw your own conclusions.


UPDATE: The howls in the Buckeye leftosphere provide confirmation that paydirt is indeed being struck. I would link, but really, guys, how about some substantive rebuttals, instead of relentless and occasionally profane name-calling? They sure don’t like it when someone’s or some church’s own words are merely played back, do they? Someone also ought to get with them about the concept of deferred posts.

UPDATE 2: A TUCC Online Bulletin is typically a 30-40 page document of pretty significant size (400K – 2MB), so I haven’t yet uploaded any of them to my host or linked to any of them (assuming they can still be linked to :–>). The “Pastor’s Pages” portion of each bulletin usually takes up three or more of those. Given the scrutiny, I’ll either be doing that or providing some JPEGs of what I referred to in this post.

Blogger Patterico Calls Out LA Times Coverage of Obama-Wright

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:05 am

Lead Los Angeles Times scold Patrick Frey, aka Patterico, ripped into the Times’s Saturday story on Barack Obama and the sermons of Trinity United Church of Christ Pastor Jeremiah Wright, giving us yet another reason to be thankful for New Media:

Patterico accurately notes the following (bold and italics are in original):

(The Times) downplays the 20-year relationship Obama has had with the pastor, and fails to report or accurately describe the most incendiary things Wright has said. For example, the article doesn’t even bother to tell readers that Wright screamed “God damn America!” in a sermon, or that Wright suggested America deserved to get attacked on September 11. Nor does the article tell readers any details regarding the intimacy of the relationship between Wright and Obama.

A reader unfamiliar with the facts will come away with exactly the impression that Obama wants to convey: that 1) Wright is nothing more than the pastor of Obama’s church; 2) Wright has merely spoken forcefully about racism in this country; and 3) McCain has had a similar problem in being linked to a religious figure with objectionable views.

Well, gee then, what’s the big deal??

….. (The article) says merely that Wright “drew parallels between the tragedy of the Sept. 11 attacks and the suffering of blacks through years of American history.” Wright did much more than that; he suggested that this country deserved to be attacked on September 11. In his first sermon after September 11, he mocked the idea that we would be “indignant” about the attacks, screaming out: “America’s chickens are coming home to roost.” You can view the footage in Brian Ross’s report on Rev. Wright here.

The editors know that this statement by Wright is poisonous to Obama’s campaign — but somehow, they don’t get around to mentioning it.

….. Obama’s campaign must be thrilled with the “scrutiny” of this L.A. Times article.

Other things that Patterico didn’t mention in Scott Martelle’s report (I’m not going to say he missed them, because when it comes to monitoring the Times, he misses very little) include these:

  • The mandatory “mean Republicans will jump on this” citation — “‘It’s the kind of thing that in the general election the Republicans will really work him over on,’ (Clinton Democratic strategist David) Doak said.”
  • An attempt to equate a controversy over a supporter’s previous statements to one over a pastor and 20-year mentor — Martelle spent six paragraphs on John McCain’s endorsement by San Antonio-based pastor John Hagee. McCain, in case Martelle forgot, is from Arizona, doesn’t attend Hagee’s church, hasn’t called him a “mentor,” and hasn’t written a book whose title was inspired by the preacher.
  • Holding more bad news which should have been at least mentioned earlier in the piece until the very end — news, reported by the Chicago Tribune, that longtime Obama fundraiser and now-indicted Tony Rezko had raised a great deal more money for Obama than previously thought.

It is coverage like that seen in the Times, which in this case I would call a “Wright-wash,” that makes one grateful for New Media watchdogs like Patterico.

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: Speaking of Wright-washing…..

UPDATE 2: NewsBusters’ Tim Graham documents pervasive Old Media Wright-washing.

Who Wrote This About BOOHOO? (Update: Effusive Praise for Wright, in June 2007)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:31 am

The author is perhaps engaging in premature e-celebration, but that’s not the fun part:

The skinny kid with the funny name from Hawaii had a great run. By forcing all four other candidates off the ballot, including the woman who had reached out to help him, he maneuvered his way into the Illinois State Legislature. There, he found a found an extortionist and money launderer who channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions his way, while helping land a plum real estate deal. Then, in spite of an undistinguished career in the state legislature where he repeatedly pushed the wrong button on votes, he found another backer in the Illinois Senate who funneled dozens of bills his way to sponsor — even though others had done the groundwork for years and were thus robbed of the recognition they deserved — thus padding Obama’s credentials for a national Senate run, in exchange for Obama later pushing through $300 million of earmarks in return.

