Omigod!!!!! They Found the Whitey Tape!!!!!

No, not that whitey tape. This is another whitey tape! (Or maybe it’s even worse than a whitey tape!) And it hasn’t been located, exactly — but, as Ben Shapiro tells us over at World O’ Breitbart, or whatever it is they’re calling the site these days, the tape has been identified….

Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play.

And she won’t release it.

“There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it,” Dickler informed our source. “It is not in Chicago.”

Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.” But she added: “No one is going to see the tape.”

She said she felt “very protective over it … due to all of the interest from conservatives recently.”…

Oh, this is going to keep a large crew of wingnut-welfare cases occupied for months — years, maybe. But really, who knows — does the damn thing even exist? Or is Dickler just messing with Young Ben’s head? And if it does exist, is it just of the play or of the discussion as well?

If the discussion was taped, it’s really hard to imagine that Obama said much — according to the previous story about this, the discussion panel included nineteeen different boldface names, most of whom, unlike the then-little-known “Sen. Baraka Obama,” were locally prominent enough to have their names spelled correctly on the theater’s press release. And those nineteen promised play-discussers were “among many others.” (Click to enlarge:)

Have you ever been to a discussion like this? I know Ben Shapiro and the other Breitbartniks would never have had such an experience, because it’s too commie-liberal for them, but really, if you’ve got that many participants, a lot of them aren’t going to say very much. I’m sure Shapiro thinks this would have been like some Party Congress that went on for hours and hours after the play, with everyone smoking Russian cigarettes, but people get bored after a while, especially if they just sat through a play, so my guess is that it broke up after an hour or so at most, and Obama’s contribution mostly consisted of nodding in agreement. (Though if the tape is ever found, that’s going to be the source of another Breitbart EXCLUSIVE! — “Look! Studs Terkel says, ‘It’s a class issue,’ and Obama nods in agreement! IT’S NOD-GATE!” Or some brief remark by Obama, barely audible over the inevitable feedback whine-note and lost in the theater’s echo, will be misinterpreted: he’ll have said, “How can we raise their standard of living?” and the Breitbartettes will say, “ARGH! ARGH! HE SAID, ‘HONKY, RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING’!”)

If the tape exists, will it ever be found? My guess is that it fell into the hands of some member of the troupe who subsequently unloaded it after a move to Vancouver or Brooklyn, and now it’s gathering dust in some junk shop, cryptically labeled and wedged in between an Alf lunchbox and a stack of Gino Vannelli LPs. But that’s not going to stop some right-wing plutocrat from doling out several million dollars in expense money to a bunch of pasty-faced College Republicans to try to find it. Wow, that will be money and time well spent.

(X-posted at No More Mister Nice Blog.)






129 replies
  1. 1
    Paul in KY says:

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents.

  2. 2
    BenA says:

    Cue O’Keefe putting on a fake mustache and a uniform with “Custodian” written on it in crayon.. trying to bluff his way into the bank so he can get into the safe-deposit box that the tape is in!

  3. 3
    redshirt says:

    Grounds for Impeachment I think. How arrogant these Demorats!

  4. 4
    dmsilev says:

    Jesus. God help us if the conservatives ever get around to viewing Obama’s 2001 appearance on ‘Check, Please!’ (a local PBS (gasp!) show which sends more or less random people to restaurants and lets them talk about it afterwards). Hey conservatives, Obama boasted of eating arugula and orange juice!

  5. 5
    Bort says:

    Wow. They’ve finally found the smoking gun connection between Obama and that guy that Romney’s father said people should all listen to. This is going to be bigger than Watergate.

  6. 6
    dmsilev says:

    @Paul in KY: They’ll make it up anyway. This way, we get to watch them work themselves up into yet another frothing fit over something that no sane person would care about.

  7. 7
    Soonergrunt says:

    Within 24 hours, the speculation from mid-level and higher-level conservatards will include something to the effect that the tape shows Obama, Terkel and others burning Old Glory.
    I’m betting it comes from either Ed Morrissey or one of the ‘editors’ at Red State.

  8. 8
    pete says:

    SteveM, you’re on a roll (at least you’re on my honor roll, ba-boom). Fine work, from un-scooping Brightfart’s poop to this …

  9. 9
    Steve says:

    I hope Ms. Dickler has an understanding of how much fun she can have with this situation, sort of like Bill Ayers “admitting” to various wingnuts that he ghost-wrote Obama’s book.

