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Iran’s Basij Press is claiming that a version of the Gospel of Barnabas, found in 2000, will prove that Islam is the final and righteous religion and the revelation will cause the collapse worldwide of Christianity...This version of the Barnabas Gospel was written in the 5th or 6th century and it predicted the coming of the Prophet Mohammad and the religion of Islam, the Basij Press claims.Surely they would not make anything this important up out of whole cloth...
Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. The son of an American anthropologist and a Kenyan finance minister, he attended Columbia University and worked as a financial journalist and editor for Business International Corporation... His commitment to social and racial issues will be evident in his first book, Journeys in Black and White.Thus reads Obama's bio as published in 1991 by the literary agent who was hawking his book. That agent, of course, has taken ownership of the error:
"This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me--an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News.But it does beg the question of the origin of the fact she failed to check*. It is quite unlikely that an agency assistant would insert a birthplace, especially one outside the US, without checking with the author. In fact, it is highly unlikely that she is the source of any of the facts in the bio. Agency assistants don't generally do independent research on people when the answers are a phone call away, and there is no way one can imagine this went to press without a final draft being presented to the author himself. The most likely person to have supplied those facts is therefore the person probably most responsible for the persistent rumors that the president was born overseas: Barack Obama himself.
Did you know?The man is far too modest. In adding campaign talking points to the biography pages of nearly every president of the 20th century, Obama, in his usual self-deprecating style, skipped over the far move momentous accomplishments of the greatest president* ever to preside over the greatest nation on earth**. Some of Obama's more noteworthy 18th and 19th century accomplishments in the presidential arena surely should have been included:
In 1973, Richard Nixon created The President’s Export Council, which was expanded and reconstituted under President Jimmy Carter in 1979. Today the PEC continues to work towards reaching President Obama’s goal of doubling the nation’s exports by 2014’s end.
That [former Massachusetts Governor Deval] Patrick’s prose was so easily borrowed by the president made sense. They share Chicago roots, have common advisers, and are friends. Now that Patrick has been appointed as cochair of Obama’s reelection campaign, you’ll likely hear more of his words on the trail. Here are a few more Patrick gems that Obama might consider cribbing...What follows is a bunch of Patrick quotes that BD thinks might help Obama on the campaign trail. They won't. Obama can* speak exactly the same words as Deval Patrick, yet he will still be no Deval Patrick.
I am a strong and confident 54-year-old woman who can take care of every aspect of a home. I can fix things, mow the grass, etc. I want a man who is also confident and strong, but I always end up with guys who are very clingy which I don’t like. I want a man who is going to be the man in the bedroom — not someone who wants to cuddle and have me do all the work. I am also very confident in the bedroom and can be very sexy and, yes, I can tell them what I want and need. How come I get these guys who have to have a road map to decide which way to turn or how fast they have to go? In other words I need a man who knows how to drive and how fast or slow to go and can do sharp turns and race up hills. I always end up with these guys who are the exact opposite. I ask them if I intimidate them and they say no. Are they lying?I'm sure hilarity ensued, though I didn't bother to read Wendy's response which, since it's woman to woman, is probably meant to assuage the writer's hurt feelings rather than to solve her problem. But be that as it may, I'll be happy to answer the questions.
— Strong and Confident
When secular liberals vote, they think about the outcome of a political choice. They think about consequences. Secular liberals want to create the social conditions that allow everyday people, behaving the way ordinary people behave, to have fewer bad outcomes.It sounds good, right? Liberals think about consequences. The problem is that they *don't* think about consequences, or rather, liberals are pool players who think about only where the cue ball goes - they do not consider what will happen when it hits another ball, nor what those balls will do.
The gaffe-prone vice president had been relatively on message for months. But on Sunday, he referred to the likely Republican presidential nominee as “President Romney” and to his own boss as “President Clinton.” And he inadvertently set off a frenzy on same-sex marriage, not because his position was surprising but because it made Obama’s look all the more absurd.Biden is freaking awesome. He's not "gaffe-prone" any more than Michael Phelps is "swimming-prone" or Adrian Peterson is "touchdown-prone." He's a gaffe machine, created especially by God to demonstrate to fallen humanity that perfection of a craft is possible in this world. He is the Bobby Fischer of the verbal miscue, the Alexander the Great of the Freudian slip, the Leonardo Da Vinci of the solecism, and the George Washington of the faux pas rolled into one man. There will never be another Joe Biden.
"The necessity of the times, more than ever, calls for our utmost circumspection, deliberation, fortitude and perseverance."
-- Samuel Adams