RIP Dean Barnett

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This is such sad, sad news.

Barnett, who suffered from cystic fibrosis, was one of a kind. I didn’t know him online, but I linked to what he wrote frequently. He was tireless and fearless – and had a great sense of humor. He’ll be missed by a lot of people. Hugh Hewitt has a great tribute posted to Dean here.

He was 41.

A word of clarification

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In my post yesterday writing about why the prospect of an Obama presidency is so troubling, I may have given off the impression that I had “given up” on the presidential race. I assure you, I have not. And in spite of any polling news you may hear, I don’t want any of you to give up, either.

And speaking of polling news, make sure to check out these three posts that talk about early voting stats and poll weighting samples that indicate that some states may be a lot closer than the pollsters have made them out to be. Just some food for thought to ruminate on 8 days before we go to the polls. As always, take this with a grain of salt. Anything can happen next week.

“Spreading the wealth” – part 2: 2001 interview catches Obama in rare moment of pure honesty

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Um, Senator Obama, you’ve got some serious explaining to do:

If you look at the victories and failures of the civil rights movement and its litigation strategy in the court. I think where it succeeded was to invest formal rights in previously dispossessed people, so that now I would have the right to vote. I would now be able to sit at the lunch counter and order as long as I could pay for it I’d be o.k. But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society.

To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.

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I’m not optimistic about bringing about major redistributive change through the courts. You know, the institution just isn’t structured that way.

Senator McCain, you’ve got more message-hammering to do.

To WFTV’s Barbara West: You were right. No wonder Team Barry’s cut your entire station off from immediate future interviews.

The reax to this story are starting to pile up at Memeorandum.

Update – 9:24 AM: Bill Whittle has more excerpts from the 2001 interview. This is really damning, IMO.

Where’s the outrage?

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We’ve all heard the stories about how conservatives across the country are supposedly showing their mean and angry side at McCain-Palin rallies by shouting out things like “traitor” – and then of course there was the “kill him” comment that was either said about Bill Ayers, not Obama, or not said at all. The media has been all too eager to saturate their websites and newscasts by using comments made by a scattered few to paint and tarnish all conservatives as hateful, intolerant thugs.

With that in mind, take a look at picture Little Green Footballs linked up to of a guillotine on display at … an Obama rally in Denver, CO over the weekend, where an estimated 100K were on hand to worship The One.

Yes, I’m sure we’ll start reading stories from the media about how despicable and intolerant and hateful the far left are as a result of this in 3, 2, … /sarc

Update: Speaking of despicable and hateful, check out this article which includes a photo of a manequin dresses to look like Gov. Sarah Palin … with a noose around her neck, which is n the front yard of a West Hollywood residence. There’s another photo of a likeness of John McCain coming up from fake flames.

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey, who remarks:

You know who else sees a double standard? The artist:

“I know if we had done it with Barack Obama, people would’ve probably thrown things through our windows” Morrisette said.

Gee, you think? Instead, when it’s a Republican woman getting lynched in effigy, it suddenly becomes art and good, clean fun. Maybe we should start talking about the latent misogyny of the Left, and the drooling bigots of their enclaves. After all, if this had been an effigy of Obama in, say, Alabama, we’d certainly not be hearing about Halloween and spooky art, but instead how racist Obama’s opponents are.

Yep.

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