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In one of most egregious speeches made by President Bill Clinton before an African American congregation while he was in office, was the one in which he claimed to have personally witnessed the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963. Clinton, who would have been 17 years old at the time, was in Hope, Arkansas when the attack happened. Not all whoppers are hamburgers. But this type of whopper is more popular with political candidates than those from Burger King.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney claimed that he watched his father (former Michigan governor George Romney) march with Martin Luther King. Yet the Romney Campaign has been unable to offer any evidence to support Romney's claim. Recently he admitted the statement was "figurative." (The word "figurative" is an upscale millionaire's synonym for "lie," or for "...he woulda if he coulda." In poor man's rhetoric, a lie is simply a lie. You either did it or you didn't. Marching with Martin Luther King in the spirit is not marching with Martin Luther King. It's claiming you did something you didn't do. That's the type of thing America's only black president, Bill Clinton, claimed to have done and, time after time when he got caught in his lie, the media simply gave him a pass.

Over the weekend someone started a rumor which purportedly came from the Thompson camp. Fred Thompson, according to the rumor, supposedly said if he didn't do well in Iowa he was going to throw in the towel and back McCain.It would appear on the surface that the McCain camp wouldn't have started the rumor. Huckabee? He was the big winner in Iowa,logic would also suggest that the Huckster was not too concerned about Thompson who was not making enough waves in Iowa to swamp anyone in that race. That only left Romney since he appeared to be the only candidate who was concerned about Thompson when you look at the national numbers.

Or at least, that's what it was supposed to look like. In reality, the plot was hatched between Huckabee and McCain to "knock off Romney" in New Hampshire. The plot appears to have been hatched by Huckabee to get rid of the rich guy, making it easier for him to knock of McCain on Super Tuesday where his only real competition would be Thompson and McCain. (Huckebee won't view Rudy Giuliani as a threat until they hit the large, union-controlled industrial States and perhaps Florida.) Romney, unfortunately helped create the appearance of guilt by jumping in and hiring Thompson's Maryland Campaign director the morning the rumor surfaced. Upset by the report, Thompson angrily responded that he was in the race until the last day. I suspect Thompson—like me and most people who watch the race through the spectacles of logic and not candidate passion—thought Romney was the logical pick as the guy who started the Iowa rumors. But the rumor-monger was "honest" Mike Huckabee.

Rev. Huckabee should be smart enough to know that once he gets into the real world where people are not only computer literate but actually research the candidates instead of buying the media hype, Huckabee is going to be revealed as the social liberal parasite he's been for years. For some reason, politicians believe they can deny their recorded words and accuse their detractors of making up stories about them when their past inconsistencies are dredged up for all the world to see and hear. Huckabee won Iowa because respected but misguided Christian pastors forgot that politics is about politics, and chose to reduce the politics of Iowa into a Baptist-Mormon debate. Looking only at those two men—and their moral character and integrity—I think if God was voting in Iowa, He would have cast his vote for Mitt Romney and not Mike Huckabee.

Myself, had I been voting in Iowa, I would have cast my vote for Fred Thompson. In my mind, he has the type of character president's require. As a US Senator, Thompson made a career-changing decision to expose Chinagate and the financing of the 1996 Clinton-Gore Campaign by the People's Liberation Army of the People's Republic of China.

When he began his investigation, Thompson thought he was dealing only with a dishonest president, his ambitious wife (who is still has a penchant for illegal foreign money) and a dishonest Vice President who was independently taking money from Chinese Intelligence from 1988 when he battled Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis for the Democratic nomination. Gore dropped out of the race with a massive campaign debt. He received a contribution from a communist agent, Maria Hsia and was invited to go on a fact-finding trip to Indonesia funded by Mochtar Riady (who also funded the Clintons in 1984). Gore's trip to Indonesia included a stopover in Taiwan where he visited Master Hsing Yun of the Fo Kuang Shan Buddhist Monastery (which was the headquarters for Red China's spy system in Taiwan). The Thompson Committee Report noted that when Gore returned from Taiwan Maria Hsia began doing fund-raisers for Gore to retire his debt. It was in Taiwan where the Buddhist monastery "community outreaches" were created to provide laundered Chinese contributions for Gore's planned presidential run in 1992.

