Friday, January 31, 2014

California Allows First-Ever State Recognized Human-Animal Marriage

California Allows First-Ever State Recognized Human-Animal Marriage

man marries dog
Paul Horner and his dog Mac at their wedding on Monday in front of friends, family and a priest declaring their love towards each other for eternity.
San Francisco, CA — On Monday history was made at the Chapel of Our Lady at the Presidio in San Francisco as the first-ever state recognized human-animal marriage took place.
Local resident 35-year-old Paul Horner was the groom during the ceremony. Joining him was his faithful dog Mac who is 36-years-old in dog years. Mac also decided to be the groom but ended up wearing a white veil at the last moment.
Father McHale who officiated the outdoor wedding told reporters he was extremely happy to be a part of this joyous moment of life. “This is the definition of true love my friends. There is nothing more sacred than the bond between a man and his faithful dog,” McHale said. “Now, since it is recognized as a legally binding marriage in the state of California, Mr. Horner and Mac will have all the same tax benefits and everything else coming to them that a regular married couple would receive. It’s a fantastic day to be alive!”

So how could this have happened?

In the book of California’s State Laws and Regulations there is a little known law that was passed as the state was first forming in 1850. According to article 155, paragraph 10, it clearly states:
If a man and a man can get married and a woman and a woman can get married, if ever comes that day, then a human and animal will have the exact same rights to marriage in every eye of the law. God help us if this ever is to happen!
In attendance was Horner’s entire family who flew in from Hawaii to witness the event. Mac had her puppies on hand and making a special celebrity appearance was Alex from Stroh’s and Spuds Mckenzie.
“I just love my Mac so much, I can’t wait till we can finally get back to the honeymoon sweet in Montana where bestiality is legal. Gosh, get with the times California! We can marry here just fine, but love making is a big no-no,” said Horner. “People keep asking me why I wanted to marry a dog. I told them I just want the same god given rights that every person in California is allowed to have. Don’t tell me I can’t marry my dog. I don’t tell you that you can’t marry a 500 lb woman with gas issues. That’s your decision. Don’t tread on me. I love my dog and I know he loves me a hundred times more than any gay wedding out there.”
With this wedding between a man and a male dog now on the books, one can only ask what is in store next?
A man marrying a toaster? A toaster marrying a dog? A toaster marrying a toaster?
America, what happened to the sanctity of marriage? Tsk. Tsk.
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O'Reilly Previews His Obama Interview: 'I Will Interrupt If I Have To'

O'Reilly Previews His Obama Interview: 'I Will Interrupt If I Have To'

Bill O’Reilly gave Megyn Kelly a preview of his upcoming interview with President Obama.
The interview will air live during this Sunday’s FOX Super Bowl pregame show around 4:30p ET. On Monday, portions you didn’t see will air on The O’Reilly Factor at 8/11p ET on Fox News Channel.
“Even for Bill O’Reilly, it’s a big deal,” Kelly said. “Are you a little nervous?”
He responded that he simply doesn't get nervous in general.
“I'm just not a nervous guy. ... I know what I want to do, and I know the questions that I’m going to ask. Not all of them, still formulating, but I know where I want to go. The biggest difficulty will be time.”
He said he's not sure yet how much time he'll be allotted. “It’s like a boxing match,” O'Reilly said. “You look at him and you go, okay, bell’s going to ring. Let’s go.”

Bill O’Reilly: President Obama Must Find a Way to Work With Congress

It will be his third interview with President Obama, but this time, he said the questions will be less philosophical.
O’Reilly said, “He has a five-year record and I want to clear up a lot of things that are confusing.”
The Factor host said his questions will be very precise, but added, “I will interrupt the president. I did last time and I will again if I have to.”
People are already writing letters to the president with tips on how to handle O’Reilly during the interview. Kelly asked O’Reilly if he wants to be liked by the president.
“I want him to respect the work that we do. But 'like' me? No one likes me, why should he be different?” he quipped.
There will be one question from a Factor viewer, which O’Reilly has already selected.
Tune in to The O’Reilly Factor, tonight at 8/11p ET for more on the highly anticipated interview.