  10. 10
    butler says:

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents.

    They’ll make shit up about it whether its released or not, and if it is released they’ll freak out about it no matter how meaningless it is.

  11. 11
    Mike Goetz says:

    This sounds like the plot of a Don DeLillo novel from the late 70’s.

  12. 12
    MariedeGourany says:

    So Studs Terkel is a threat to America suddenly? How the fuck did that happen? Am I living on goatee-Spock earth?

  13. 13
    Splitting Image says:

    Props for the Gino Vannelli reference. :o)

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents.

    First let them make up their own contents, then release the tape.

  14. 14
    gwangung says:

    They might be able to release tape of the discussion, if it was done.

    They CANNOT release the tape of the play. They would have to ask permission of not only the rights holder of the play, but each individual actor who appeared in the play.

    ETA: And…really…it should be BREITBART.COM that should do the leg work, not the producer.

  15. 15
    delphi_ote says:

    Baraka is a different guy. I’m afraid he’s not a very good senator, either.

  16. 16
    Alesis says:

    @Paul in KY: If birther-gate taught us anything it’s that innocuous information should be held and then released only at maximum winger freakout.

  17. 17
    SteveM says:

    @pete: Thanks.

  18. 18

    The most bizarre thing about conservatives obsession with Saul Alinsky is that it seems they are more familiar with his work than 99.9% of liberals who have no idea who he was.

    And have we ever figured out what it is that Alinsky did/thought that makes appreciation of him somehow damning?

  19. 19
    Yossarian says:

    If it’s released and turns out to be totally innocuous, they’ll just claim they have evidence the tape was edited. And the lack of meaningful content will itself become evidence of “the conspiracy.”

    That’s just the way these people roll.

  20. 20
    twiffer says:

    @Paul in KY: 1) given the track record of “creative editing” these folks have, they are just going to make shit up anyway; 2) this reply sounds unfortunately similar to anti-4th amendment reasoning: “if you’ve nothing to hide, you needn’t worry about being searched”. there is no burden to prove it is “innocuous”. that is the default position. 3) i still don’t really know who the fuck saul alinsky is, let alone why seeing a play on his life is significant to these loons.

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    Rafer Janders says:

    Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.”

    Of course it can’t be viewed. No one owns a VCR anymore.

  23. 23
    Democratic Nihilist, Keeper Of Party Purity says:

    Best troll ever.

  24. 24
    kuvasz says:

    Waiting for WND to tell us that the tape shows a young Barack Obama ripping the fetus out of a WHITE WOMAN and eating it head first during the second intermission.

  25. 25
    Soonergrunt says:

    @delphi_ote: I would LOVE to see a floor debate featuring him, though. And when he wins, the gallery could chant “FINISH HIM…FINISH HIM…FINISH HIM”
    That would be EPIC!

    O/T-five more sponsors have pulled adverts from Limbaugh today, including AccuQuote, ServiceMagic, Polycom, Hadeed Carpet and Thompson Creek Windows.

  26. 26
    General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero) says:

    Lots of mild meld on this right wing brane fart. It might be marginally more better for the cause than wingers pawing around in women’s medicine cabinets and vaginas. And when you think of it, it kinda is a play in and of itself. Bringing irony and the stupid to a full boil.

  27. 27
    twiffer says:

    @dmsilev: i still love how obama was made out to be “snobbish” because he was talking about the price of arugula in whole foods to a bunch of farmers in iowa. who grew arugula. because iowa is the major grower of arugula in the US.

    elitist!

  28. 28
    Mark S. says:

    This has got to be the lamest wingnut conspiracy of all time. Maybe Breitbart died of embarrassment?

  29. 29
    Senyordave says:

    @gwangung: Good point on the copyright issue. Although you need to keep in mind that intellectual property rights don’t mean anything to the many on the right, and seems to be generally trumped by their interest. I think the producer should agree to sell the videotape of the discussion to Breitbart.com for $10M SIGHT UNSEEN. Let them pay through the nose and see if it amounts to anything.

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    kay says:

    It doesn’t matter what anyone releases. We found that out with the birth certificate. The accusation is enough to carry them for at least three years.

  31. 31
    redshirt says:

    @MariedeGourany: You have to ask? WE’RE IN THE MIRROR UNIVERSE SHEEPLES!!!

  32. 32
    jibeaux says:

    @Mark S.: Seconded.