Once in the Senate, he found a couple of other prominent supporters who were anxious to tear down the Clintons and, lo and behold, the first term Senator was running for president, in spite of earlier promising he would complete his first term and admitting he was too inexperienced to seek national office.

And, the funny thing is, he came so close.

The fun part is where it’s found (HT Hot Air).

The author may be ahead of himself, as Allah suggests, but if the Wright situation continues to stay out front, it’s not inconceivable that the candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) will melt down as few others have.


UPDATE: So much for “distancing” after he announced his candidacy. This YouTube vid (HT NewsBusters via LGF) shows Obama praising his pastor in somewhat-emotional terms — in June 2007.

Monthly Treasury Statement Comes in as a Clunker

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:06 am

As I expected on March 6, February’s Monthly Treasury Statement came in showing a huge monthly deficit:


Receipts are not keeping pace. Since April 2007 was an alltime record collections month that will not be duplicated this year, I expect that year-to-date collections will be less than the previous year two months from now.

Meanwhile, spending is stuck on stupid, and is the primary why February’s deficit was so high. Double-digit increases aren’t sustainable, even in the best of economies.

This causes me to remind you of BizzyBlog’s accountability assignment in the wake of the 2006 elections:

Almost any fiscal measures passed by the new Congress when it convenes in January, unless they are retroactive, will not have any effect on the economy until the next fiscal year that begins in October 2007 (except for tax increases, which would in all likelihood cause a negative reaction in the stock market and the investment community). Therefore, almost any economic good news that is reported until the end of September, 2007 should properly be attributed to actions taken by Congress and the President in 2006 and previous years.

It follows that responsibility for the results in the 12 months that will end on September 30, 2008 will be shared by Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and George W. Bush. So far, the three of them aren’t doing too well, and the first two want to spend more (lots more), and tax more (which won’t bring about the collection increases expected). Yikes.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (031708)

I find it more than a little annoying that leading African-American ministers — and this would, from all appearances, include the currently controversial Jeremiah Wright, who has been/was the minister at the church frequently attended by the candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama) — support, or at least condone, abortion rights.

So it would be interesting to get the Rev. Wright’s reax to this:

Planned Parenthood of Idaho officials apologized Wednesday for what they called an employee’s “serious mistake” in encouraging a donation aimed at aborting black babies.

They also criticized The Advocate, a right-to-life student magazine at the University of California-Los Angeles, for trying to discredit Planned Parenthood employees in seven states in a series of tape-recorded phone calls last summer.

The whining about entrapment rings very hollow.

It would appear that Planned Parenthood has not completely escaped its eugenics-oriented past. Even if it thinks it has, the real-world result of abortion on demand in the US is that a disproportionate number of babies aborted is African-American:

Black women were 4.8 times more likely than non-Hispanic white women to have abortions in 2005, according to a January report by the Guttmacher Institute. African Americans made up 12.3 percent of the United States population, according to the 2000 census, but black women had 36.3 percent of the abortions that same year, the Centers for Disease Control reported.

Based on this reality, no wonder Alveda King, niece of the late civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., says that “Abortion is a racist, genocidal act.”

Where’s the Rev. Wright’s outrage against the white-dominated Planned Parenthood (yes, I know about her; PP is still white-dominated)? Their accomplishment of preventing the birth of roughly 12-15 million African-American babies since Roe v. Wade is something Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret “Negro Project” Sanger could only dream of. In fact, if the Rev. Wright is looking for the “KKK of A,” he should begin his search at Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters.


This story is not getting the attention it deserves:

….. The government now counts more than 700 reports of serious side effects among Heparin users, and perhaps as many as 21 deaths. A leading American maker, Baxter International Inc., has recalled virtually all of its Heparin products in the United States, and companies in Germany and Japan have recalled their Heparin products.

A major focus of Heparin investigators is why the recalled products contained a contaminant that mimicked the drug’s key ingredient. Investigators are also exploring whether the possible counterfeit was responsible for the bad reactions.

