Another Study in Ignorance

On the advertising sign at Singer’s Pawn Shop on Fairview Ave, there’s this ‘slogan.’ [Singer’s is on the south side of the road next to Burger King in between Milwaukee and Maple Grove.]

My sister had called saying she had spotted it and as a daily-plus Fairview traveler she hadn’t seen it before.  That was last week, Thursday, the 9th.

The smearing and tying of Barack Obama’s name to Osama bin Laden has been going on for some time now, probably longer than I’ve noticed.  The very logic of it escapes me (even when he wasn’t “my” candidate) because, well – let’s see.

  • Osama bin Laden is credited with perpetuating the attacks of 9/11. Yep, he’s the responsible party. George Bush swore he’d chase bin Laden down to the “gates of hell” or some such place with John McCain – oh, righttt – John was going to chase bin Laden to the ‘gates of hell.’  Dubya was to smoke bin Laden out of his cave in Afghanistan.  Dead or Alive – remember? And….. ?
  • Osama bin Laden:  STILL no where in sight after 7 years.  Empty promises from Bush, McCain, and countless others.   (Of course that’s if you believe bin Laden actually exists as such as a perpetrator, but that’s another conspiracy theory.)

Things were amped up ferociously in direct correlation to Sarah Palin’s rhetoric and thankfully for iReporters everywhere and other media hounds (even to include some of the MSM), videos such as one I found from the Palin rally in Johnstown, PA (Oct. 11th).  As usual, I stumbled over it looking for something else, but as I said here, what this so epitomizes for me, how many of the people (white folks, now) such as these very folks I knew and worked with while living in Ohio.  The video has now made it to TPM, Pam’s, Americablog – the big players in other words = more mileage and more exposure.

Bag News Notes had this pic up with his posting on the 13th.  Yep – the correlation struck me, too.  Whoa!  And the owner of Singer’s Pawn Shop, where did he come up with the idea? According to Bag News:

In light of Jeffrey Feldman’s piece yesterday at HuffPost — and the shocking news from TIME that McCain’s Virginia canvassers are being specifically trained to link Obama to terrorists and to Osama bin Ladin, this newswire photo from today’s Virginia rally, far from innocent, is actually more like evidence.

Ah Time magazine, the staple of the masses, though Karen Tumulty’s piece does start out fairly strong.

If John McCain is as serious as he says about running a “respectful” campaign against an opponent he considers “a decent person,” word hasn’t yet trickled down to his newly opened storefront field office in Gainesville, Virginia.

She also reports the even though the Republicans invited her to observe “[Mr.]Frederick and the Gainesville operation on Saturday morning,” she wasn’t allow to follow them around while canvassing. But she did get to hear the instructions for the canvassers:

He climbed atop a folding chair to give 30 campaign volunteers who were about to go canvassing door to door their talking points — for instance, the connection between Barack Obama and Osama bin Laden: “Both have friends that bombed the Pentagon,” he said. “That is scary.”

However one of the most telling videos I saw was from the al-Jazeera You Tube channel I subscribe. It’s flat out frightening …… seriously so.

Casey Kauffman (who sounds a bit Scottish), the reporter for al-Jazeera filed this report today.

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