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Iranians Hoping for 'Muslim' Obama Victory

By    |   Sunday, 07 September 2008 06:58 PM

Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):

1. Iranians Hoping for 'Muslim' Obama Victory
2. Columnist: McCain Win Will Trigger 'Race War'
3. Obama's Unwed Mom Pregnant at 17
4. Michael Moore: Democrats Should Lay Off Palin's Daughter
5. Washingtonian Announces 'Best & Worst of Congress'
6. We Heard: GOP Convention, George Bush, Jimmy Carter

1. Iranians Hoping for 'Muslim' Obama Victory

Iran's leadership has expressed "great pleasure" at the prospect of a Barack Obama victory in November, according to Menashe Amir, the Iranian-born head of Radio Israel's Persian language service.

But Iranian President Ahmadinejad has said he doubts that the American establishment "will allow" Obama to win.

"One of the Iranian religious leaders said if Obama will enter the White House, then Islam will conquer the heart of the American nation," Amir told Isracast.com.

The Iranian leadership likes Obama "mainly because he is a Muslim," according to Amir. His first name, Barack, comes from "al-baraq," which is the name of the horse that Muslims believe Muhammad rode on his way to paradise.

His middle name Hussein is also a Muslim name, and he was "born in a Muslim family," said Amir.

In fact, Obama is a Christian. His deceased father was a Muslim, and though Obama attended a Muslim school in Indonesia, he never pursued the Muslim faith of his early childhood. While some commentators have suggested that this qualifies him as an apostate — a "crime" punishable by death according to Islamic sharia law — Menashe Amir disagreed.

"If he wins the election, Muslims will be very proud of such a conquest, such a win. He didn't convert [to Christianity] after he was 18. It happened much, much before," so the sharia law judgment does not apply.

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2. Columnist: McCain Win Will Trigger 'Race War'

A Philadelphia columnist has gone over the top and warned that if John McCain defeats Barack Obama in November, America will face a "race and class war."

Fatimah Ali of the Philadelphia Daily News, declaring that a McCain victory would bring "four more years of George Bush," writes: "Rich Republicans just don't understand that millions are suffering . . .

"Over the last eight years, we've lost 3.2 million jobs and started a war that's cost trillions. The lies and deceit that got us into Iraq in the first place are just the tip of the iceberg and have ruined America's reputation across the globe.

"Meanwhile, our economy continues to crumble, while crime, homelessness, and poverty continue to soar . . . Suffering is widespread as the gap between rich and poor widens.

"The Bush administration doesn't get it and neither does McCain. He is so out of touch that he hasn't a clue how many homes he owns, while the working class struggles to hold on to one."

Then Ali warns, "If McCain wins, look for a full-fledged race and class war, fueled by a deflated and depressed country, soaring crime, homelessness — and hopelessness!"

But if Obama wins the presidency, Ali said, "we may just see a revolution that can turn the tide and improve this nation for everyone, not just a select few."

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3. Obama's Unwed Mom Pregnant at 17

Before Democrats question the moral turpitude of Sarah Palin's 17-year-old unmarried daughter following the announcement that she's pregnant, they might note that Barack Obama's mother was an unwed 17-year-old when she conceived him.

Barack's Kansas-born mom Ann Dunham married his Kenyan father Barack Obama Sr. on Feb. 2, 1961. Since Barack Obama was born on Aug. 4, 1961, he was conceived before his mother's 18th birthday on Nov. 29, 1960.

Amanda Ripley reported in Time magazine: "On Feb. 2, 1961, several months after they met, Obama's parents got married in Maui, according to divorce records. It was a Thursday. At that point, Ann was three months pregnant with Barack Obama II . . .

"The motivations behind the marriage remain a mystery, even to Obama. 'I never probed my mother about the details. Did they decide to get married because she was already pregnant? Or did he propose to her in the traditional, formal way?' Obama wonders. 'I suppose, had she not passed away, I would have asked more.'"

Barack Obama Sr. left Ann and their son in 1963, and she married Lolo Soetoro, the presidential candidate's stepfather, in 1967.

Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said on Monday that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter Bristol was five months pregnant, and that Bristol would keep her baby and marry the child's father.