Clinton’s Dead Fund Raisers

Clinton’s Dead Fund Raisers

by TPO O\'Halloran on January 19, 2014
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C. Victor Raiser II, National Finance Co-Chairman, Clinton for President Campaign
Montgomery Raiser. Son of C. Victor Raiser II
died: 7/30/92 – Both men died in a private plane crash in Alaska, en route to a fishing expedition. The crash was blamed on the pilot, who survived. Five others not connected to Clinton died in the crash. – DeeDee Meyers described Raiser as a “major player” in the Clinton organization. Victor raiser was also chairman of Mobile Telecomm Technologies Corp., whose subsidiary, SkyTel Corp. is an international paging company used by federal police agencies such as the FBI.
Victor Raiser was a Washington lawyer and he was counsel to the Washington law firm of Jones Day Reavis & Pogue until 1991. At his death, he was the national finance co-chairman of the Clinton for President campaign. The campaign’s press secretary, Dee Myers, described him as a “major player” in the Clinton organization. He and his wife had been friends of the Clintons for ten years. He was the past national finance chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He served on the boards of the Democratic Business Council and the Center for National Policy and the board of advisers of the Democratic Leadership Council.
On May 29, 1993, President Clinton announced that he had selected Raiser’s widow, Molly Raiser, 50, former Democratic co-chair of the Women’s Campaign Fund, to be his protocol chief and stated that he planned to nominate her for confirmation as an ambassador.
Paul Tully, Democratic National Committee Political Director
died: 9/24/92 – Found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock Arkansas of “unknown causes.” No autopsy allowed. – Described by Clinton as a “dear friend and trusted advisor. Tully authored several key strategies for Clinton and the party. Paul Tully, 48, Democratic National Committee political director and architect of a strategy to make the party competitive again in presidential elections, was found dead in his hotel room on September 24, 1992, in Little Rock, Arkansas of unknown causes. Authorities speculated his death was from a heart attack or stroke. In a press release, then-presidential candidate Clinton called Mr. Tully “a dear friend and trusted adviser.” He said he was “deeply saddened by the loss.” Tully devised a strategy of targeting states based on their value in the Electoral College, and coordinating the presidential campaign with state and congressional races.
Ed Willey, Real Estate Attorney, Clinton Fund Raiser
died: 11/30/93 – Died of a shotgun blast to the head. Body found in deep woods in Virginia. Ruled a suicide, no note was found. Died on the same day his wife was sexually assaulted in the White House by Bill Clinton. – Intimately involved in several Clinton fund raising events.
Hershell Friday, Attorney and Clinton fund raiser.
died: 3/1/94 – Killed when his plane exploded. Cause unknown.
Duane Garrett, Radio Host and Al Gore fund raiser.
died: 7/26/95 – A lawyer and a talk show host for KGO-AM in San Francisco, Duane was the campaign finance chairman for Diane Fienstein’s run for the senate, and was a friend and fundraiser for Al Gore.
According to Garrett’s lawyer, Garrett was under investigation for defrauding investors in Garrett’s failed sports memorabilia venture. There was talk of a deal to evade prosecution. On July 26th, Garrett canceled an afternoon meeting with his lawyer because he had to meet some people at the San Francisco airport.
Three hours later he was found floating in the bay under the Golden Gate Bridge.
Daniel A. Dutko, C-chairman of Leadership 2000
died: 7/26/99 – Daniel A. Dutko, 54, was the co-chairman of Leadership 2000, the Democratic National Committee’s main fund-raising effort. He held many other high-level political positions, including vice chairman of finance for Clinton-Gore in 1995; finance chairman of the 53rd inaugural ball; and vice chairman of finance for the DNC in 1996 (when the Chinese money poured in). Attributed to a bicycle accident in which it’s claimed he struck his head on the concretetwice.