Much to Thompson's surprise, when he launched his investigation, he ran into as much opposition from Republicans as he did from Democrats. The Chinese government's funding of liberal Senators (both Democrat and Republican) through Sen. Alan Cranston [D-CA] began in 1984. Cranston was the recipient of millions of dollars of laundered Chinese yuan as the head the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. The Chinese were determined to defeat Ronald Reagan in 1984 and increase the social progressives' grip on both Houses of Congress. (As a reporter prior to World War II, Cranston authored an abridged version of Mein Kampf—deleting Hitler's anti-Semitism to make him appear human. Hitler sued him for copyright infringement and won. In 1945 Cranston, who was now more socialist than fascist, wrote a book entitled "The Killing of Peace," arguing the United States was responsible for all world tension because they refused to join the League of Nations.) Financed by Chinese money, Cranston jumped into the presidential race in 1984, becoming the first announced candidate in 1983. He lost the race for the nomination to Walter Mondale who, with running mate Geraldine Ferraro. lost to Reagan in the biggest electoral upset since James Monroe won all but one electoral vote against John Quincy Adams in 1816.

Thompson exposed the graft in the Clinton Administration, but only the Washington Times, Insight on the News, American Spectator and Newsmax magazine gave the story full court press. They became the foundation of what Hillary Clinton labeled the "vast right wing conspiracy." The mainstream liberal media lightly covered the Thompson Committee hearings and the evidence produced by Larry Klayman who was, at that time, the general counsel of Judicial Watch. But, as usual, the liberal media covered the story like they cover any story that makes their side look evil. In the end, while they had enough evidence to convict the Clintons of accepting money from a foreign government, Congress decided to impeach the president over a semen-stained blue dress. Thompson lost his taste for the good ol boys on the Hill and decided not to seek a second term in the US Senate.

Why is he running for President? Because when you want to fix a system that is broken, you can only fix it from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue since the keys to the bureaucracy are held not by Congress but in the Oval Office which tacitly controls it since the unelected 4th branch of government is part of the Executive Branch of government. In actuality, the bureaucracy is more controlled by the views of the Council on Foreign Relations than by their constitutional bosses—the Secretaries who are appointed by the President but must kiss the royal behinds of Senators in order to be confirmed for their jobs. That's why so many of the second tier bureaucrats seem to float so easily from Democrat to Republican administrations and, effortlessly, back to Democratic regimes.

Hillary Clinton, who is for-and-against pulling troops from Iraq—depending on her audience—has a leaflet circulating in New Hampshire that promises that "...Hillary will begin immediate phased withdrawal [from Iraq] with a definite timetable to bring our troops home." Yet, in Iowa, the Clinton rhetoric was slightly different. In Iowa the Senator did not think it's wise to commit to bringing US troops home before the end of her second term. (What you can steal once, you can steal more easily a second time.) Hillary's mistake was promising the voters an "experienced Clinton," and, at the same time, something "new" in Washington. It was an oxymoron Iowa just didn't understand.

She came in third. I was wishing that Dennis Kucinich beat her, too. That would have made Iowa worth the TV coverage.

For all of you history buffs, when President Bill Clinton sent US troops to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1995, he promised that he would have the troops home by Christmas. Twelve Christmases have passed and the troops are still there. Yet you don't hear the antiwar groups complaining about those troops, or the troops who have been along the 38th parallel in Korea for 57 years.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden claims to his supporters that, in 1979, he led a delegation of 19 senators who negotiated the START II agreement with Leonid Brezhnev. (It was actually a follow-up on the SALT II meetings after the Treaty was signed,) Biden was part of a senatorial delegation, not the State Department delegation that actually negotiated the treaties.) Biden's group did not meet with Brezhnev, but with Prime Minister Alexei Kosygin whose job it was to meet with nuisance bureaucrats. And, there were only six senators in the group, not 19.

