October 1st, 2012


Birther Soon to Find if He/She Wasted Piles of Money in Offensive DVD.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Birther Edition!

Will the Latest Obama Conspiracy Help Him Win Ohio?

I'd tried so hard to ignore the latest of the Obama conspiracy theories. As Michelle Goldberg writes, it's "tempting to ignore Dreams From My Real Father because it’s so preposterous." The documentary, by Joel Gilbert, claims that Barack Obama was sired by Frank Marshall Davis -- a bowlderization of Obama's actual relationship with Davis, a Communist poet whom his grandparents sought out as a mentor for the young future president.

Like the best Obama conspiracy theories, the pretense is that the president is hiding something in plain sight. In Dreams From My Father, Obama makes many references to "Frank." The "old poet" tries to convince his mentee that white America will find a pathetic little role for him if he tries to compromise with it. "They'll train you so good," says Davis, "you'll start believing what they tell you about equal opporunity and the American way and all that shit."

In our reality, Davis was a radical voice who influenced the young Obama. The president's admitted that. In the "Real Father" universe, Davis's hammer-and-sickled DNA turned Barack Obama into a Communist agent, and hey, maybe one of the women in Davis's nude photos was the future president's mom! Never mind that 1) she wasn't, and 2) when Obama Jr was born, Davis was 56 years old, 29 years older than Barack Obama Sr. In the "Real Father" universe, obviously, this guy must have shacked up with 18-year-old Ann Dunham, because if you put a picture of Obama next to one of Davis it looks like a lame version of an old Spy magazine "Separated at Birth" sidebar.

Like I said: The kind of thing you should be able to safely ignore. Except that a mystery donor is helping Gilbert ship DVDs to swing states.

         "Gilbert claims that more than a million copies of Dreams From My Real Father have been mailed to voters in Ohio, as well between 80,000 and 100,000 to voters in Nevada and 100,000 to voters in New Hampshire."

There's even a video of the DVD being printed en masse, to prove this.

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Peace March for Jill Meagher

The mother of Jill Meagher has visited the site in Sydney Road where her 29-year-old daughter was last seen alive.

Yesterday afternoon, Edith McKeon, who arrived in Melbourne from Perth, stood outside the Duchess Boutique — which has become somewhat of a shrine to Ms Meagher, who disappeared more than a week ago.

Ms McKeon, accompanied by family members, took time to read the messages attached to the hundreds of bouquets of flowers that lay outside the boutique, where a CCTV camera captured the chilling few moments where the ABC staffer was filmed talking with a man in a blue hoodie, who has since been charged with her rape and murder.

Touched by the overwhelming show of support, Mrs Mckeon felt compelled to thank the public.

"I would like to thank the huge support from Melbourne. It's just been unbelievable and just thank you," she told Channel Ten.

"Simply, thank you and I hope they put cameras in here. Keep people safe and just thank you everybody for all your support."

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Proudly Bearing Elders’ Scars, Their Skin Says ‘Never Forget’

Proudly Bearing Elders’ Scars, Their Skin Says ‘Never Forget’

When Eli Sagir showed her grandfather, Yosef Diamant, the new tattoo on her left forearm, he bent his head to kiss it.

Mr. Diamant had the same tattoo, the number 157622, permanently inked on his own arm by the Nazis at Auschwitz.
Nearly 70 years later, Ms. Sagir got hers at a hip tattoo parlor downtown after a high school trip to Poland. The next week, her mother and brother also had the six digits inscribed onto their forearms. This month, her uncle followed suit.

“All my generation knows nothing about the Holocaust,” said Ms. Sagir, 21, who has had the tattoo for four years. “You talk with people and they think it’s like the Exodus from Egypt, ancient history. I decided to do it to remind my generation: I want to tell them my grandfather’s story and the Holocaust story.”

Mr. Diamant’s descendants are among a handful of children and grandchildren of Auschwitz survivors here who have taken the step of memorializing the darkest days of history on their own bodies. With the number of survivors here dropping to about 200,000 from 400,000 a decade ago, institutions and individuals are grappling with how best to remember the Holocaust — so integral to Israel’s founding and identity — after those who lived it are gone.

Rite-of-passage trips to the death camps, like the one Ms. Sagir took, are now standard for high school students. The Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and other museums are trying to make exhibits more accessible, using individual stories and special effects. Arguments rage about whether that approach trivializes symbols long held as sacred and whether the primary message should be about the importance of a self-reliant Jewish state in preventing a future genocide or a more universal one about racism and tolerance.

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Mitt Romney's Plan C: The Jimmy Carter Strategy. If It Fails, There is Always Plan D.

Mitt Romney's Terrible Wall Street Journal Op-Ed
It's official: The Republican nominee has no new ideas for the Middle East.

First, full disclosure. I'm not associated with either the Barack Obama or the Mitt Romney campaign in any way. Over the years, I've worked for both Republican and Democratic administrations and voted for candidates from both parties. On foreign and domestic policy, I've come to believe that the appropriate dividing line for Americans should not be between Democrat and Republican, left and right, liberal and conservative, but between dumb and smart. And we ought to be on the smart side.

That's why I was stunned to read Mitt Romney's op-ed in Sunday's Wall Street Journal, which ran under the headline, "A New Course for the Middle East." Even by the standards of political silly season and in the heat of battle weeks before an election -- when exaggeration, obfuscation, and willful distortion become the orders of the day -- this article sets a new bar for its vacuity, aimlessness and lack of coherence. There's nothing "new" in it, and it provides no "course for the Middle East." If anything, it takes us back to the kind of muscular nonsense and sloganeering that has wreaked havoc on our credibility in recent years. Here's why:
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