Since the key ingredient came from China, the scare has rekindled fears about the integrity of exports from China and the adequacy of inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, prompting congressional hearings.

“I don’t think the pharmaceutical industry knows what it’s doing in China, and I don’t think the U.S. government knows what it’s doing in China,” said Michael Santoro, a Rutgers University business professor who has written about the drug industry’s business in China.

It so happens that over 20 years ago I was on the annual audit of a small company that, among other things, produced this drug. The FDA was a frequent onsite visitor, as was the company’s principal customer. I find it hard to imagine that accidental or deliberate product imperfections would not have been caught by one of the three parties (company, FDA, or customer) well before any product was shipped to hospitals. So I’m more than a little perturbed that the Chinese-produced product is not acceptable.


“You Don’t Say” items of the day:

  • “Saddam supported at least two al-Qaeda groups: Pentagon” (the primary coverage is at the Weekly Standard; Headline is from Hot Air, whose new arrival “Captain Ed” Morrissey also pitches in) — of course Old Media reported the opposite.
  • “Harvard economists’ study: Media’s anti-war rhetoric emboldens Iraqi insurgents” (Coverage is at US News; headline and analysis at Hot Air, to which Captain Ed has brought additional gravitas; original study abstract is here). It was during Vietnam when the Left starting claiming, contrary to thousands of years of human history, that antiwar protests and rhetoric didn’t matter. Of course it did, and still does. If the enemy is emboldened, it increases the dangers for our soldiers, and the likelihood that our soldiers will be injured or die. It is not a stretch to say that the Left, and the Old Media outlets that carry its water, have blood on their hands.

Rabenold Was Supported by a COASTer

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

This is disappointing (courtesy of Google cache about a week ago; I believe it’s no longer accessible; HT to an anonymous tipster):


Chris Finney is a co-founder of the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes. The payday lending “industry,” in which defeated 35th District State Rep candidate John Rabenold has worked, and which he still represents, extracts what is in effect a huge ignorance tax from the middle- and lower-middle income people it mis-serves on a daily basis.

The fact that Rabenold pledged no new taxes on the citizens of the state is a “big whoop,” given that his main opponent showed no inclination to push for higher taxes, and has none of the robber-baron baggage Rabenold would have brought to the Statehouse. In fact, the first issue position on winner Ron Maag’s home page is “Favors lower taxes, less government.” (Third-place finisher Grace Kendrick’s positions, on the other hand, appeared to be tailor-made to create the “need” for tax increases.)

Rabenold surely made another pledge. That would have been to his fellow industry members, namely that he would do everything in his power to keep the ignorance taxes flowing.

Finney’s attachment of his name to John Rabenold’s campaign is a sad reversion to the type of poor judgment I thought COAST had left behind when it helped engineer the defeat of Hamilton County’s jail tax last fall.

Maybe the group should focus on issues and initiatives, and forget about picking candidates. Their roster of the flawed and/or failed (Bob McEwen, Nate Noy, Phil Heimlich, and now Rabenold) is embarrassing.

Positivity: Guatemala Man Has Hole In Skull Repaired

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Sacramento, California:

Sutter Roseville Center Worked With Donations To Patch Hole
Feb 26, 2008 11:40 pm

It was the night of Christian Salguero’s 31st birthday when he was shot eight times during a carjacking in Guatemala. Most of the bullets went into his skull, creating a big hole. He ended up going blind in his right eye and deaf in one ear.

“I have this hole, I looked horrible, didn’t feel good when I [saw] myself in the mirror,” Christian said.

Christian says doctors in Guatemala sewed him up, but his brain had no protection and it left a visible dent in his head. Shortly after the October shooting, Christian came to Sacramento to stay with his aunt and uncle.

Luckily, his aunt worked for a neurosurgeon at Sutter-Roseville, and that’s how this medical miracle began.

“When he got off the plane, I realized that this is something we did in our office,” said Laura Salguero, Christian’s aunt.

Doctor Barry Cherazi says the three hour surgery wouldn’t have been possible without generous donations, including Radiological Associates in Sacramento, which provided a CAT scan for free.

Then, a Pennsylvania medical device company created a model of Christian’s skull in order to make a $10,000 implant fit perfectly.

“This defect prevent him from socializing, getting a job… hopefully from what little we did here, he can pick up the pieces,” said Dr. Cherazi. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.