What Biden and his group were doing was haggling with the Soviets over a couple of minor points before the Democratically-controlled Senate would agree to ratify the Salt II Treaty that was already signed by Brezhnev and Jimmy Carter. When Biden returned to Washington, the Senate ratified the Treaty which was never signed by the Soviets—even though the United States abided by its terms. It was not until George W. Bush took office that anyone realized that the Soviets had never signed it. Since a one-sided treaty is not a treaty, Bush announced he was going to proceed with Reagan's nuclear umbrella. At that point Vladimir Putin hurriedly signed the treaty that the Soviets had not observed for 22 years. As it tuirned out, Joe Biden's committee and the worst president in the history of the United States, Jimmy Carter, signed a one-sided treaty that obligated only the United States to reduce its nuclear defense system. Yup, Biden's really qualified to lead the nation. In my view, he's barely qualified to handle a Whopper—the hamburger.

The least qualified—or rather, the only completely unqualified candidate for President—former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, noted to the media that he is "...probably one of the four or five best known Americans in the world." If Giuliani believes being well known qualifies him to be the leader of the free world, then he is obligated to believe that Paris Hilton and Britany Spears—both of whom are much more well known than him—will also be qualified to be President if they don't die of drug overdoses before they reach 36-years of age since the average idiot on the street will recognize their names before Giuliani's. Considering only political people, Giuliani still falls far below almost every GOP candidate on the recognition scale—even Ron Paul who, prior to this election season, was a virtually unknown Texas congressman who was known only by the anti-IRS, anti-Fed far right conservatives who remembered him as a renegade Libertarian presidential candidate in 1988—whose campaign went no-where fast. This time around, Paul, who is polled 11% in Iowa, and is polling around 8% nationwide, still polls better than Giuliani who is polling around 6%. Paul will outlast Giuliani only because when you only came along for the ride, you're going to enjoy the ride as long as it lasts because it fills the scrap book with pleasant memories the grandchildren will enjoy after you're gone.

Presidential contender John McCain seems to believe that the Constitution placed a Christian litmus test on the theology of the candidate even though Article VI affirms that "...no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." I wish I could believe that was part of the Constitution, since the Islamic litmus test is mandated by every Muslim nation in the world. And since it was radical Islam that declared war on the United States in 1993 when Osama bin Laden declared war after the first World Trade Center bombing. Bin Laden affirmed that Islam was determined to destroy America after claiming credit for the destruction of the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11, 2001. Where Bill Clinton ignored the threat between swings on the gold course in 1993 and asked the FBI to investigate, George W. Bush took the threat seriously and asked the US Marines and the US Army's 10th Mountain Division to have a personal chat with the Taliban about the matter. Yes, I wish McCain was right because it would make it difficult for those whose moral compass points in a different direction than America's to be elected to the nation's highest office. He wasn't.

When they announced their intention to seek the job, probably the only candidates less well known—but far more qualified for the job of President—were Congressmen Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter. The least known of all the candidates on both sides (who have held elective office) is Maurice "Mike" Gravel [D-AK], the former US Senator who gave the top secret Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.

Even after being burned for his religious missteps, Baptist preacher and former liberal GOP Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee told reporters that "...most of the Founding Fathers were clergymen." Of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, only one—John Witherspoon—was a clergyman. Four others were former clergymen or church deacons. It appears that only one signer of the Constitution was a clergyman. Most were prominent landowners, members of parliament or the American aristocracy.

Surprisingly, the Christian right in Iowa, which apparently prefers to take people on "faith" rather than check what is so easy to check on the Internet, took the Huckster at face value. Although he has denied it, videos of Huckabee speeches prove that while he was governor, he tried to convert Arkansas in an educational Amnestyville for illegals by forcing the taxpayers of the State to foot the bill for college educations for illegal aliens while the children of many of those taxpayers could not afford to go to college—and wouldn't be eligible for the grants that would let illegals be educated at the expense of those who could not send their own children to college.