Facebook settlement revealed via poor PDF redaction

Facebook settlement revealed via poor PDF redaction

Summary: Facebook's confidential settlement of a lawsuit brought by social networking site ConnectU -- created by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard classmates, and worked on by a young Zuckerberg himself -- was revealed Wednesday when Associated Press writer Michael Liedtke reported that redacted portions of a PDF transcript of a court hearing, at which details of the settlement were discussed, could be easily revealed.
Facebook's confidential settlement of a lawsuit brought by social networking site ConnectU -- created by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard classmates, and worked on by a young Zuckerberg himself -- was revealed Wednesday when Associated Press writer Michael Liedtke reported that redacted portions of a PDF transcript of a court hearing, at which details of the settlement were discussed, could be easily revealed.
"Large portions of that hearing are redacted in a transcript of the June hearing, but The Associated Press was able to read the blacked-out portions by copying from an electronic version of the document and pasting the results into another document," Liedtke wrote in his article.
The improperly redacted document -- an Adobe senior product manager says someone "added a white rectangle over the white text in order to cover it" thinking incorrectly it was "sufficient to make that content undiscoverable" -- revealed that ConnectU received somewhere between from $31 million and $65 million to settle its lawsuit, and that Facebook's internal valuation was about $3.7 billion.
It's not the first time censors have gotten bitten by Adobe Acrobat's PDF files and Microsoft Word's documents. InformationWeek reports:
Earlier that year, the redacted text in a PDF of a U.S. military report containing classified information was revealed because the creator of the PDF reportedly placed black rectangles over the text rather than deleting it. The document described the investigation into the death of Nicola Calipari, an Italian citizen, at a checkpoint in Iraq on March 4, 2005.
A similar situation occurred in 2000, when The New York Times published on its Web site PDF files of a previously secret CIA report, "Clandestine Service History, Overthrow of Premier Mossadeq of Iran, November 1952-August 1953." The Times electronically blacked out certain names in the scanned report to protect those named. But New York architect John Young, who maintains the sensitive document archive, discovered that the black overlay used by The Times loaded slowly on an underpowered computer, allowing the covered text to be read.
Adobe has provided two tools to redact content and related information effectively: "Redaction," a tool that will completely remove visible information from a document so that it cannot be recovered; and "Examine Document," a way to detect and remove information that might not be readily apparent, like document metadata and comments.
Additionally, a document on proper redaction technique was published by the National Security Agency in December 2005.
As expected in the IT world, user education is key in changing behavior. Until then, PDF redaction continues to draw lawyers' ire.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Is Barack Obama the Messiah?

Is Barack Obama the Messiah? 

no he is satan 

"... a light will shine through that window, a beam of light will come down upon you, you will experience an epiphany ... and you will suddenly realize that you must go to the polls and vote for Obama" - Barack Obama Lebanon, New Hampshire.
January 7, 2008.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

The Gospel According to The Apostle Barack

The Gospel According to Apostle Barack, by Barbara A. Thompson.
Yes, Barack had worked tirelessly on behalf of the American people, especially those who elected him in 2008. His followers needed to re-elect him to a second term, so that he could continue to accomplish the promises he made, thus, realizing his vision of America as a more perfect political union or “heaven here on earth.” Then, as I began to contemplate ways to assist Barack in his 2012 re-election bid something miraculous happened. I felt God’s (His) Spirit beckoning me in my dreams at night. Listening, cautiously, I learned that Jesus walked the earth to create a more civilized society, Martin (Luther King) walked the earth to create a more justified society, but, Apostle Barack, the name he was called in my dreams, would walk the earth to create a more equalized society, for the middle class and working poor. Apostle Barack, the next young leader with a new cause, had been taken to the mountaintop and allowed to see over the other side. He had the answers to unlock the kingdom of “heaven here on earth” for his followers. The answers were repeated – over and over – in speeches Barack had made from his presidential announcement to his inaugural address. Those speeches or his teachings contained the answers to the middle class and working poor people living in a “heaven here on earth.” For when the answers were unlocked and enacted, Apostle Barack’s vision of America would be realized.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Painting: Alex Grey

