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I do not believe in guilt by association. As a youngster though my mother would always say "show me your friends and I will tell you who you are."
We are all by products of the strong influences of our family friends and associates. This is why I now question whether Barack Obama is the most qualified to lead this country in the next few years.  

Barack certainly had a diversified childhood. He was born in Hawaii to a black African father and white American mother.  They met at the University of Hawaii. They divorced  shortly after Obama was born.
His father continued on to Harvard to get a Phd. and then returned to Africa. As a socialist he soon became dissillusioned and embittered by the tyrants that took control in post colonial Africa.
His mother remarried a student from Indonesia and the family moved there. Obama attended Christian and Muslim schools there.
When he was 11, his mother and stepfather divorced and Obama returned to Hawaii and his grandparents and attended an excellent prep school there.
He next attended Columbia University in NYC and came under the influence of a radical Muslim professor Rashid Khalidi founder of the AAAN an American Arab group.  Khalidi is best known for his efforts to get the president of Iran Ahmadinejad to speak at Columbia last year.
Obama next obtained a law degree from Harvard and settled down in Chicago working for a law firm and acting as community organizer.
Attempting to provide low cost housing for poor Afro americans in Chicago, he became friends with Tony Rezko whose company was involved in low cost housing.   Rezko obtained public funding to develop homes but became a virtual slum lord.  He is now on trial for not revealing to Federal investigators a 350 million dollar loan he obtained from
Arab billionaire Nhadmi Auchi. Auchi is well known in Europe for his ties to terrorists.
Obama at this time was a paid director of the Woods Foundation along with William Ayers,radical Weatherman from the 70's.  The group made several grants to the AAAN and gave a million to Tony Rezko.
Another close friend and mentor was the Rev. Wright pastor of his chicago church, which is well known for a combination Southern Baptist,Socialist and radical black Muslim views. They support Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.Their philosophy may explain some of Obama's recent
statements on small town America.
While none of these connections are indictments of Obama and I think he has the potential to become a great leader in the future, I do not think he is the best candidate to represent the interests and needs of all Americans today.

Originally posted to Tulla Flatbush Nana on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:40 AM PDT.

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  •  Yawwwwwnnnnnnn....Next? nt (4+ / 0-)

    Sarcasm: It beats killing people...

    by Dreggas on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:42:35 AM PDT

  •  please provide links for your assertions nt (2+ / 0-)
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    Shhs, history geek

    Don't tell me you're a patriot. Let me find it out for myself.

    by indybend on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:43:43 AM PDT

  •  Riigggghhhhhhhttttt..... (4+ / 0-)

    Let's just continue representing the interests of rich white people and corporations...thats the answer.

  •  You picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue. nt (2+ / 0-)
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  •  Post a tip jar (4+ / 0-)
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    lgmcp, Shhs, MAORCA, yuppers

    You have convinced me to vote for Hillary Clinton with these remarkable revelations.  Thank you.

  •  Curried Zucchini Soup (5+ / 0-)
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    Nonie3234, lgmcp, mlandman, GeeMa, unertl

    I'm already collecting recipes for the anticipated summertime avalanche of zucchini from the garden.  Here's one I haven't yet tried from From Diana Rattray, of Your Guide to Southern Food.

       * 1 medium onion, chopped, about 1/2 cup
       * 1 small clove garlic, minced
       * 1 small carrot, shredded
       * 1 tablespoon butter
       * 2 medium zucchini, sliced or chopped, about 1 1/2 to 2 pounds
       * 2 apples, peeled, diced
       * 4 cups chicken broth
       * 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, or to taste
       * salt, to taste

    PREPARATION:
    In a large saucepan, melt butter over low heat; sauté the onion, garlic and carrot slowly until onion begins to yellow. Add zucchini, diced apples, chicken broth, and curry powder. Boil for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.

    Carefully puree the hot soup in the blender in small batches. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve soup garnished with cilantro or Italian parsley leaves.
    Serves 4 to 6.

    •  This is too nice of a recipe, for the diary! (0+ / 0-)

      Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

      by Shhs on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:55:09 AM PDT

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      •  I notice troll diaries no longer (2+ / 0-)
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        fill mainly with recipes, but rather typically go to 100's of indignant comments.  