  33. 33
    rob! says:

    OT, so sue me:

    Sully said this today, about the whole Rush the Hutt kerfuffle: t’s a free country, but I get queasy with boycotts to target disgusting but free speech.

    For fuck’s sake, WHY? Isn’t that Capitalism working the way its supposed to? This isn’t the government, its a bunch of private companies deciding that Rush isn’t worth the financial loss.

    I read Sully regularly, but JESUS CHRIST IN A BURKEAN CHICKEN BASKET is he incoherent sometimes.

  34. 34
    PeakVT says:

    Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.”

    Or, she knows there’s nothing on it, and is waiting for the most opportune moment to release it and pants the wingnuts like Obama did with his birth certificate.

    That’s unlikely, but still I really want it to be true.

  35. 35
    Patricia Kayden says:

    Hilarious post! Poor Baraka — it’s always something with the commie, Muslim, socialist Kenyan, no?

  36. 36
    FedSec says:

    Hey, I used to like Gino Vannelli!

  37. 37
    scav says:

    @rob!: Its so sad their little tragic faces when they discover the invisible hand isn’t their invisible hand and it’s coming down smartly on their visible backside. I guess that means I’m a partner in your OT lawsuit.

  38. 38
    Clark says:

    @Paul in KY: I prefer to see it drag out and turned into a freakout. Even if it is innocuous, they will assume that it has been doctored. And where’s the birth certificate, by the way.

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    Hob says:

    I almost wish they would have the chutzpah to start doing the whole “secret commie Alinstigator of the Symbionese Weather Panthers” bit on Studs Goddamn Terkel… just to see if I’m right to think that Studs would leap out of the grave to kick their asses into next week on live radio.

  40. 40

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  41. 41
    Culture of Truth says:

    Release the tape!
    Release the birth certificate!
    Release the grades!
    Release the long-form birth certificate!
    Release the other tape!

  42. 42
    Jeff Fecke says:

    You guys don’t get it. What this proves is that your phony “Barack Obama” doesn’t exist. The tape would prove that there was only a “Baraka Obama,” who is actually a white Republican. WHERE’S THE LONG-FORM POST-ALINSKY PLAY TRANSCRIPT?

  43. 43
    FedSec says:

    Sully said this today, about the whole Rush the Hutt kerfuffle: t’s a free country, but I get queasy with boycotts to target disgusting but free speech.

    He’s full of shit. He’s only queasy when a boycott affects someone on the right. You don’t hear a peep from him when the ‘tards are boycotting someone on the left.

  44. 44

    But don’t you get it? This is why Clinton and Obama had Soros pay some Chicago union thugs procured by Rev. Jeremiah Wright to take out Bretibart!

    It all makes so much sense! Finally!

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ……

  45. 45
    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    ok conspiracy nuts, here is your chance.

    if they could fake the moon landing, way back then, and the jfk assasination, and the ravens super bowl victory, and the comedy career of dane cook, then they can and would fake this, i mean if they could they would. you can’t argue that.

    also, too how would anyone know that only and exactly one tape is in existence? odd specificity eh?

  46. 46
    Rafer Janders says:

    @rob!:

    He’s an idiot. And, of course, since he doesn’t use birth control, if it doesn’t affect him directly, he has trouble empathizing.

    Say a business refused to serve gay conservative English Catholics, though. Suddenly I think he’d see the value of a targeted boycott of that business.

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    Schlemizel says:

    I see this as a possible good thing. If the sugar daddies actually hire a bunch of wingnut students to comb the backwoods looking for this alleged tape that will reduce unemployment & increase spending for things like Maxim magazine & Axe body spray which will stimulate the economy. This is good news for Baraka Obama! 1! 1!

  48. 48
    rob! says:

    @Rafer Janders

    Say a business refused to serve gay conservative English Catholics, though. Suddenly I think he’d see the value of a targeted boycott of that business.

    Oh, Christ, his blog would have to change color to denote such a tragedy.

  49. 49
    Seebach says:

    Some psychopath is going to go rob that woman’s house.

  50. 50

    Paging Sheriff Joe Arpaio! Clean up on aisle Breitbart! clean up on aisle Breitbart!

  51. 51
    Culture of Truth says:

    Cue O’Keefe putting on a fake mustache and a uniform with “Custodian” written on it in crayon.. trying to bluff his way into the bank so he can get into the safe-deposit box that the tape is in!