Poster Credit: Ray Noland ("CRO")

Obama - The Transfiguration

Obama at fund-raiser at Steven and Judy Gluckstern's home, April 9, 2007. George Soros is seated to the right of the stairs. (Published in "How Barack Obama Struck Fund-Raising Gold, New York Magazine April 16, 2007; Photo-credit: Michael Edwards (note that this is the actual photo as published by New York Magazine, and contrary to the claim of William Lowther @ Telegraph, has not been doctored by this blog; (via "Daily Speculations" | What is the "Transfiguration"?)

"I'm asking you to BELIEVE ..."

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

"Prophecy Fulfilled"

Street vendors across downtown Charlotte are selling posters and artwork depicting President Obama as Jesus Christ ...One poster features an image of the president in prayer with the headline, “Prophecy Fulfilled.”
“Barak is of Hebrew origin and its meaning is ‘flash of lightning,” the poster notes, referencing a passage in in the Old Testament book of Judges.
Hussein, they allege, is a Biblical word meaning “good and handsome.”
“So you see, Barak was destined to be a good and handsome man that would rise like a flash of lightning to win victory in a battle against overwhelming odds,” the poster read.
The posters were being sold outside security zones at the Democratic National Convention. The posters are not sanctioned by the DNC.
Source: Artwork likens Obama to Jesus Todd Stearnes. Fox News and Commentary. (9/4/12).

Monday, September 03, 2012

"For God so loved the world ..."

From James Hickman's "Keep the Dream" calendar, sold on the streets of the Democratic National Convention 2012. Source: DNC 2012: Still Kitschin' 9/2/12.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama

The Gospel of Barack Hussein Obama According to Mark is designed to initiate the reader into a meditation on what it means to be human, what it means to be a manifestation of God, and how Barack Obama is a unique and important manifestation of God’s desire for human flourishing. In a blend of words from his public speeches, imagined conversation, and fictional situations, the book highlights Obama’s real stance on social justice and, in particular, economic and political empowerment. It juxtaposes ancient Biblical form and contemporary reality, challenging the reader to see and seek God in all persons. “Our life-defining texts must be porous and we must be imaginative in our engagement with them. Let this book be a reminder not to so credit sacred texts or cultural icons that they lead us to hatred and violence in the name of God. When we see the Divine in another, we must name it. We must respect it. The practice demands nothing less than Love.” Mark F. Bozzuti-Jones, Author
* * *
And from the heart of the Power of Life, when the time was expedient and the time was right, about 2000 years after the birth of Jesus, praises be upon him, over seventy years after His Imperial Majesty, Haile Selassie I, the Lion of Judah, praises be upon him, there came the fulfillment of the hopes and dreams of centuries: Barack Hussein Obama, born of a virgin, young in age. The virgin’s name was Ann. And the man she was betrothed to was from the east of Africa. And the child they had was given the name That One, the Blessing, the One who Confronts and wins the victory: Barack Hussein Obama, a Blessing for all peoples.[Excerpt]

Sunday, April 08, 2012

"He has brought us out of the dark and into the light."

Obama told the estimated crowd of 450 people that her husband is "the kind of president this country deserves. "
Obama closed by asking the crowd three times: "Are you in?"
She responded to her own question by saying: "Because I am so in."
"We have an amazing story to tell," she said. "This president has brought us out of the dark and into the light."
Source: Michelle Obama, Campaign rally. April 17, 2012.