        This is just naturallty tempting to engage in(I weighed in, below)but unfortunately all too likely to gratify the diarists.  Negative attention IS attention, as we learn in puppy-training school.

        So here's to the good old recipe-posting technique.  It's the online equivalent of turning our collective backs and shunning.

        "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

        by lgmcp on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:01:21 PM PDT

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        •  Well I usually post fried squirrel in diaries (0+ / 0-)

          this stupid

          Fried Squirrel
          1 Squirrel, cleaned and quartered
          1 Small onion, chopped
          2 Stalks of celery, chopped
          1 tsp. garlic powder
          Salt & Pepper to taste
          Place squirrel in pan and cover with water. Add onion and celery and season to taste. Boil squirrel for about 20 minutes. Remove from pan, rinse and let cool.
          Batter
          1 Cup flour
          1 Egg
          1/2 Cup of milk
          1 tsp. onion powder
          Salt and Pepper to taste
          Mix all ingredients together until you have a smooth batter. Place squirrel sections in batter and deep fry until golden brown.
          Serves 2

          Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

          by Shhs on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:03:23 PM PDT

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          •  My mom's brothers used to bring home squirrel (1+ / 0-)
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            when they were scraping by on water biscuits and red-eye gravy.  Apparently if you haven't had any protein lately, squirrel is heavenly.  

            "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

            by lgmcp on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:04:36 PM PDT

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            •  For old times (0+ / 0-)

              Pork Rind-Crusted Fried Squirrel with Molasses Red-Eye Gravy (Serves four)
              John Currence, the James Beard Award-winning chef of the City Grocery in Oxford, Mississippi, conceived of this crushed pork-rind coating for fried chicken, but it works even better crusting the more flavorful meat of young gray squirrels. To make "pork rind powder," drop a bag or two of rinds in the blender and pulverize until you have coarse, sandy-textured bits. Currence recommends Brim's Hot Pork Rinds and serves this dish with hot cornbread for sopping up the red-eye gravy.

              4 young squirrels, dressed and quartered
              1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
              2 stalks celery, roughly chopped
              2 carrots, roughly chopped
              6 cloves garlic, peeled
              1 gallon water
              1 cup apple cider vinegar
              1-1/2 cups lard
              1-1/2 cups peanut or vegetable oil
              3 cups all-purpose flour seasoned with salt, black pepper, paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder
              2 cups pork rind powder (see recipe headnote)
              2 cups milk
              3 eggs, lightly beaten
              3/4 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
              Salt, cayenne powder, and Tabasco, to taste
              Tasso and Molasses Red-Eye Gravy
              1/3 cup tasso or other thick-sliced ham, diced
              1/2 cup bacon, diced
              1 tablespoon flour
              1-1/4 cups beef stock
              3/4 cup strong black coffee
              1/3 cup Coca-Cola
              2 tablespoons molasses
              1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
              Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

              1. Generously season the squirrel pieces with salt, pepper, and cayenne; allow to sit for 2 hours.
              1. Bring water, cider vinegar, onion, celery, carrot, and garlic to a boil, then boil for 15 minutes. Add the squirrel pieces and simmer for 12 to 15 minutes, until the meat is cooked through but not falling apart. Remove the meat. Drain the vegetables in a colander and discard them.
              1. Make the red-eye gravy: In a large cast-iron skillet or pan, saut¿¿ the bacon and tasso over medium heat until all the fat is rendered. Whisk in the flour until it's well combined, continuing to whisk over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in the beef stock, coffee, Coca-Cola, molasses, and red pepper flakes, bring to a simmer, and whisk constantly until gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
              1. In a large cast-iron skillet or Dutch oven, heat the oil and lard to 325¿¿, or until a pinch of flour bubbles in the oil.
              1. Whisk together the milk and eggs with a dash of Tabasco. Dust the squirrel in the seasoned flour and set aside. Add the pork rind powder to the remaining seasoned flour and combine well. Dunk the squirrel in the egg wash, then dredge them in the pork rind and flour mixture, shaking off any excess. Fry the pieces until golden brown, working in batches. Drain on paper towels and serve immediately with gravy on the side, and cornbread if desired.

              Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

              by Shhs on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:06:35 PM PDT

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              •  Wow, pork-rind coating! (1+ / 0-)
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                That just sounds so sinfully delicious.  I think it's time to make that recipe, as a surprise for my mom.  I'll probably substitue chicken pieces, or maybe rabbit if I can get it.  

                And I'll put buttermilk in the cornbread, because I can't resist.

                "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

                by lgmcp on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:12:03 PM PDT

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    •  Easy oven-fried zuchini (4+ / 0-)
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      Catte Nappe, GeoGrl, history geek, GeeMa

      Slice thinly and toss with mayonaise until lightly and evenly coated.  Then toss with finely-grated parmesan cheese.  

      Place in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and cook until golden-brown, crispy, and delicious!

      Works well for eggplant, too, but eggplant should first be salted and drained.  

      "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

      by lgmcp on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:55:21 AM PDT

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    •  If you plant your Zucchini on the flats... (0+ / 0-)

      you will lessen the avalanche danger!

      It worked in Vermont (Green Mountains and all that), just trying to help!

      I support Barack Obama, and I approved this message.

      by mlandman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:57:05 AM PDT

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    •  Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe (3+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp, GeoGrl, Shhs

      2 1/2 cups regular all-purpose flour, unsifted
      1/2 cup cocoa
      2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
      1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
      1 teaspoon salt
      1 teaspoon cinnamon
      3/4 cup soft butter
      2 cups sugar
      3 eggs
      2 teaspoons vanilla
      2 teaspoons grated orange peel
      2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
      1/2 cup milk
      1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
      Glaze (directions follow)

      Preheat the oven to 350°F.

      1 Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

      2 With a mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini.

      3 Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, including the nuts with the last addition.

      4 Pour the batter into a greased and flour-dusted 10-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (test at 45 minutes!) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly.

      5 Drizzle glaze over cake.

      Glaze: Mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.

      Cut in thin slices to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.

      I support Barack Obama, and I approved this message.

      by mlandman on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:59:49 AM PDT

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    •  Have you tried to grow zucchini in a container (0+ / 0-)

      or on a trellis?

      Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

      by Shhs on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 12:17:50 PM PDT

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  •  I often defend Hillary, but THIS dog won't hunt (5+ / 0-)

    Because in the game of which politician has more questionable associations ... the Clintons will necessarily have the worser scorecard.  

    Even if it were only because of being in politics longer, they'd win on the shady-characters count hands-down.  

    "The extinction of the human race will come from its inability to EMOTIONALLY comprehend the exponential function." -- Edward Teller

    by lgmcp on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:52:19 AM PDT

  •  how far into the future (3+ / 0-)
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    does it have to be for him to be a "great leader"?  At what age do these associations cease to matter for you?   53?  65? If you truly believe that these associations are bad and are indicative of his character, that i think it is disingenuous to say he "has the potential to become a great leader in the future."  
    i think he has the potential to become a great leader next January 20.

  •  First of all I disagree with your (6+ / 0-)

    characterizations of Rev. Wright, Obama's relationship with Rezko, Obama's statements on small town America, and probably professor Rashid Khalidi.

    But if this is the crteria you're using to judge a candidate have you also done comparative analysis of the associates of Hillary and McCain? Am I to believe that everyone they know, have worked with, and were taught by are of sterling moral character and are not the least bit controversal in any way?

  •  Dude or dudette there are so many more (1+ / 0-)
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    indelicate things we could bring up about HRC.  Don't even start.

    Did you know that Obama is responsible for everything ever uttered by a black person and any supporter? Obama-Taking on the sins of the world since 1/03/08.

    by Shhs on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 11:55:53 AM PDT

  •  What else... (0+ / 0-)

    ... did you mother teach you as a youngster?

  •  By your previous diaries it is clear... (0+ / 0-)

    that Obama was never your choice.  Hillary was once my choice, too.  But she has shown me that she isn't going to change anything.  She has shown me that she cares more about winning and power. She will not only say anything to win, she will outright lie.  She is using republican tactics and talking points for crying out loud.  She definitely has more experience in DC, and she is showing just how inside the system she is!  

    And since you've chosen to lump everyone your age together as though they have had the same life/culture experience you've had, I'd like to say that I'm not impressed by the selfish and self-centered leadership that your generation has brought to the world.

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