    Meanwhile Iowa just enacted a law making it a crime to lie to gain access to a livestock operation to record animal abuse.

  52. 52
    kay says:

    @Seebach:

    Some psychopath is going to go rob that woman’s house.

    I always feel sorry for ordinary people who get caught up in their crazy. That woman had a normal life yesterday. No more.

    Research! She’ll be vetted, poor thing.

  53. 53
    dmsilev says:

    I still think Barack Obama travelled back in time to fake the evidence of his own birth. Go ahead, prove me wrong.

  54. 54
    Corner Store Operator says:

    How long until this bubbles up and becomes a traditional media story (they seem to take a lot of their cues from the insane right) with Scarborough wondering what Obama could possibly have to hide?

  55. 55
    Brachiator says:

    @Paul in KY:

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents

    Bless your heart, that’s just so sweet. It’s like when Obama released his birth certificate, and birtherism disappeared.

    There was a single unsmiling photograph of Mrs Obama taken at a recent dinner for returning soldiers. There were a slew of comments noting how this photo “proved” that Mrs Obama hated America. Another story, a photo of Mrs Obama hugging student athletes, most, not all black girls. There were a slew of comments noting how this photo “proved” that Mrs Obama “only loves her own.”

    For people suffering from this degree of racial anxiety, it would not matter if the tape is released. Claims will immediately be made that it has been doctored. Conspiracy theories are infinitely self renewing, because the underlying anxiety has nothing to do with reality.

  56. 56
    feebog says:

    You would have to be a special kind of crazy to think there was anything that would matter to the average voter on that tape. Might be interesting to have some of the folks who participated in that panel discussion start musing about what was said. Could be a lot of fun poking at the embers of this raging wingnut fire.

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    harlana says:

    Gino Vanelli was still around in the 90’s?

  58. 58
    Chyron HR says:

    I’m sure Baraka delivered an impromptu barn-burner of a speech denouncing America and calling for a global communist caliphate.

    Because that’s what Obama’s most known for among the GOP–his skills as an orator. Right?

  59. 59
    scav says:

    OMOTGOD Today, SuperTuesday!, is the 100th birthday of the OREO! How long has this plot been going ON? !

  60. 60
    amk says:

    @Brachiator: Yup. Nailed it. Haters gonna hate. Fuck’em.

  61. 61
    SteveM says:

    @harlana: Gino Vannelli is still around.

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    chopper says:

    @J.W. Hamner:

    every time i hear some conservative dude mention saul alinsky all i hear is ‘jewy jew jew look out, jews!’.

  63. 63
    Culture of Truth says:

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents

    Good point. On that note, anyone have a link to the website with Romney’s birth certificate?

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    Dr. Loveless says:

    @J.W. Hamner:

    And have we ever figured out what it is that Alinsky did/thought that makes appreciation of him somehow damning?

    He thought people with little or no political power should increase that power through community organizing and participation in the democratic process.

    Fucking Commie.

  65. 65
    harlana says:

    NODGATE, i like it

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    Seebach says:

    I picked up Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals at a book store because I was in college and it seemed interesting. It basically talks about how he got a bunch of African-American inner city people to work together to get a voice in democracy.

    So yeah, pretty toxic shit if you hate ACORN.

  67. 67
    harlana says:

    @FedSec: i did like that one song, i think it was his only hit

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    of course someone in the theater is a far-left ally of baraka, and her name is dickler so you know she has to be one of those “contraceptive” people.

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    Poopyman says:

    @harlana: Gaah! Why do you people make me Google these things? It’s a tarp, I tell you!

    Mr. Vannelli (no relation to Milli) is still performing and recording – and posing for earnest looking photos, to judge by his website.
    Blarg!

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    Kirbster says:

    Meanwhile, in the real world, Super Tuesday is a super-snooze in my little town in Massachusetts. I just got back from voting. Plenty of parking spaces at the Community Center where we hold elections (unlike in 2008.) There were two hardcore Obama supporters holding placards out by the turn-in (I gave them a big smile and a thumbs-up on the way in). I didn’t see any signs for the Republican contenders. No waiting at all to cast a ballot. Most of the voters trickling in were either Republicans or Unaffiliated voters who got to choose whichever ballot they wanted. Despite all the winger craziness over the last couple of weeks, no one had wild eyes or foamed at the mouth or called me a “libtard” or a “LIEberal” as I strolled across the gym floor with my pink(!) Democratic ballot. There was so little to vote on. Apparently all of Elizabeth Warren’s competitors have withdrawn, so there was no Senate primary contest, and no challenger to my blandly moderate House Rep. The town is run by a committee of 35 people, so there’s not a lot of opportunities for budding theocrats or fascists to seize power; I had the option to vote for them individually or as a group.