The people who sat in darkness saw great light; and to them who sat in the region and shadow of death, light is sprung up. [Matthew 4:16]

Sunday, September 18, 2011

"Pass This Bill" = "Feed My Lambs" (John 21:15)

At a rally on the campus of North Carolina State in Raleigh, N.C. Wednesday where President Obama went to drum up support for his jobs bill, this happened.
AUDIENCE MEMBER: I love you, Barack!
THE PRESIDENT: I love you back. (Applause.) But first — but if you love me — if you love me, you got to help me pass this bill. (Applause.) If you love me, you got to help me pass this bill.
Here's John 21:15, the New International Version, describing a scene between Jesus and his disciples:
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,"Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
Frank James NPR. September 14, 2001.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

"God of All Things"

In its November 22, 2010 issue, Obama has been shown by Newsweek on its cover page with multiple arms balancing several policy issues while raising his left leg mimicking the cosmic dance of the Hindu deity; considered a manifestation of Lord Shiva.
... Newsweek has named Obama "god of all things" on its cover.
SOURCE: Times of India (November 20, 2010).

Saturday, May 29, 2010

"The presence of the Divine"

Rabbi David Saperstein, reading from Psalms in English and Hebrew, noticed from the altar that the good men and women of the congregation that day, including the Bidens and other dignitaries, had not yet stood. Finally Bishop Vashti McKenzie of the African Methodist Church asked that everyone rise. At that moment Saperstein saw something from his angle of vision: "If I had seen it in a movie I would have groaned and said, 'Give me a break. That's so trite.'" A beam of morning light shown [sic] through the stained-glass windows and illuminated the president-elect's face. Several of the clergy and choir on the altar who also saw it marveled afterward about the presence of the Divine.
The Promise: President Obama, Year One, by Jonathan Alter.
(Simon & Schuster, May 2010 - p. 102)

Monday, March 15, 2010

"Take up your cross and follow me"

Illustration by Nola Lopez, photograph by Damon Winter/The New York Times

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus"

He is provocative in insisting on an outstretched hand, where others only see animosity.
His tangible results in the short time that he has been active – are few and far between. His greatest results have been created with words and speeches – words that remain in the consciousness of their audience and have long-term effects.
He comes from humble beginnings and defends the weak and vulnerable, because he can identify himself with their conditions.
And no we are not thinking of Jesus Christ, whose birthday has just been celebrated - - but rather the President of the United States Barack Hussein Obama. [...]

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the economy during a visit to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York September 21, 2009. Source: Reuters.

If such a comparison were to be made, it would, of course, inevitably be to Obama’s advantage.
Today, his historic Health Reform is being passed through the American Senate – a welfare policy breakthrough that several of his predecessors have been unable to manage. [...]
On the other hand, we have Jesus’ miracles that everyone still remembers, but which only benefitted a few.
Obama is, of course, greater than Jesus – if we have to play that absurd Christmas game. But it is probably more meaningful to insist that with today’s domestic triumph, that he has already assured himself a place in the history books – a space he has good chances of expanding considerably in coming years.
Source: "Obama greater than Jesus" Politiken Editorial [Denmark] December 29, 2009.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

“The Hope can be a Cross”

Obama as the Messiah. Angelo Cruciani in Milan with the work "The Hope can be a Cross":
The effigy of Obama on the cross is doing the rounds of the blogosphere. The work of Angelo Cruciani, on display at the Galleria Voghera 11, is an interweaving of the two icons Jesus Christ and Barack Obama "erected as a symbol of the new martyr for humanity, like the cross that bears the weight of expectations placed on him.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

President Barack Obama addresses a town hall meeting on health insurance reform inside a hangar at Gallatin Field in Belgrade, Mont., on Aug. 14, 2009. Official White House photo by Pete Souza. Source: Official White House Photo Stream September 1, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Behold! The Graven Image of our Great Leader is Finished!