Ron Paul made a NAFTA comment that qualified as a whopper simply because the Congressman doesn't read the bills he doesn't sign. "They don't talk about the NAFTA superhighway," he said, "and they may not admit it, but there's been money spent on it." Paul's statement implies that US taxpayer money has been spent to expand I-35 into the ten-lane Supercorridor. In point of fact, the expansion of I-35 into a Supercorridor is financed by private money, not taxpayer dollars. When the Associated Press queried the Federal Highway Administration, they honestly replied that no such supercorridor was being planned by the federal government. It isn't. Anyone who has read the Council on Foreign Relations reports on the Supercorridor know it is being constructed entirely from private funds and not taxpayer dollars. But, make no mistake—it is being built.

Former Democratic presidential nominee and US Senator John Kerry's running mate, John Edwards—who came in second in Iowa—made a completely accurate statement about NAFTA that has also been manipulated by the media. Edwards correctly noted that "...NAFTA...has cost us millions of jobs." The Washington Post poophahed Edwards statement as a "whopper" because the Bush-43 Administration has performed a commendable feat in job creation over the past 8 years. The Post noted that "...According to nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, NAFTA has little impact on aggregate employment in the United States."

But that does not change the fact that millions of jobs have left the country as US factories were boarded up and the jobs those factories provided ended up in in Mexico, Indonesia, Canada or China. In addition, the media reports, while talking glowingly about job growth, neglected to mention the incomes of the jobs lost and those created. Lost were middle income jobs. Created were Mickey-D jobs. Edwards was correct. But that doesn't mean I'd like to see an ambulance chaser in the White House. Edwards became a millionaire filing class action lawsuits in which he pocketed the cash settlements and the class action plaintiffs got coupons or discounts—or nothing. In the tobacco industry lawsuit, the States sued for reimbursement of money's paid in health claims or lost wages. Edwards earned millions—and the "victims," (the smokers) ended up paying 100% of the bill in increased costs for the cigarettes they smoke.

We need a President in the White House, and legislators in Congress that will enact meaningful tort reform that prevents class action lawyers from attempting to build cases through TV ads; and preventing what amount to national lawsuits that are filed in county courts with histories of awarding unwarranted, obscene judgments. While Edwards claims he's the champion of the working class, he's telling his own Whopper. Because In his world, the working class is simply the meal ticket he preys on. Edwards is the last man who would ever champion tort reform and Edwards is the last man—except for Barack Obama—who should ever reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Hillary's key opponent in Iowa and New Hampshire, Barack Obama, decided to play to his African-American constituency by erroneously saying "...I don't want to wake up four years from now and discover that we still have more young black men in prison than in college."He should have checked his facts before speaking. Due to the self-perpetuating affirmative action programs, according to the US Census Bureau and the Bureau of Justice statistics, there are far more young black men in college than there are in America's prisons..

And finally, New Mexico governor Bill Richardson—who courts the lobbyists for the environmentalists—made the statement that "...New Mexico is the only State that follows the Kyoto Protocol." Aside from the fact, that the US Senate flatly rejected the Kyoto Protocol, New Mexico won't even come close to meeting its dangerous-to-our-economy pollution standards until 2012.

The media claims that when candidates tell whoppers the blogsphere is generally all over them in minutes, and within an hour or two, the reality is posted on the Internet, suggesting by that statement that liberal candidates don't knowingly tell falsehoods. False statements can embarrass or ridicule the candidates, and generally, the media reminds us, false statements can end political careers. We wish.

Barack Obama was born and raised Islamic not only by his Kenyan Muslim father, but also by his Wahabbi Muslim stepfather. He was trained in a Wahabbi school which means his ingrained views of Jews—and Gentiles—are extreme. A camera which caught Obama on the political stage during a fund raiser for Sen. Tom Harkin in Iowa with presidential candidates Bill Richardson and Hillary Clinton. Obama shows his lack of respect to this nation during the singing of the National Anthem. Angered that the photo was released (and because the reporter erroneously stated the photo was taken during the Pledge of Allegiance rather than the singing of the national anthem, Obama said: "This is the classic dirty trick. This was not the Pledge of Allegiance. The woman was singing the Star Spangled Banner."

As a sign of respect to their nation, many Americans place their hand over their heart wen the National Anthem is played as well as when they recite the Pledge. In his case, Obama said "...I was taught by my grandfather that you put your hands over your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance. The Star Spangled Banner, you sing." Only, when you look at the photo, its very clear that Obama is not singing.