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    harlana says:

    here’s the first comment i saw:

    What does it matter? The MSM could catch Obama eating embryos while having sex with a corpse and they’ll spin it as an unfair attack by the GOP.

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    MaxxLange says:

    @MariedeGourany:

    So Studs Terkel is a threat to America suddenly? How the fuck did that happen? Am I living on goatee-Spock earth?

    Your agonizer, please, Mr. Cole.

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    harlana says:

    @Poopyman: well i checked it out; “no shows booked at the moment”

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    supa says:

    @Kirbster: but here is the dumb part. Warren is probably going to lose. You clowns are so busy trying to vote for someone who reminds you of mom you forgot you also need someone who is going to WIN.

    It will be just like last time. She is already behind in the polls and that is with non stop campaigning while all Brown has done is sit back and let Koch donors throw mud at her.

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    comrade scott's agenda of rage says:

    @rob!:

    I read Sully regularly,

    Which is why he continues to have a soapbox. The more people stop clicking on his site, the soooner he’ll go ‘way.

    @FedSec:

    Useless trivia question: who was the first white musician to appear on Soul Train. It wasn’t Elton John but none other than the aforementioned Gino dude.

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    Marcellus Shale, Public Dick says:

    @harlana:

    depends, is the corpse male or female?

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    Satanicpanic says:

    @Chyron HR: I wonder if he was relying on the teleprompter even back then

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    Biff Longbotham says:

    Don’t take this the wrong way, folks, but to hell with whatever a young, unknown (at the time) Obama may or may not have said. I want to know what two genuine heroes , Leon Depres (for many years the lone voice of reason and ‘fuck you, Mayor Daley’ burr under the saddleness in the Chicago city council) and Studs Terkel, may have said on that tape.

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    Poopyman says:

    @harlana: LOL! I didn’t check that far. Apparently the earnest look comes from waiting for the phone to ring.

    And waiting. And ….

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    kc says:

    Ben Shapiro? Hahahaha!

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    Villago Delenda Est says:

    Or is Dickler just messing with Young Ben’s head?

    Not difficult to do. The little twit is one of the most gullible snots ever to walk the Earth.

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    RalfW says:

    But that’s not going to stop some right-wing plutocrat from doling out several million dollars in expense money to a bunch of pasty-faced College Republicans to try to find it. Wow, that will be money and time well spent.

    That’s the grift.

    They made this whole frakking thing up, and are gonna milk some idiot fellow-conservatives for mad cash to “track it down.”

    Seems like sweet deal for the CRs. Maybe they’ll have to go to Hawaii a couple times for research. In March. Y’know, Spring Break, dude!!

  83. 83

    Perhaps OT:

    If I understand the series of events correctly, the government of Iran issued a statement that it would like to resume talks with the rest of the world about nuclear capability and about inspections. Representatives of “the rest of the world” have agreed and made public statements to that effect. I didn’t see any specific dates.

    Still, that looks like it might be a positive step. If so, congrats to us peaceniks.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/.....story.html

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    Paul in KY says:

    @dmsilev: I would like them to spend their money for nothing. That would be good.

    I want dumbasses votes as well. We would know they were jacking around, some clueless person, that could be the thing (they happen to hate the name ‘Alinsky’) that gets them not to vote for the Pres.

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Alesis: OK, sounds good to me.

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    aimai says:

    @Kirbster:
    My little MA town is Cambridge. I love my ward. I go in to the nearly empty polling station and right ahead of me is a grande dame of Cambridge and well known gardener who is a friend of my mother. Right behind me someone else I know. We all go into the little booths and begin calling out to each other from booth to booth like birds. Voting is such a communal expression. It makes me angry that its done on a tuesday during work hours for most people. It should absolutely be a national holiday and they should serve beer.

    aimai

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    kd bart says:

    The tape reveals a young Obama on the grassy knoll with rifle in hand.

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    Mike G says:

    and the Breitbartettes will say, “ARGH! ARGH! HE SAID, ‘HONKY, RAISE THEIR STANDARD OF LIVING’!”)

