Saturday, November 21, 2009

And a good one with some quotes by David Sirota: "Anti-Obama Billboard Stirs Controversy"

This one about a racist billboard portraying Obama as a cartoon smiling black man who might be a jihadi, with most of the sign taken up by the words "Birth Certificate?"

Excerpt follows, but Sirota is quite an interesting person in that he once bragged in an article, or should I say heavily implied in an article, that he was down with the working class and average Americans because he owns a golden retriever. Yeah. That sentiment alone is so far outside of reality that it negates the whole concept.

Says the man who put up the sign:

""Since Fort Hood, I've had it," owner Phil West told FOX 31 News Friday. "You can't suggest things. You can't profile. You gotta call a spade a spade."

[Even when the person you're talking about is black, I suppose]

"Everything I have read about Mr. Obama points right to the fact that he is a Muslim. And that is the agenda of what Muslim is all about. It's about anti-American, it's about anti-Christianity," West said."

Then the on target remarks from Sirota:

""It's out of control," Sirota said. "This conservative hatred of Barack Obama is out of contol, and this brings together all those strands of it: the racism, the anti-Muslim fervor. It's one thing to criticise the president on health care, or Wall Street reform, or immigration. But this is outrageous. And I think it's a fair question to ask why these questions about religion and ancestry are being directed so viciously at the first African-American President of the United States."

While the ADL issued a statement calling the billboard an exploitation of the Ft. Hood shootings that is "divisive and offensive, and perpetuates hateful and harmful stereotypes about Muslims", prominent conservatives have been silent thus far."

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