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4. Michael Moore: Democrats Should Lay Off Palin's Daughter

Some Democrats have privately expressed the view that the pregnancy of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin's teenage daughter could help Democrat Barack Obama win the White House.

But no less a left-wing voice than filmmaker Michael Moore says criticism of Palin over her daughter's situation would alienate millions of Americans who got pregnant before they got married, or have family members in similar situations.

In an interview with The Hill newspaper, he also asserted that if the situation were reversed, Republicans would use the pregnancy news against Democrats.

He said Republican strategist Karl Rove "would go after that, but we don't want to become them." He added, "Being tough doesn't mean swimming in their sewer."

But just two days before his interview with The Hill, Moore did some "swimming" of his own, posting on his Web site an article headlined "Show Us the DNA!" It suggested that Sarah Palin didn't give birth to her son Trig, but rather Sarah's daughter Bristol gave birth to the child and Sarah was covering that up.

Moore's 2004 documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11" bashed President Bush, and John McCain referred to him in his 2004 convention speech, calling him a "disingenuous filmmaker."

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5. Washingtonian Announces 'Best & Worst of Congress'

Republican Pat Roberts of Kansas is the "Funniest" member of the U.S. Senate, and Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell of Washington is the hottest "Babe."

Those are two of the disclosures from Washingtonian magazine's annual survey of top congressional aides.

Washingtonian surveyed 1,700 administrative assistants, press secretaries, legislative directors, and chiefs of committee staffs to find out who they cite as the best and worst members of Congress.

"Aides are remarkably candid in their responses, even putting aside partisanship to dress down stars of their own party," the magazine observed.

Here are several of their Senate picks and pans for 2008:

  • Hunk: John Thune, R-S.D.
  • Most Eloquent: Barack Obama, D-Ill.
  • Biggest Drone: Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.
  • Meanest: Barbara Mikulski, D-Md.
  • Nicest: Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.
  • Best Dressed: Gordon Smith, R-Ore.
  • Clueless: Jim Bunning, R-Ky.
  • Rising Star: Jim Webb, D-Va.
  • Falling Star: Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

Over in the House, Democrat Barney Frank of Massachusetts is "Funniest," and Republican Mary Bono Mack of California is the hottest "Babe."

The "Clueless" designation goes to Democrat Corrine Brown of Florida.

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6. We Heard . . .

THAT of the 2,380 delegates seated on the floor at the Republican Convention, only 36, or 1.5 percent, were black — the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at conventions 40 years ago.

In 2004, 6.8 percent of Republican delegates were black.

"It's hard to look around and not get frustrated," said Michael S. Steele, a former lieutenant governor of Maryland and the only African-American who was scheduled to speak in prime time at the convention. "You almost have to think, 'Wait. How did it come to this?'"

And Michael Williams, a black Republican who chairs the Texas Railroad Commission, told The Washington Post: "If we don't get better at reaching out, we're in big trouble."

THAT Peter Baker of the International Herald Tribune has an interesting take on the Bush presidency.

In an article headlined "President George W. Bush's Final Days," Baker writes: "For years, he got no credit for a long-running economic recovery, in part because of popular anger over Iraq. Now, it seems, he gets no credit for the improvements in Iraq because of deep discontent over the tattered economy."

THAT Democrats broke with tradition and denied a living former president, Jimmy Carter, an opportunity to speak at the party's convention because of his controversial views on Israel, organizers told the Jewish publication Forward.

Instead, organizers honored Carter with only a short video clip focusing on his work with Hurricane Katrina victims, and a brief walk across the stage with his wife Rosalynn.

Carter published a book in 2006 accusing Israel of practicing apartheid against the Palestinians, Forward noted, and since then "Democrats have been trying to distance themselves from the former president and to convince Jewish activists that he does not represent the party line."

Carter earlier told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the decision not to speak at the convention was his own.

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Headlines (Scroll down for complete stories):1. Iranians Hoping for 'Muslim' Obama Victory2. Columnist: McCain Win Will Trigger 'Race War'3. Obama's Unwed Mom Pregnant at 174. Michael Moore: Democrats Should Lay Off Palin's Daughter5. Washingtonian Announces 'Best & Worst...
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