    That is some TBogg-quality snark…

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    PPOG Penguin says:

    I bet that if you play the tape backward, you can make out Obama reading a secret Satanic message.

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    Laertes says:

    Can anyone explain to me why these guys think that a connection with Alinsky is going to do Obama’s rep any harm? Do the wingers think he was some kind of terrorist?

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    Paul in KY says:

    @Brachiator: Yeah, you have your ‘logic’ and all that, but without the actual tape, they will make all sorts of outrageo…oh, they do that anyway. Nevermind.

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    quickly says:

    and now it’s gathering dust in some junk shop, cryptically labeled and wedged in between an Alf lunchbox and a stack of Gino Vannelli LPs.

    that’s excellent

  93. 93
    MikeJ says:

    @kd bart:

    The tape reveals a young Obama on the grassy knoll with rifle in hand.

    For a one year old he knew how to handle a Mannlicher Carcano.

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    Jay C says:

    @MikeJ:

    On 11/22/63 Young “Baraka” was two (probably more, who knows exactly when he was born?) so, yeah: for a Kenyan, that’s just about draft age…. old enough to pull a bolt.

    (auto-fire makes it easier to recruit the pre-2s nowadays….)

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    wasabi gasp says:

    Breitbart, hisownself, has been uncharacteristically mum about all this stuff lately.

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    Poopyman says:

    @wasabi gasp: He’s hobnobbing with Generalissimo Francisco Franco.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @dmsilev:

    I love Check, Please!–especially when the people get all passive-aggressive and defensive about their restaurant choices. But even if everybody’s agreeable, it’s a great way to learn about new restaurants to try out.

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    Ben Cisco says:

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    JGabriel says:

    From Ben Shapiro @ DeadWingnut.com:

    Sources inform Breitbart.com today that Pam Dickler, director of the 1998 production of The Love Song of Saul Alinsky in Chicago that included a panel discussion featuring then-State Sen. Barack Obama, has a video tape of the play. […] Dickler told our source that she doesn’t believe she’s ever watched the tape, and she doesn’t know if it “can be viewed.” But she added: “No one is going to see the tape.”

    It must be protected. No ever can ever see the tape of Obama admitting that he’s from the Planet Kjnaerw (pronounced Helena) in the Alpha Centauri system.

    .

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    Phoenician in a time of Romans says:

    @J.W. Hamner:

    And have we ever figured out what it is that Alinsky did/thought that makes appreciation of him somehow damning?

    He was a Jewish organiser who tried to get Negroes to vote. Don’t you see the threat that poses to America?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    As far as the tape itself goes, I don’t think most people realize how much of a problem it is for historical archives that a lot of their electronic media is obsolete and can no longer be viewed. If they recorded the tape on 2″ video, good luck finding something that can play it back — they’d probably have to contact the Art Institute, and even then they’d have to call around to try and find some museum, somewhere, that still has an operational deck.

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    drones over idaho says:

    Just the fact that a tape may exist, somewhere, anywhere, proves beyond any unreasonable doubt that Barry is a commie, pinko, soschullist agent working for Putin to turn Florida into a gulag archipelago and Alabama into a massive concentration camp. And don’t even ask what’s in store for Mississippi, South Cackalacky, and Texas.

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    scav says:

    @Mnemosyne: The Entire Course of Modern Recording Technology has been Part Of The Coverup. News at 11:00.

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    Maus says:

    @Paul in KY:

    If the tape is innocuous, it should be released. Otherwise, the whackjobs will just make up their own contents.

    They’re going to make up the contents anyway, fuck ’em. You seem to think that reality matters.

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    AA+ Bonds says:

    BTW this is almost certainly the “big story” that convinced Mancow and crew that Breitbart was assassinated (because my guess is that BigGovernment has been whispering about it for some time to build their cachet)

    If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s time to educate yourself about the opposition

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    g says:

    Tbogg has a post about this, and in the comments someone links to another Obama revelation – a young Barack Obama sitting on a couch next to an unidentified young man! Impeach him!

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    Emma says:

    @Linda Featheringill: With all due respect to us peaceniks, congrats to Hillary Clinton and her team at State, ’cause they’ve been working their asses off on this issue.

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    nellcote says:

    The Entire Course of Modern Recording Technology has been Part Of The Coverup.

    Bless the DJs for keeping turntables in production!

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    ruemara says:

    Dunno why you have to lay some trash talk on Gino Vannelli, this is still danceable

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    Tractarian says:

    Why are you people bothering with this?