The long awaited, larger than life statue of President Barack Obama has been completed. Over 20 feet high and 12 tons of concrete and steel, internationally known artist David Adickes has completed the latest of 44 presidential statues and on its way to be displayed in the Black Hills of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
President Obama's statue will tour through 10 states and 40 cities. The President Obama statue will come to rest in the Black Hills of South Dakota at the internationally known Presidents Park around July 4, 2009.
President Obama is Finished Black Hills Today

Saturday, June 06, 2009

"Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of GOD."

"In a way Obama is standing above the country, above the world. He's sort of GOD. He's going to bring all different sides together."
- Newsweek editor Evan Thomas

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

President Barack Obama pause as he speaks at the close of the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, Monday, Feb. 23, 2009, in the Old Executive Office. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

US President Barack Obama, seen here on February 4, 2009, speaks regarding executive compensation in Cross Hall at the White House in Washington, DC.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

"Tell us what part of Obama is in you ..."

Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. -- Matt. 18:20

You can help build our gallery of faces from people who see a part of President Barack Obama in themselves.
We've got a photo of Obama you can cut out for yourself -- click here to download it. Then follow the instructions, take a picture and send it to us here. Tell us what part of Obama is in you and we'll add your comments to your photo.

"See Obama in yourself" Detroit Free Press Staff. January 21, 2009.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

"No one saw him coming ... like Jesus being born in a manger"

EAST POINT, Ga.—The day after Barack Obama was elected president, Larry Younginer knelt in front of the congregants at his suburban Atlanta church and offered a prayer of thanks.
"Lord, we have again come to you in prayer, and you have heard our cries from heaven, and you have sent us again from the state called Illinois, a man called Barack to heal our land," said Younginer, a 62-year-old retired information systems worker at Coca Cola in Atlanta. "We pray that you will build a hedge around him that will protect him from those who would do him harm."
Younginer, like many others, is convinced that Obama was destined to be president. The mere fact that he won the presidency against the odds has caused some Christians, particularly African-Americans, to see the hand of God in his victory after so many years of struggle.
[Lawrence Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel] said many people look for a sign from God when times are turbulent. And, he said, there are many elements to Obama's win in which Christians can find spiritual significance.
"It is powerful and significant on a spiritual level that there is the emergence of Barack Obama 40 years after the passing of Dr. King," said Carter. "No one saw him coming, and Christians believe God comes at us from strange angles and places we don't expect, like Jesus being born in a manger."
Some see God's will in Obama win, by Dahleen Glanton. Chicago Tribune November 29, 2008.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

"Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done..."

Prominently displayed poster at Obama's campaign headquarters in Lake City, Fla.
(Photo: Bruce Hoster; source: World Net Daily)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008



Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Prepare your heart to fill with hope; Prepare your mind to embrace the change!"

"Prepare me a Sanctuary,
pure and holy,
tried and true."

This version of the worship hymn "Sanctuary" by Scruggs and Thompson is performed by Asheville, NC singer/songwriter, Billy Jonas.
Courtesy of
Between now and November 4...
Let's spend one minute a day...
Envisioning Barack Obama...
As our President...
Prepare your heart to fill with hope...
Prepare your mind to embrace the change...
Envision Barack victorious on election night...

...Taking the oath of office...
On Inauguration Day...
Believe that this great moment in American history is already a reality...
Say the words to yourself...
To your family...
To your friends and neighbors...
Say it to the world...
Your vision is a sacred trust...
You are a sanctuary of a sacred vision for a renewed America...

Envision it...
Say it...
Feel it...
Believe it...
Make it our reality...
Manifest Obama, America!

Saturday, October 04, 2008

He is the Alpha and the Omega

Urban Community Leadership Academy of Kansas City, MO

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Precious Children Sing to Our Glorious Leader!