All the time he was around either his father or stepfather, Obama was either in Hawaii or Indonesia. Thus, neither his paternal grandfather nor the father of his stepfather would have tutored him on placing his hand over his heart during the US Pledge of Allegiance, nor the singing the American Star Spangled Banner. Most Indonesian homes don't say the Pledge or sing the US national anthem. And while Hawaii had been a State for three years before Obama was born, logic suggests its not likely an atheist mother and an Islamic Kenyan father would teach him to recite the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner.

In his teen years Obama moved back to Honolulu where he lived with his maternal grandparents. In his rebuttal, you will recall, Obama claimed his grandfather had taught him to place his hand over his heart during the Pledge, and to sing the national anthem. History has a problem with that on both sides of the family. Like his mother who was an atheist, so were her parents. Obama's grandmother, he said in interviews, "...was too rational and too stubborn to accept anything she couldn't see, feel, touch or count." His maternal grandfather was also an atheist who "...had an innate rebelliousness and a complete inability to discipline his appetites...who...experimented with marijuana and cocaine." An atheist is not going to teach his grandson to respect the Pledge of Allegiance which pays homage to God.

Add to Obama's Islamic roots his "Christian" background with the Trinity United Church of Christ and you have an indefinable theology that doesn't sound like any multiracial Christian church I've ever attended. Trinity United Church of Christ is an anti-white church which, in its mission statement declares that "...We are called out to be 'a chosen people,'...[and] agents of change for God who is not pleased with America's economic mal-distribution." The Mission Statement declares that the church is "...unashamedly Black. Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people and remain true to our native land, the mother continent, the cradle of civilization."

The Pastor of Trinity is a well known African-American minister, Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr. In an interview with Der Spiegel Wright said: "...[T]he average American...couldn't tell you the difference between a Sunni and a Shi'ite. I mean you've got Christians who lynch people, and you got Muslims who fly planes into buildings. But you got some Muslims who don't do that. You got some Christians who ain't got time to lynch people..." Wright's statement implies that white Christians would still be lynching people if they had the time. This is the "Chrisitan" theology of the church Obama attends. If 2006 US Senate Candidate and former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele belonged to Trinity United Church of Christ, he would be branded as a racist by the far left.

Wright's church, according to its website, has a "...non-negotiable commitment to Africa," which Wright calls "the Black Value System" which refers to "our racist competitive society," that includes a rejectiion of "middleclassness," and a pledge of allegiance not to the United States but to "...all black leadership who espouse and embrace the Black Value System. It defines 'middleclassness' as a way for White America to 'snare' blacks rather than lynching them or placing them in concentration camps (i.e., prisons). When blacks become part of the middle class, they lose their roots and simply become black 'whites.'"

Nine-one-one, Wright suggested was simply retribution for America's racism. "In the 21sty century, white America got a wake-up call after 9/11/01. White America and the western world came to realize that people of color had not gone away, faded into the woodwork or just disappeared as the Great White West kept on its merry way of ignoring black concerns...Racism is how this country was founded and how this country is still run. We [this country] believe in whitge supremacy and black inferiority and believe it more than [they] believe in God." If Obama is only a fraction of the racist Wright is, he is not a man anyone should be considering for the job of President of the United States. That would be like electing KKK Grand Wizards David Duke, Virgil Griffin, Richard Ford or Charles Holland to the White House. of course, we would never elect a white racist as President. David Duke tried to run for the US House and Senate from Louisiana, but failed. Yet, Illinois elected a black racist to the US Senate. Sadly, liberals—black or white—are convinced that only white conservatives or White Christians can be racists.

Barack Obama's explanation of the Harkin fundraiser photograph is the Whopper of the year, and the American people need to take heed. While I sure don't want to help Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, the American people need to understand that the Iowa Caucus just gave their delegates to a man who disrespects the United States of America and is one of the two the most dangerous people in the United States who could be awarded the Oval Office. I'd tell you the name of the other candidate, but America already knows her name. If I was a Democrat, whose name would I be writing in on every primary? Zell Miller.


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