    The big news of today is that Obama admitted in his press conference that he is not a natural born American citizen!

    “Those who are suggesting, or proposing, or beating the drums of war should explain clearly to the American people what the costs of war would be,” he says. “I am not one of those people.”

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    Dr. Loveless says:

    @Laertes:

    Can anyone explain to me why these guys think that a connection with Alinsky is going to do Obama’s rep any harm? Do the wingers think he was some kind of terrorist?

    The same reason they thought bringing up Bill Ayers would hurt him in ’08, even though hardly anyone under age 60 had ever heard of him.

    Either that, or it’s “ZOMG TEH JOOZ!!!!!” Or maybe both.

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    rikyrah says:

    they are so silly

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    bootsy says:

    Cannot believe that we sent a black-ops squad after old Breitbart for this!

    Does anyone know how to get a refund from Kenyan Soshulist Assassins, Inc? Are they going to be dicks about it?

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    Sasha says:

    “Baraka” Obama?

    Oh my God … Obama is a Tarkatan mutant nomad sent by Shao Kahn to soften up the Earthrealm for invasion by the Outworld.

    Our only hope is for the GOP to draft a champion and defeat Baraka Obama in … MORTAL KOMBAT!
    .

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    Cheap Jim says:

    Hey, that Alf merch is gonna be worth mucho dinero some day!

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    @Cheap Jim:

    Hey, that Alf merch is gonna be worth mucho dinero some day!

    “Remember ALF? He’s back–in pog form!”

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    Rafer Janders says:

    Obama is a Tarkatan mutant nomad sent by Shao Kahn to soften up the Earthrealm for invasion by the Outworld.

    Quiet, you fool! No one must know!

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    pragmatism says:

    isn’t it damning enough that obama went to a play, regardless of the subject matter? that in and of itself is elitist. next they’ll tell me that he went to a film with subtitles.

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    Chyron HR says:

    @pragmatism:

    next they’ll tell me that he went to a film with subtitles.

    Like Star Wars!

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    Chris says:

    @rob!:

    For fuck’s sake, WHY? Isn’t that Capitalism working the way its supposed to?

    Like I’ve said in the past, there are tons of times when capitalism works the way it’s supposed to and doesn’t turn out the way wingnuts wished it would.

    A normal person would either throw up their arms and say “oh well, the market hath spoken” or reconsider their absolute faith in the infallible Market-God, but these are conservatives, so instead, they take it as an excuse to start squealing about liberal conspiracies, soshulist plots, repression of their freedoms, the works.

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    SteveM says:

    @Tractarian: You’re joking, but the wingers are going to say that for real.

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    @twiffer: They heard “arugula” and instantly thought “Dukakis” and “Belgian endive”. And if you don’t know what I’m referring to, you’re probably younger than the people involved.

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    Emma says:

    @dmsilev: I believe firmly that he’s Gallifreyan. I lean towards the Master, myself. We know how tricky that evil bastard can be.

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    Xecky Gilchrist says:

    “There is only one archive tape of the play and I have it,” Dickler informed our source.

    That’s a weird spelling of “Korir.”

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    I guess this is the grounds for impeachment the Republicans have been scrabbling around for for 3 years. I only wish this had never come to light. I was really hoping Obama could keep this hidden and thus steer clear of the inevitable impeachment, removal from office and civilian prosecution that this will inevitably lead to. I guess we liberals should feel more shame at admiring such a man, even when we knew about the criminal past he had so cleverly swept under the rug, but, well, we liberals have no shame. We don’t even know enough to feel ashamed when we testify about the legitimate medical uses of birth control like cheap sluts, the way Sandra Fluke did.

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    @General Stuck (Bravo Nope Zero):

    I wonder if anybody has thought of calling him Andrew Brainfart. It fits, but I haven’t seen it anywhere so far. If not, then I hereby claim copyright.

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    Joseph Nobles says:

    If anyone follows Twitter, the hashtag to check out is #VetThePrez. Sweet lord, the silliness…

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    @J.W. Hamner: He wrote the primer on organizing for radicals. We at #ABLC are having a book chat on it. It’s really quite fascinating. Join us!

    I really hope Ms. Dickler is just fucking with Shapiro. ::pops popcorn and sits back to watch::

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    Lyrebird says:

    I know I’m late to this, but oh yeah, dangerous panel with a *Monsignor* and a Midwestern county clerk!!!

    Funny!

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