Sing for Change chronicles a recent Sunday afternoon, when 22 children, ages 5-12, gathered to sing original songs in the belief that their singing would lift up our communities for the coming election. Light, hope, courage and love shine through these nonvoting children who believe that their very best contribution to the Obama campaign is to sing.
We are offering the video to everyone, the Obama campaign and all media with high hopes that we can all join together to Sing for Change."
We're gonna spread happiness
We're gonna spread freedom
Obama's gonna change it
Obama's gonna lead 'em

We're gonna change it
And rearrange it
We're gonna change the world.

Music and lyrics by Kathy Sawada
Yes we can
Lift each other up
In peace, in love, in hope
Change! Change!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Scene of an Obama Campaign Headquarters - posted via DrudgeReport September 15 2008

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

One particular work invoked the sacred, picturing Obama's great head--illuminated by sunbursts--emerging from the clouds over a bare-breasted maiden who is robed in an American flag and emerging from a volcano. Note that in the lower-right-hand corner an assemblage of people are literally kneeling before Obama.
As observed by Jonathan V. Last in a visit to the "Manifest Hope" gallery, which brings together many of the classic works of Obama along with new additions.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Obama: "Son of Promise, Child of Hope"

Barack Obama: "Son of Promise, Child of Hope" (Simon & Schuster, 2008).
Ever since Barack Obama was young, Hope has lived inside him. From the beaches of Hawaii to the streets of Chicago, from the jungles of Indonesia to the plains of Kenya, he has held on to Hope. Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be: a bridge to bring people together.

This is the moving story of an exceptional man, as told by Nikki Grimes and illustrated by Bryan Collier, both winners of the Coretta Scott King Award. Barack Obama has motivated Americans to believe with him, to believe that every one of us has the power to change ourselves and change our world.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

OMBama Yoga - "Invoke the Spirit of Obama's Own Phrase"

Denver hasn't hosted a Democratic National Convention for 100 years, and it's a safe bet that the last time the Dems stampeded into town there were no yoga studios selling tee-shirts with the Boy Orator and presumptive presidential nominee William Jennings Bryan on them.

Did somebody say Boy Orator? The silver-tongued Barack Obama's words are on tee shirts selling at Om Time, an oasis of tranquility sandwiched between the Colorado Democratic headquarters on one corner, and the center for the Obama campaign on the other, along with a slice of tattoo shop and art gallery garnish. "The Union may never be perfect but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected," proclaims the tee-shirt in the Om Time window.

It hangs just south of the shri shrine, and the peace and love tee shirts you'd expect. Walk by quickly and you'd think the silk-screened image of Obama's close-shaved head was Ghandi's.

It was to hear more of those sentiments from the man himself--Obama, not Ghandi--that people started lining up at the Obama campaign office at least an hour before it was scheduled to open.

Source: Ohm-bama time in Denver. Quest for seats to hear Obama's acceptance speech Chicago Sun-Times August 9, 2008.

OmBama - Yes We Can!
OMbama Yoga classes! Enjoy these radically inspiring all level yoga classes of incredible, heartfelt practices for change! Join us for an eclectic and joyful practice as we celebrate the upcoming election and the opportunity of participating in the political process with one another and invoking the spirit of Obama's own phrase, YES WE CAN!

öm time yoga class, Boulder, CO.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

"One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute"

George Bush had his three-fingered W salute that supporters flashed when greeting him at presidential campaign events in 2000. And now, if a Los Angeles creative agency gets its way, Sen. Barack Obama will see fans meet him with his own salute like the one above. "Our goal is to see a crowd of 75,000 people at Obama's nomination speech holding their hands above their heads, fingers laced together in support of a new direction for this country, a renewed hope, and acceptance of responsibility for our future," says Rick Husong, owner of The Loyalty Inc. ...

"We thought, 'Let's try and start a movement where even while walking down the street, people would hold up the O and you would know that they were for Obama,' " says Husong. Much thought went into the relatively simple idea. "You interlace your hands in a circle, the interlacing being a symbol of different types of people coming together and the circle a symbol of unity," he says. ...
"We want to see it everywhere, but more importantly we want this sign to take the world by storm."
One Nation, Under a New Obama Salute U.S. News and World Report's "Washington Whispers". August 7, 2008.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

vote. obey. vote
Credit: Atelier Bagatelle' (Source:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., is silhouetted by the sun as he gets off the plane at South Bend Regional Airport in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Friday, July 18, 2008

"I have thrown myself into a new world—one in which fluffy chatter and frivolous praise are replaced by disciple-like devotion ..."

Barack Obama must be elected President of the United States. It’s his worldview, his clarity of judgment, and his just plain right-mindedness that resonate with me. Figuring that my efforts were best spent raising money for the campaign, I have thrown myself into a new world—one in which fluffy chatter and frivolous praise are replaced by a get-to-the-point directness and disciple-like devotion. It’s intense and intoxicating. ...

... I have to confess I felt a certain shame that the dress I wore—a bright-red Prada number from next season that my former boss, Carol, insisted I buy the day before—cost more than the $1,000 ticket to the event itself. ... How this paid off I’ll share in a moment. ...

I was on my feet as Senator Obama entered the room. Fate had blessed me in this moment, as I realized that the aisle that was keeping me from my seat was created for him and his secret service escort to make their way to the stage. Within seconds, he was a few feet from me. Cameras were flashing, everyone was cheering, and I knew this was my moment. I pushed my way up to the barricade as he shook hands with as many people as time would allow. I squeezed up front, but Obama was moving quickly and just passed me by. Then, in a moment of divine intervention, he saw me, clad in my red stop-sign of a dress, back-tracked ever so slightly in his procession, grabbed my hand, and gave that brilliant smile of his. I literally said out loud to the woman next to me who witnessed my good fate, "I’ll never wash this hand again."
Elle associate publisher Samantha Fennell. July 2008. Samantha recently announced that she was leaving her position to follow Obama and raise funds for his campaign.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

"You'll have to measure time by `Before Obama' and `After Obama'"

[Film director Spike] Lee predicted Obama would be elected in November.

"When that happens, it will change everything. ... You'll have to measure time
by `Before Obama' and `After Obama,'
" Lee said during the panel. "It's an
exciting time to be alive now." ...
"Everything's going to be affected by this seismic change in the universe," he
-- Spike Lee, American Film Director. July 10, 2008.

"Barack Obama is the Platonic philosopher king we’ve been looking for for the past 2,400 years"

Barack Obama is the Platonic philosopher king we’ve been looking for for the past 2,400 years.

Plato argued that without a philosopher king there could be neither happiness (V, 473e, VI, 500d-3) nor personal perfection (VI, 499a-b). Therefore, none of us will attain the four excellences required for true unity — each of our souls will remain internally divided, broken (IV, 441c-d, 443c-e) — until the philosopher king arrives.

Thus, Plato wrote:
[W]e have to fix our souls – our souls are broken in this [city-state]. . . .. . . [The philosopher king is] the only person in this race who has a chance at healing this [city-state].
Or was that Michelle Obama?

Oh. It was Mrs. Obama. Either way, it works. Mr. Obama will fulfill the Platonic prophecies.

But he’ll do even more. He won’t just heal our city-states and souls. He won’t just bring the Heavenly Kingdom — dreamt of in both Platonism and Christianity — to earth. He will heal the earth itself.

And that, my friends, is taking the philosopher king to the next level. Only a Christian Platonism could predict what Obama will do.

We might say, then, that Obama is not only post-partisan and post-racial, but post-Platonist. The context in which he lives, moves, and has his being may have been first designed in the 300’s B.C.; but it was radically re-designed in the First Century, A.D.
Micah Tillman, July 10, 2008. Tillman is a lecturer in philosophy at The Catholic University of America.
DISCLAIMER: further investigation leads us to suspect that Tillman may not necessarily believe what he claims. Despite his lack of faith, we think his argument sound.